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Author Discussion & Signing with Clare O'Donohue

Clare O'Donohue retrurns to Centuries & Sleuths for her 4th mystery, Missing Persons which is the first in a new series with Kate Conway a Chicago TV Producer suspected of killing her husband.

Missing Persons: A Kate Conway Mystery Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780452297067
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Published: Plume - May 31st, 2011

The Lover's Knot: A Someday Quilts Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452289796
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Published: Plume - September 30th, 2008

A Drunkard's Path: A Someday Quilts Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295582
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Published: Plume - September 29th, 2009

The Double Cross: A Someday Quilts Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452296428
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Published: Plume - September 28th, 2010

"Drive Bye" Signing with Martha Grimes

Ms. Martha Grimes will be in the Chicago area on February 17th (Thursday) and through the good offices of my West Cook YMCA friend, Mr. Dick Barry she will visit to sign copies of her books including her latest Fadeaway Girl some time that afternoon (NO SPECIFIC TIME POSTED).

The beguiling young sleuth Emma Graham returns in Fadeway Girl.

Martha Grimes returns to her twelve-year-old heroine, Emma Graham, in this suspenseful sequel to the bestselling Belle Ruin. Emma continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four- month-old Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance in town of the baby's father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth. Then a mysterious drifter named Ralph Diggs appears at the Hotel Paradise, looking for work, ingratiating himself with everyone there. Everyone, that is, except Emma.

The perceptive Emma is bound once again to delight fans of the previous books Hotel Paradise, Cold Flat Junction, and Belle Ruin, and certain to win new readers with her intuition and humor.

Fadeaway Girl Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780670022441
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Published: Viking Adult - February 3rd, 2011

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451232946
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Published: Berkley - February 1st, 2011

Dust: A Richard Jury Mystery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451222664
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Published: Berkley - December 4th, 2007

Hotel Paradise (Emma Graham Series) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345394255
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - April 28th, 1997

Belle Ruin (Emma Graham Series) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451219442
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2006

Author Discussion & Signing with Sean Parnell

What's better way to prepare for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festivities than to listen to Sean Parnell talk about his book Historic Bars of Chicago at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore on the street that has Forest Park's "Best"? Then you can purchase the book and have Sean sign it for you. It'll be a momento to review every March.

Kind of Like Museums...But You Can Drink There!

They're famous and infamous, riddled with stories and scars, and thriving with contemporary personality alongside historic color. They're the essential bars for understanding what Chicago is all about.

Your Chicago Bar Project

How about soaking up Chicago history and cultural knowledge one tavern at a time? In Historic Bars of Chicago author Sean Parnell (http://chibarproject.com) delivers a compelling Chicago 101 and Masters program all in one. Simply visit the historic neighborhood pubs, dives, cocktail lounges, blues bars, jazz clubs, and bierstubes in his book; read a bit about them; mingle with the regulars; and join in their games, music, and banter. You will absorb the essence of the city and be thinking (and drinking) like a real Chicagoan in no time.

Chicago Culture on Tap

Pull up a barstool, order a cold one, and discover Chicago's past in its present.

  • What is the oldest drinking establishment in Chicago?
  • Which Chicago bar received the first liquor license following Prohibition?
  • What are Chicago's oldest nightclub, blues bar, jazz club, sports bar, wine bar, and beer garden?
  • What were Schlitz tied houses?
  • What were the favorite hangouts of Al Capone, John Dillinger, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Algren?
  • What bars remain from the days of Polish Broadway?
  • Where did Japanese Americans congregate after World War II?

Historic Bars of Chicago answers all these and more, plus includes profiles of Chicago's 100 most historic bars, entries devoted to suburban bars, tributes to bars we miss the most, indexes by age and bar type, 5 theme and 26 neighborhood historic pub crawls, and a coupon towards creating your own historic pub crawl by trolley.

Historic Bars of Chicago: A Guide to the 100 Most Historic Neighborhood Taverns, Blues Bars, Jazz Clubs, Cocktail Lounges, Sports Bars, Nightclu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781893121829
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Lake Claremont Press - May 1st, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Erik Larson

Erik Larson returns to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to discuss & sign his latest true historical mystery, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin set prior to the Second World War. 

Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review
  
Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.
 
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
 
A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
 
Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780307408846
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2011

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

Thunderstruck Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400080670
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375708275
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679759270
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Published: Vintage - January 15th, 1995

Naked Consumer: How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140233032
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 1994

Author Discussion & Signing: Richard Lindberg

Author, Richard Lindberg will be returning to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to discuss his latest true crime chronicle, Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era Chicago.

The time for this is 11:00 AM.

