You are here

Author Event

Sisters in Crime: The Chicago Chapter Meeting

Sisters in Crime: The Chicago Chapter is conducting its monthly meeting at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. Their event with Guest Speaker,  Laura Caldwell had to be postponed due to a schedule conflict.

However. SinC is having Guest Speaker Retired CPD Sergeant Veronica Blackwood. The Topic will be: Policing: From a Woman's Point of View .

Drive-Bye Signing for Donna Leon

Donna Leon will be driving through Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore today from 1:45-2:30 PM. to sign stock of her new book, Drawing Conclusions 20th in the Commissario Brunetti Mysteries in Venice. N.B. No reservations accepted for a signed copy of Ms. Leon's latest only when PREPAID. She will only sign Centuries & Sleuths stock. There will likely be little or no converstion with Ms. Leon.

Drawing Conclusions Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9780802119797
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 4th, 2011

A Question of Belief Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118954
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2011

About Face Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143116592
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

The Girl of His Dreams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115618
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2009

Author Signing and Discussion with Michael Stanley (a.k.a. Stanley Trollip & Michael Sears)

Michael Stanley returns for the 3rd time with their 3rd Detective Kubu Mystery set in South Africa, Death of the Mantis.

From the Crime Writers’ Association’s award-winning team of Stanley Trollip and Michael Sears comes the third book in the Detective Kubu mystery series, where members of an ancient nomadic tribe are fingered in the murder of a ranger in modern-day Botswana.

In DEATH OF THE MANTIS (Trade Paperback Original; Harper Paperbacks; $14.99) the southern Kalahari area of Botswana is an arid landscape of legends—of lost cities buried beneath the moving sands, of incredible hidden wealth, and of ancient gods. For thousands of years it has been home to the nomadic San people.

This is also a region of colonial history. When the Germans lost the First World War, they also lost the true riches of the land: the Sperrgebiet—or Forbidden Coast—of present-day southern Namibia is fabulously rich in alluvial diamonds.

A fractious ranger named Monzo is found dead, fallen into a donga—a dry ravine—surrounded by three San people. Were they trying to help or were they the murderers? The local police arrest the nomads and put Detective David “Kubu” Bengu on the case. His old school friend, Khumanego, reappears in Kubu’s life—not only is he a Sans but an advocate for his marginalized people. Khumanego claims the arrest is motivated by racist antagonism from the police and finds himself butting heads with Kubu. Meanwhile, Kubu learns that two botany students on their way back from a specimen-collecting trip have been found dead, seemingly poisoned. Are the deaths connected?

Once again, Michael Stanley offers an authentic and original look at modern-day Africa, a juxtaposition of tribal culture, lingering racism, and colonialism. It’s a brilliant addition to the popular Detective Kubu series.


Stanley Trollip was born in Johannesburg, where he was schooled from childhood to his university degree in Statistics. Since 1976, he has founded and operated a data processing school, worked in consulting, and held various professorships at the Universities of Illinois and Minnesota. He is a full-time writer, and divides his time between South Africa and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michael Sears was born in Johannesburg, and grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, Kenya. His family emigrated to Australia during apartheid, but he returned to Africa in 1972 and taught at the University in Johannesburg. Until 2007, he worked at Anglo American, a major international mining house associated with the diamond giant De Beers. Sears lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Staff Pick Logo
Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062000378
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2011

Staff Pick Logo
A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061252419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - March 31st, 2009

Staff Pick Logo
The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu (Detective Kubu Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061252501
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson

Raymond Benson makes is annual appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore with a new book & new mystery theme in The Black Stiletto.

Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed ,still -unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy?But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto's old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well.

Author Discussion & Signing with June Skinner Sawyers

June Skinner Sawyers returns after a long absence from Centuries & Sleuths author rolls to discuss & sign her latest biography, Bob Dylan: New York. Don't let the title concern you because June tells much about Dylan's life growing up in Minnesota in the midwest.

Bob Dylan: New York (Musicplace) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984316595
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Forties Press - May 1st, 2011

Author Discussion & Signing with Dr. Franklin Saksena, M.D.

Dr. Franklin Saksena, M.D. returns to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore with his 2nd book, More Sherlock Holmes Puzzles: 50 Crosswords and 50 Accrostics.

Mystery Writers of America, The Midwest Chapter Meeting

Topic: Borders' Bankruptcy: What Does it Mean for Writers, Readers, and Booksellers?

There will be a panel authors (e.g. Michael Black, Robert Goldsborough...) and a bookseller discussing the topic and the audience will be invited to participate.


Mystery Writers of America: Midwest Chapter CHRISTMAS PARTY

Mystery Writers of America: Midwest Chapter

Celebrates Christmas with Members & Invited Guests

Author Discussion & Signing with Matthew Algeo

This is Matthew Algeo's  first visit to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore. He will talk about and sign his new non-fiction book, The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Vituous Grover Cleveland Survives A Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies The Courageous Newspaperman who Dared Expose the Truth.

Author Discussion & Signing with Bestselling Author, Robert Goldsborough

Bob Goldsborough returns to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to discuss and sign his lastest Steve "Snap" Malek mystery, Terror at the Fair (1949) 1on Sunday March 20, 2011 at 2PM. The "Fair" you ask? This is set in 1949 during the Chicago Railroad Fair where the marvels of mid-twentieth century transportation are on exhibit for the public to see and admire. Murder galore and who will be the celebraties that Snap will come across in this thriller? (A modern movie magnate from Annaheim, California?)

Get the book & be there!



Three Strikes You're Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590804247
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - April 1st, 2005

Shadow of the Bomb Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590803516
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - September 1st, 2006

A Death in Pilsen: A Snap Malek Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590805312
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - December 1st, 2007

A President in Peril Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590806166
Availability: Special Order
Published: Echelon Press Publishing - June 1st, 2009


Subscribe to RSS - Author Event