About Centuries and Sleuths

Celebrating its independence in specialty bookselling for almost 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).

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. They'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!

Author Discussion & Signing with Robert Goldsborough

Title: Death of An Art Collector (14th Archie & Nero Mystery)

Author: Robert Goldsborough

Date June 2, 2019

Day: Sunday

Time: 2:00 PM

No matter how fabulously he’s being courted, infamously dour “art hog” Arthur Wordell isn’t keen on favoring the new Guggenheim Museum with his extensive collection. Even at the urging of his beloved daughter, Nadia. Then, the night after the museum’s fête, Arthur takes a twenty-story plunge from the window of his Times Square office. Nadia thinks it’s no mere coincidence. Eccentric, yes. Suicidal, no. Private investigator Nero Wolfe and his assistant, Archie Goodwin, agree. Especially after eyeballing Arthur’s enemies and sycophants, including his ex-wife, a covetous curator, a troika of obsequious advisors, and an outré Greenwich Village artist anxious to see her work out of storage and on the walls of the “Guggie.” For Wolfe, there’s a problem: Arthur didn’t leave a will. Without a beneficiary not a soul in Arthur’s circle is set to benefit from his death. Nor do they show any customary indication of guilt. If anybody can solve a seemingly unsolvable masterpiece of murder, it’s Wolfe. Unfortunately, this time, New York’s artful investigator is, admittedly, stumped.
Continuing the acclaimed series—which also includes The Battered Badge, Archie Meets Nero WolfeMurder in the Ball ParkArchie in the Crosshairs, and Murder, Stage Left—Nero Award–winning author Robert Goldsborough “does a masterly job with the Wolfe legacy” (Booklist).


Robert Goldsborough (b. 1937) is an American author best known for continuing Rex Stout’s famous Nero Wolfe series. Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University, and upon graduation went to work for the Associated Press, beginning a lifelong career in journalism that would include long periods at the Chicago Tribune and Advertising Age. While at the Tribune, Goldsborough began writing mysteries in the voice of Rex Stout, the creator of iconic sleuths Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough’s first novel starring Wolfe, Murder in E Minor (1986), was met with acclaim both from critics and devoted fans, winning a Nero Award from the Wolfe Pack. Six more novels followed, including Death on Deadline (1987) and Fade to Black (1990). In 2005, Goldsborough published Three Strikes You’re Dead, the first in an original series starring Chicago Tribune reporter Snap Malek. His most recent novel is Terror at the Fair (2011).

"Archie and Nero Wolfe fans rejoice! Robert Goldsborough, who so deftly and ably continued the Wolfe series a few years back, has returned to tell the story every fan wanted to hear: the origin of the Wolfe/Goodwin partnership. This book has a hardboiled sheen worthy of the period it recreates and captures Stout's recurring characters—not just Archie and Wolfe—with a fidelity that is damn near supernatural. And Archie's voice and Wolfe's grand demeanor are spot on. Here's hoping Goldsborough finds a dozen more untold cases as he channels the great Rex Stout." —Max Allan Collins, author of Bye Bye, Baby

Death of an Art Collector: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #14) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504057547
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - May 14th, 2019

A Celebration of Allium Press of Chicago’s Tenth Anniversary

A Celebration of Allium Press of Chicago’s Tenth Anniversary

Date: June 6, 2019

Day: Thursday

Time: 7-9:00 PM

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   Come help Allium Press celebrate their 10th anniversary with the launch of their newest title, K. P. Kyle’s Sync.                   The author will talk about her book, a contemporary techo thriller, and be available for signing.

   Also joining the celebration will be Allium authors Frances McNamara, D. M. Pirrone,                                                          Libby Fischer Hellmann, Tony Romano, and J. Bard-Collins. Their books will be available for purchase and signing. 

   Allium Press was founded in Forest Park in 2009 as a small independent press and publishes fiction with a                         Chicago connection—including literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fiction. 


The latest author and title added to Allium Press of Chicago's Catalog of Fine Novels:



   "Brigid Sullivan is divorced, depressed, and working as a telemarketer to pay the bills for her Alzheimer-afflicted mother's medical care. When she spots a hitchhiker in midwinter, she takes a chance and gives a stranger a ride—sending her predictable life into chaos. For Jason is an escapee from a secretive research lab who has the ability to shift into alternate realities. He's also on the run, and soon, the bad guys appear at Brigid's home, looking for Jason. Thanks to Brigid's emotional support dog, Lithium, and her own willingness to beat up a home intruder, the attacker is driven off, but this is the start of Brigid's new, dangerous life. As she and Jason flee from the police and more ominous forces, Brigid learns about Jason's powers and his traumatic history. While Jason wrestles with fear, guilt, and the physical side effects of his powers, Brigid rises to the crisis with strengths she didn't know she possessed. When Jason is recaptured, it's up to Brigid to find allies, expose the project, and free Jason and everyone else. For his part, Jason will finally learn the purpose that the project's current managers have been hiding, but will the truth ultimately destroy him? The stakes and the villains throughout remain realistic and believable, and Brigid's aggressive normalcy lends her great charm as a protagonist. There's a solid supporting cast as well; even relatively minor characters like Jason's family get strong, poignant moments to shine and to help save the day." [Kirkus Review March 13, 2019]




 K. P. Kyle was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where her mother was the founder and owner of the much-beloved independent bookstore Narnia Children’s Books. She received her BA from the University of Chicago and her DVM from Cornell University. She has lived in South Boston, Massachusetts for the past sixteen years, with the exception of two years spent in Senegal. She works as a veterinarian and shares her home with a bush dog and a black dog. This is her debut novel. 

Death at the Selig Studios (Emily Cabot Mysteries #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996755894
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Published: Allium Press - May 29th, 2018

Honor Above All Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989053570
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Published: Allium Press - June 17th, 2014

A Bitter Veil Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983193814
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Published: Allium Press - April 15th, 2012

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For You Were Strangers (Hanley & Rivka Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989053594
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Published: Allium Press - December 15th, 2015

Where My Body Ends and the World Begins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996755870
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Published: Allium Press - December 12th, 2017

Centuries & Sleuths Top Ten Bestselling Authors of 2018

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's Bestselling Authors of 2018. 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. 


Shell Game: A V.I. Warshawski Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062435866
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Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

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A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425282625
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Published: Berkley - July 31st, 2018

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The Battered Badge (Nero Wolfe Mysteries #13) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504049108
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Published: Mysteriouspress.Com/Open Road - April 17th, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the Battle for Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062441942
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Published: William Morrow - August 14th, 2018

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In the Hush of the Night: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510729872
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Published: Skyhorse - May 15th, 2018

Under a Dark Sky: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062560308
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2018

Astoria: Astor and Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Tale of Ambition and Survival on the Early American Frontier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062218308
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Published: Ecco - February 10th, 2015

Philipp of Hesse: Unlikely Hero of the Reformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780758661968
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Published: Concordia Publishing House - November 16th, 2018

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