Heartland serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch and Murder for Profit in Gaslight Era America, profiling Gunness and Hoch, two early 20th Century serial killers who placed advertisements in the lonely hearts columns of ethnic newspapers advertising for desperately lonely men and women to marry…swindle…and ultimately murder, will be published by Northern Illinois University Press in DeKalb, IL, in March of 2011. Belle Gunness carried out her bloody work in a rural farm house outside of LaPorte, Indiana from 1900-1908. Hoch, the lesser known fiend, was an apprentice to Dr. H.H. Holmes, the "master of murder castle" (more famously known as the "Devil in the White City") in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair. Hoch struck off on his own after his mentor, H.H. Holmes, was captured and hanged. Hoch, this squat, balding killer married 35 women in his time – about ten of them ended up in graves once their dowry and insurance policies were safely in his hand. Hoch and Gunness were contemporaries but they did not work together, nor did they know each, but if they had, one would have cancelled out the other. 
 

 

The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago's Democratic Machine Cover Image
By Richard C. Lindberg, John Miya (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780809328932
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Southern Illinois University Press - June 1st, 2009

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780897334211
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Published: Chicago Review Press - January 2nd, 2013

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Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago's Netherworld: 1880-1920 Cover Image
By Richard Lindberg, Bob Deckert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780897334211
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Published: Chicago Review Press - January 2nd, 2013

Authors Discussion & Signing: Neal Samors and Bernard Judge

  Neal Samors and Bernard Judge will discuss and sign their latest photographic history book this country's the most romantic highway, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive: Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway.

  Lifelong Chicago resident Neal Samors has made a career of writing and publishing award-winning books about the Windy City. Both his Downtown Chicago in Transition and his Chicago in the 1960s garnered Independent Publishers honors. Dr. Samor's latest exemplary effort in hometown pride tracks the history of Chicago's spectacular Lake Shore Drive. An adept tribute to asphalt excellence.

 

Author Discussion & Signing: Richard Davidson

Author Discussion and Signing with Richard Davidson for his first appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for his The Lord's Paryer Mystery Series: (1) Lead Us Not Into Temptation and (2) Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread with Arthur Blake, Pastor of Parkville United Methodist Church.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: The Lord's Prayer Mystery Series Volume I Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781602644076
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Published: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing - June 9th, 2009

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: The Lord's Prayer Mystery Series Volume II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780982916001
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Published: Radmar, Inc. Publishing Group - September 14th, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing with Alex Matthews

Join us in celebrating the publication of Alex Matthews tenth Cassidy Mc Cabe Mystery, Healer's Heresy set in Oak Park.

Cassidy, a psychotherapist, is unnerved when her doorbell rings late at night.  Her reporter husband Zach answers it, the returns to tell her their visitor is a former client with booze on his breath and blood on his shirt.

Overriding Zach's objections, Cassidy takes her client into her home office and listens to what he has to say.  When he tells her what he wants from her, she is shocked.

Against her better judgment, she believes her client is telling the truth and accedes to his wishes.  Later that night, Cassidy and Zach find a dead body.  It's Claudia, the woman doctor who took out an order of protection against Cassidy's client.

As Cassidy and Zach work together to uncover the truth, they learn that Claudia wasn't who she seemed to be...and that asking the wrong person the wrong question could prove fatal.

Author Discussion & Signing with Frances Mc Namara

Join us for a Discussion & Signing with Frances Mc Namara for her third Emily Cabot historical mystery set in Chicago, Murder at Pullman.

"A model town at war with itself . . . 

George Pullman created an ideal community for his railroad car workers, complete with every amenity they could want or need. But when hard economic times hit in 1894, lay-offs follow and the workers can no longer pay their rent or buy food at the company store. Starving and desperate, they turn against their once benevolent employer.

Emily Cabot and her friend Dr. Stephen Chapman bring much needed food and medical supplies to the town, hoping they can meet the immediate needs of the workers and keep them from resorting to violence.

But when one young worker-suspected of being a spy-is murdered, and a bomb plot comes to light, Emily must race to discover the truth behind a tangled web of family and company alliances."

Death at the Fair (Emily Cabot Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780984067619
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Published: Allium Press - December 28th, 2009

Death at Hull House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984067602
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Published: Allium Press - December 1st, 2009

Author Discussion & Signing

Author Discussion & Signing with D.M. Pirrone for her No Less in Blood (A Modern Mysterywith links to Chicago of 1893 and Minnesota).

Publishers Weekly

An 1893 missing-person case has unexpected repercussions more than a century later in Pirrone's intriguing debut. In Birch Falls, Minn., 12-year-old Linnet Chapman is waiting for her mother, Grace Chapman, to join her and her grandfather, Jackson Schlegel, who looks after but doesn't own the Schlegel manse. Sadly, Linnet's abusive father, Luke Chapman, has already murdered Grace in Chicago. The 1904 will of mining magnate Andrew Jackson Schlegel, who died in 1907, contains a surprising bequest that could make Linnet very rich, ditto any others who can prove they're blood kin. Enter writer Rachel Connolly, an adoptee in search of her roots, who discovers that her late birth mother was related to the Schlegels. Rachel goes to Birch Falls and meets Linnet, who's found the diary of her great-grandmother, Mary Anne Schlegel, the key to understanding how Mary's disappearance during the Columbian World's Exposition in 1893 connects to Rachel and Linnett. Readers will hope to see more historical crime fiction from Pirrone, the nom de plume of Diane Piron-Gelman. (Feb.)

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