About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for 30 years, Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's atmosphere is warm and friendly, with oak/cherry bookcases, shelves clearly labeled with the historical era / topic, mystery, or related subjects of their books, and comfortable seating, inviting you to browse your chosen subject(s). You won't "get lost in the stacks", but you can definitely get lost in the books.

If you're unsure where to start, our knowledgeable, helpful staff will be happy to act as your guide through fact or fiction, history or mystery, and adults' or children’s books. We'll even giftwrap your book purchases upon request.

Often, you can discuss your opinion about a book with other like-minded (or not) readers, or even with the author who excited your curiosity, rapture, or dissent, because five different reader/writer discussion  groups meet here regularly; and we host frequent author and community events.

You can follow our events, order books online, and see "staff picks" of books we recently enjoyed, or our groups are discussing, on our web page, Facebook, or Instagram. Or sign up to receive our monthly newsletter.  By all means, get to know us better!

Dear Friends,

We are profoundly grateful for your book and gift certificate orders that helped sustain us during the pandemic lockdown.

With some trepidation, we tentatively move from Stage 4 to Stage 3 in the Illinois COVID-19 precautions. Barring a peak and relapse, we're able to open our door, and welcome customers back into the store. Since we're not out of the woods yet, we do so within the current guidelines:


Wear your mask

Use hand sanitizer (yours or ours) before handling books; or wash your hands

Keep a 2 bookcase width between you and other customers

If attending a discussion group, please don't move chairs closer together or bring food

 Phone (708/771-7243) and online orders  (cns7419@sbcglobal.net )  are accepted in the usual manner. Due to the uncertainty of the ultimate pandemic timeline, we strongly recommend you call us before attending events beyond the current Illinois phase proclamation.

Thank you all, wishing you wellness..
Centuries and Sleuths


Michael A. Black returns for Devil's Dance

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Michael A. Black returns on December 6 at 2 p.m. to share a new action investigator. When Military Intelligence Ranger Seargent Steve Wolf goes into private business, the only options are survival or death!
A career policeman himself, Michael brings credibility to the characters, motives and the action, that deepens the suspense on every page.
He has an MFA in fiction writing,numerous short stories, and other  popular series under his belt, including The Executioner Series and the Ron Shade series (Windy City Knight).
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When Military Intelligence team Army Ranger Sergeant Steve Wolf with a Private Military Company known as the Vipers, he subsequently finds himself blamed for the deaths of some Iraqi civilians after a botched raid in Baghdad.

Upon his release from prison four years later Wolf's friend and mentor, former Green Beret Jim McNamara, invites him into the bounty hunting business. Wolf reluctantly agrees and the pair cross paths with some undesirable characters as they head down south of the border to apprehend a wanted fugitive. Unbeknownst to Wolf, his old enemies from Iraq, the Vipers, are also in Mexico on the trail of the same fugitive, who is in possession of a priceless stolen artifact being sought by a very rich and unscrupulous man. The trail leads them all to El Meco, the abandoned Mayan ruins, where Wolf finds himself suddenly battling alone against a small army of vicious foes.


Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of 2019

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of 2019. These Bestsellers are determined by a variety of factors (e.g. Author Signings, Mystery & History Discussion Groups' choices, Special Programs, Newspaper & Magazine listings, etc,) in addition to customer & staff recommendations.



Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984804822
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - July 30th, 2019

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Death of an Art Collector: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #14) Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781504057547
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - May 14th, 2019

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Blues in the Dark: A Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948924917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Crimewise - October 8th, 2019

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Becoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763138
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119227
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2011

The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures #1) Cover Image
By Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375857119
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2011

The Ghost of Cleopatra: Edmonia Lewis and Her Lost Masterpiece Cover Image
ISBN: 9781098743468
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: John Rice - February 21st, 2020

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The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780312555382
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 6th, 2009

Blood Trails Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940758565
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Intrigue Publishing LLC - July 28th, 2017

This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749297
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

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