Author Event

Author Discussion and Signing with Pascal Marco

Chicago native Pascal Marco visits Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for the first time to discuss & sign his mystery, Identity: Lost. Set in the south side of Chicago with the brutal killing of the last surviving team member of the Chicago Black Sox.


It's July, 1975 and an overworked Chicago police force receives a call that an 85-year-old white man has been attacked by a gang of black youths on the lakefront in Burnham Park. Amid public outrage, contentious Mayor Richard J. Daley commands his police to find the killers fast and make the bucolic park safe again.Uncommonly but fortunately for the police, twelve-year-old James Overstreet steps forward and identifies five of the six assailants and arrests are made. But detectives and county attorneys bungle the case, leaving the judge no choice but to release the accused.This startling turn of events jeopardizes James's life, forcing the entire Overstreet family into witness protection in Arizona, and creates a nightmare that will haunt the brave witness forever.Fast-forward thirty years. The stoic young man has grown to become Maricopa County's most feared prosecutor. But his life is about to be turned upside down when paths from the past cross into the present, veering toward a shocking climax.

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ISBN: 9781608090150
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - June 14th, 2011

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.

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ISBN: 9780802119797
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 4th, 2011

A Question of Belief (A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery #18) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118954
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2011

About Face (A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery #17) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143116592
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

The Girl of His Dreams (A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery #16) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115618
Availability: Hard to Find
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.

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Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu Series #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062000378
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2011

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A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu (Detective Kubu Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061252419
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 31st, 2009

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The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu: A Detective Kubu Mystery (Detective Kubu Series #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061252501
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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.

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ISBN: 9780984316595
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roaring Forties Press - May 1st, 2011

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.


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