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Mystery Writers of American Meeting

Guest speakers: Danielle Egan-Miller, owner and president, and Joanna MacKenzie, literary agent, from                                

Browne & Miller Literary Associates, Chicago’s leading literary agency.

Egan-Miller and MacKenzie will discuss how authors can best work with agents.

2015 Independents Day Year Three

We will have over 20 authors throughout the day helping Centuries & Sleuths celebrating not only Independents Day established three years ago, but Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's TWENTY-FIFTH (25TH) ANNIVERSARY of being an Independent Bookseller. Come join us and purchase some signed books by local authors that make great Hoiliday Presents and the autographs make them special!

Authors Discussion & Signing with Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing

Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Daniel Block & Howard B. Rosing talk about their book, Chicago: A Food Biography which will become both a Chicago and a dining classic. Then if you purchase it at Centuries & Sleuths you can have it signed. If you bring a book not purchased at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to be signed there is a $5/book fee to have it signed. We are sure you understand, "You wouldn't bring a can/bottle of Pilsner beer with you when dining at the Berghoff's Restaurant."

About the Book:

Chicago began as a frontier town on the edge of white settlement and as the product of removal of culturally rich and diverse indigenous populations. The town grew into a place of speculation with the planned building of the Illinois and Michigan canal, a boomtown, and finally a mature city of immigrants from both overseas and elsewhere in the US. In this environment, cultures mixed, first at the taverns around Wolf Point, where the forks of the Chicago River join, and later at the jazz and other clubs along the Stroll in the black belt, and in the storefront ethnic restaurants of today. Chicago was the place where the transcontinental railroads from the West and the trunk roads from the East met. Many downtown restaurants catered specifically to passengers transferring from train to train between one of the five major downtown railroad stations. This also led to destination restaurants, where Hollywood stars and their onlookers would dine during overnight layovers between trains. At the same time, Chicago became the candy capital of the US and a leading city for national conventions, catering to the many participants looking for a great steak and atmosphere. Beyond hosting conventions and commerce, Chicagoans also simply needed to eat safely and relatively cheaply. Chicago grew amazingly fast, becoming the second largest city in the US in 1890. Chicago itself and its immediate surrounding area was also the site of agriculture, both producing food for the city and for shipment elsewhere. Within the city, industrial food manufacturers prospered, highlighted by the meat processors at the Chicago stockyards, but also including candy makers such as Brach's and Curtiss, and companies such as Kraft Foods. At the same time, large markets for local consumption emerged. The food biography of Chicago is a story of not just culture, economics, and innovation, but also a history of regulation and regulators, as they protected Chicago's food supply and built Chicago into a city where people not only come to eat, but where locals rely on the availability of safe food and water. With vivid details and stories of local restaurants and food, Block and Rosing reveal Chicago to be one of the foremost eating destinations in the country.


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ISBN: 9781442227262
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - September 3rd, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Michael Black talk about his latest Executioner book, Uncut Terror. The buy at C&S and get signed by Michael for a great addition to your collection.

Diamonds Aren't Forever in The Executioner: Uncut Terror:
A legendary Kremlin assassin slaughters an American defector before he can be repatriated. Not about to let the murder go unpunished, Mack Bolan sets out to even the score. 
His first target is a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime, a man who was unexpectedly released from a Siberian prison. Bolan tracks him to the World Diamond Council meeting in New York City, where the Russians reveal their deadly endgame. Only one man can stop their scheme to crash the Western economy and kill hundreds of innocent people--the Executioner.

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ISBN: 9780373644438
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Published: Gold Eagle - October 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780373644193
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gold Eagle - October 1st, 2013

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ISBN: 9780373615773
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Published: Gold Eagle - June 2nd, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with D. M. Pirrone

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to listen to and have your  For You Were Strangers newly purchased at C&S, signed by D. M. Pirrone.

It's the second in the Hanley & Rivka Mystery series. On a spring morning in 1872, fomer Civil War officer Ben Champion is discovered in his Chicago bedroom -- a bayonet protruding from his back. What starts as a routine case for Detective Frank Hanley soon becomes anything but, as his investigation into Champion's life turns up hidden truths best left buried.

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ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781489533159
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Published: Createspace - May 23rd, 2013

Authors Discussion & Signing with Local Authors E. C. Diskin & Pat Camalliere

Ms Diskin's first visit to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for her 2nd mystery Broken Grace which is a winter's tale set in Michigan. Please come & help us welcome her to the local literary hangout where books come alive with the help of very good authors.

This is Ms. Camalliere's first visit for an author signing at Centuries & Sleuths Boosktore too, for her mystery The Mystery at Sag Bridge set in Lemont a small suburb of Chicago. This "Cold Case" mystery involves a capricious spirit, a mysterious wolf,and a 100-year-old triple homicide of a young Irish family.

About Broken Grace

On an icy winter's day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbott wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she's left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can't remember anything. Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family's secluded old farmhouse to recover but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace's boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi. With suspicion weighing heavily on her and flashes of memory returning, Grace searches for clues to her past. But with every glimpse, her anxiety grows. There is something about the house, her family, her childhood perhaps the accident isn t the only reason she can t remember. Are the dark recesses of her mind hiding something even more sinister and terrifying than she could ever imagine? Is someone willing to kill again to hide the truth?


About The Mystery at Sag Bridge

Photo courtesy Richard Hoyt Lee

   Cora Tozzi is a retired businesswoman who, after nursing her mother through her final illness, wishes only for a peaceful orderly world in her suburban Chicago home. When an angry spirit begins to leave cryptic messages on her computer and threatens those around her, Cora is forced to dig into the town’s notorious past to uncover secrets  that will free the bonds that tie her and the spirit. With the help of her husband and their friend, Frannie, Cora uses her skills as an amateur historian in a search that takes    them into unexpected terrain including subterranean passages, an eerie graveyard, and shadowy paths in isolated forests where a sinister predator is awakened. As  they battle unpredictable supernatural powers, the story takes a poignant turn: the spirit’s life is revealed, and both women, a century apart, examine threads into the past and the future, their loss and longing linked across the generations.


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ISBN: 9781503946187
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - August 25th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781477818404
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - November 26th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781937484309
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Published: Amika Press - April 4th, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Wendy Sands Eckel

Come and meet new mystery author Wendy Sanda Eckel at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore as she discusses and then signs her novel  Murder at Barclay Meadow.




Rosalie Hart's world has been upended. After her husband confesses to an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. With its fields untended and the house itself in disrepair, Barclay Meadow couldn't be more different than the tidy D.C. suburb she used to call home. Just when Rosalie feels convinced things couldn't get any worse, she finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. When the sheriff declares the death an accident, she becomes suspicious. The dead girl, Megan, reminds her of her own daughter, who has recently gone off to college, and she feels a responsibility to find out the truth.

Rosalie confides her doubts to her friends in her creative writing class, and they ask to join her investigation, beginning the search in earnest. Meanwhile, Rosalie works on restoring Barclay Meadow to its former glory-with help from the rugged Tyler Wells, a farmer who once leased the land. When Rosalie discovers her aunt's favorite bread recipe on a yellowed index card, she begins baking, and with her deep love for nourishing others rekindled, she starts to feel alive again. But as she zeroes in on the truth about what happened to Megan, she begins getting ominous threats. Determined to get justice for Megan and protect the new home she's begun to build for herself, Rosalie races to catch the killer in this deftly plotted and heartwarming debut.

About the Author

WENDY SAND ECKEL is a psychotherapist who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, where she enjoys her family, multiple pets, and life on the water. "Murder at Barclay Meadow" is her first novel.



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ISBN: 9781250058607
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 28th, 2015

Author Discussion and Signing with Jeffrey Siger (His 7th Visit to Centuries & Sleuths

Come join us as we celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Siger's 7th Police Chief Andreas Kaldis Mystery, The Devil of Delphi set on modern Greece!

Make sure this is one of your stops on the Forest Park Chamber's Holiday Walk from 6 PM to 9 PM this Friday


About the Book

Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked everything.

Young Athenian Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life among its rolling hills and endless olive groves. But his dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin's skills so in demand, that his fate does not rest entirely in his own hands. Greece is being flooded with bomba, counterfeits of the most celebrated alcoholic beverages and wine brands. The legitimate annual trillion-dollar world market is in peril. So, too, are consumers someone is not just counterfeiting booze, but adulterating it, often with poisonous substances. Who is masterminding this immensely lucrative conspiracy?

Kharon learns who when the ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. Her decrees are as absolute as the Oracle's, and as fearsomely punished. Kharon agrees, but dictates his own payoff. And his own methods, which allow his targets some choice in the outcomes.

When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece's richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece's government. Think "Breaking Bad," Greek-style.


About the Author

The New York Times described Jeffrey Siger s novels as thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales, the Greek Press called his work prophetic, Eurocrime described him as a very gifted American author...on a par with other American authors such as Joseph Wambaugh or Ed McBain, and the City of San Francisco awarded him its Certificate of Honor citing that his acclaimed books have not only explored modern Greek society and its ancient roots but have inspired political change in Greece. Mykonos After Midnight is the fifth novel in his Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis series, following up on his internationally best-selling Murder in Mykonos, Assassins of Athens, Prey on Patmos, and Target: Tinos

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ISBN: 9781464204326
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 6th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781590586914
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 1st, 2010

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ISBN: 9781590587683
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 4th, 2011

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ISBN: 9781590587072
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 1st, 2010

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ISBN: 9781590589786
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 5th, 2012

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ISBN: 9781464201837
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 3rd, 2013

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ISBN: 9781464203169
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 7th, 2014

Author Discussion with Michael Raleigh

Michael Raleigh returns to Centuries & Sleuths to discuss & sign his newest mystery, Peerless Detective  featuring Chicago P.I. Harry Strummer. 

Once Billy Fox starts looking for trouble, he discovers that in Chicago trouble's under every footstep.
Home from the war, Billy Fox leaves Michigan for Chicago, hoping to find his ex-girlfriend, Rita now another man's wife. Chicago isn t a town that takes kindly to strangers, and Billy finds himself barely scraping by, working odd jobs and living in squalor among convicts and other men that the city hasn t spit out just yet.
A chance encounter lands him a job with Harry Strummer, the streetwise owner of the Peerless Detective Agency. At Harry's oddball agency, Billy hones his skills, learning how to stake out a mark, find a bug, and spot a tail. Odd life lessons and unexpected romance come his way. But as he searches for Rita, an even bigger mystery comes along, one that puts Harry, and Billy with him, in the crosshairs.
This punchy, spellbinding noir spins a web that will catch readers and hold them captive to the final page, when we learn that Billy's Chicago is a town where nothing is ever truly left up to chance.

About the Author

Michael Raleigh is the author of five Paul Whelan mysteries. He has received four Illinois Arts Council grants for fiction, and his stories and poetry have appeared in a number of literary magazines. His fifth book, The Riverview Murders, won the Eugene Izzi award. He lives in Chicago with his wife, three children, and a deranged cat.



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ISBN: 9781626817807
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Published: Diversion Books - August 4th, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Rinker Buck

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to listen to Rinker Buck discuss his New York Times bestselling book, The Oregon Trail.

Mr. Buck will sign have copies of The Oregon Trail after his talk.

Remember there is a $5/book fee to have a books not purchased at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore signed by our guest authors.

#1 "New York Times" Bestseller * #1 Indie Next Pick * Amazon and Apple Best of the Month 
"Absorbing...Winning...The many layers in "The Oregon Trail" are linked by Mr. Buck's voice, which is alert and unpretentious in a manner that put me in mind of Bill Bryson's comic tone in "A Walk in the Woods."" --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" 
An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way--in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn't been attempted in a century--which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. 
Spanning two thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the fifteen years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West--scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history--it united the coasts, doubled the size of the country, and laid the groundwork for the railroads. Today, amazingly, the trail is all but forgotten. 
Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, "Flight of Passage," was hailed by "The New Yorker" as "a funny, cocky gem of a book," and with "The Oregon Trail" he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life. 
Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Buck is accompanied by three cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an "incurably filthy" Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. Along the way, they dodge thunderstorms in Nebraska, chase runaway mules across the Wyoming plains, scout more than five hundred miles of nearly vanished trail on foot, cross the Rockies, and make desperate fifty-mile forced marches for water. The Buck brothers repair so many broken wheels and axels that they nearly reinvent the art of wagon travel itself. They also must reckon with the ghost of their father, an eccentric yet loveable dreamer whose memory inspired their journey across the plains and whose premature death, many years earlier, has haunted them both ever since. 
But "The Oregon Trail" is much more than an epic adventure. It is also a lively and essential work of history that shatters the comforting myths about the trail years passed down by generations of Americans. Buck introduces readers to the largely forgotten roles played by trailblazing evangelists, friendly Indian tribes, female pioneers, bumbling U.S. Army cavalrymen, and the scam artists who flocked to the frontier to fleece the overland emigrants. Generous portions of the book are devoted to the history of old and appealing things like the mule and the wagon. We also learn how the trail accelerated American economic development. Most arresting, perhaps, are the stories of the pioneers themselves--ordinary families whose extraordinary courage and sacrifice made this country what it became. 
At once a majestic journey across the West, a significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, "The Oregon Trail "draws readers into the journey of a lifetime. It is a wildly ambitious work of nonfiction from a true American original. It is a book with a heart as big as the country it crosses.

About the Author

Rinker Buck began his career in journalism at the "Berkshire Eagle" and was a longtime staff writer for the "Hartford Courant". He has written for "Vanity Fair", "New York", "Life", and many other publications, and his stories have won the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is the author of "The Oregon Trail" as well as the acclaimed memoirs "Flight of Passage" and "First Job". He lives in northwest Connecticut.
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ISBN: 9781451659160
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 30th, 2015


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