Author Event

A Celebration of Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20th Anniversary with a Panel of Authors

Authors who have played a role in Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20 year history will discuss their books and converse with each other about writing. Then they will answer questions from the audience. Their books will be available for purchase and signing. This is the matinee performance for the first day of authors panels throughout the month of September, 2010 to celebrate Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's 20th Anniversary.

Admission is $2/day/person payable with reservation. The admission is refundable with >$20 net purchase the day of attendance only. Seating is limited to 25 per panel.


The Authors are:

Norman Cowie     Lee Williams    Ursula Bielski

Floyd Sullivan      Judith Markowitz

Fang Face Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590806203
Availability: Special Order
Published: Quake - September 1st, 2009

Creepy Chicago: A Ghosthunter's Tales of the City's Scariest Sites Cover Image
By Ursula Bielski, Amy Noble (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781893121157
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lake Claremont Press - August 1st, 2003

More Chicago Haunts: Scenes from Myth and Memory Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933272146
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Published: Thunder Bay Press Michigan - October 1st, 2000

Chicago Haunts: Ghostlore of the Windy City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780964242678
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Published: Lake Claremont Press - September 1st, 1998

Chicago Haunts 3: Locked up Stories from an October City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933272153
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Published: Thunder Bay Press Michigan - August 1st, 2009

Waiting for the Cubs: The 2008 Season, the Hundred-Year Slump and One Fan's Lifelong Vigil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786449026
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Published: McFarland & Company - May 6th, 2010

Author Discussion & Signing: Libby Fischer Hellmann

Titles: Doubleback (with Georgia & Ellie), Murder of Katie Boyle, & Image of Death

{Special Offer: Buy both Doubleback and Image of Death and get Murder of Katie Boyle FREE!  Self-published original short story with Georgia & Ellie by Libby}

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ISBN: 9781606480533
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bleak House Books - October 1st, 2009


Little Molly Messenger is kidnapped on a sunny June morning. Three days later she's returned, apparently unharmed. Molly's mother, Chris, is so grateful to have her daughter back that she's willing to overlook the odd circumstances.

A few days later, the brakes go out on Chris's car.

An accident? Maybe. Except that it turns out that Chris, the IT manager at a large Chicago bank, may have misappropriated three million dollars. Not convinced that his daughter is safe, Molly's father hires PI Georgia Davis to follow the money and investigate Chris's death.

Doubleback, the sequel to the acclaimed Easy Innocence, reunites PI Georgia Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman (An Eye For Murder, A Picture Of Guilt, An Image Of Death, A Shot To Die For). The two women track leads from Northern Wisconsin to an Arizona border town, where illegal immigrants, smuggled drugs, and an independent contractor called Delton Security come into play. Georgia and Ellie go to great lengths to find the truth, and Georgia discovers that you can cross a line, but sometimes you have to double back.

Publishers Weekly

Anthony-finalist Hellmann's taut second novel of suspense to feature Chicago PI Georgia Davis (after Easy Innocence) teams Davis with video producer Ellie Foreman, the heroine of the author's other series (A Shot to Die for, etc.). When eight-year-old Molly Messenger is apparently kidnapped, a family friend turns to Ellie for help. Feeling out of her depth, Ellie asks Georgia to get involved, only to have the girl reappear unharmed just days later. After Molly's bank manager mother, Christine, dies in a suspicious car accident, Georgia gets on a trail that leads from Wisconsin to Arizona. Meanwhile, Ellie stumbles onto a paramilitary training camp connected to Christine's bank. Hellmann skillfully juggles disparate threads of bank fraud, extortion, drugs and illegal immigration. While some may find the use of dual narrators confusing, it works with Ellie's cooler-head yin balancing out Georgia's take-no-prisoners yang. (Oct.)

An Image of Death: An Ellie Foreman Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590586754
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 1st, 2009


Who knew that a career in video documentaries could lead to crime? Such is the fate of Chicago's Ellie Foreman whose shoots hook her up with misdeeds past and present. Here she is producing a video about foster children that's being financed by a successful Chicago real estate developer. Her plans get thrown for a loop when a mysterious package appears at her door one winter night. Inside she finds a surveillance video showing the murder of a young woman. Who was this woman and what is her connection to Ellie? The cops shunt her aside, but the urgency she feels to find answers, coupled with her professional knowledge of film, compel her to sleuth despite the difficulties borne from a complex history with her lover, David. A little digging reveals that the murder victim was a courier with a dark history forged in Eastern Europe at the time of the Soviet Union's collapse. And a little more digging reveals dark happenings here at home, money laundering, and the deadly price of dealing in diamonds.... This dangerous case for Ellie follows 2002's Anthony-nominated An Eye for Murder and the 2003 A Picture of Guilt, all three published in hardcover by Poisoned Pen Press and in paperback by Berkley Prime Crime.

Publishers Weekly

Chicago filmmaker Ellie Foreman specializes in video documentaries, but her career has a way of sliding into harrowing murder investigations, as it does in this powerful tale, the third in the series after last year's A Picture of Guilt. Foreman's receipt of a hand-delivered, unmarked surveillance videotape, apparently showing the cold-blooded murder of a young woman, ensures she gets involved in the police hunt for the woman's killer, if only at the fringes. At the same time, Foreman is filming a documentary for wealthy mover-and-shaker Ricki Feldman, a lady in a position to throw money and opportunities Foreman's way-opportunities that have their own dangers. When the police run out of leads in the murder case, Foreman shifts into high gear and uncovers a web of deceit connected to the break-up of the Soviet Union and the ensuing chaos and crime. Hellmann is adept at welding technical information about film-making, diamond cutting and other arcane subjects to strong characters. With her somewhat disreputable past, Foreman comes across as a complex and flawed heroine, who grapples with issues as large as murder and as mundane as an overdue visit to her father. Foreman's pluck and grit married to Hellmann's solid storytelling should win a growing audience.

Sister's in Crime Meeting with Guest Speaker: Lori Andrews (Author, Lawyer & Genetics Expert)

Topic: Foresnsics 101: How Genetics Can Fight Crime & Change Your Life


Immunity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312352721
Availability: Special Order
Published: Minotaur Books - September 2nd, 2008

  Title: Immunity

One bizarre death is just that---a death. Two? Could be a coincidence. But in Lori Andrews’s latest thriller, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake discovers something much more dangerous than a killer---an epidemic.

Taking a break from decoding the genetic sequence of a tropical disease, Alex takes on an investigation into the gruesome and unexplained death of a DEA agent on a mob stakeout in New Mexico. Within hours, she uncovers similar deaths throughout the Southwest. Is it a naturally occurring epidemic or has a lethal bioweapon been released in the United States?

With the nation’s attention focused on a provocative presidential race, Alex’s attempts to warn Homeland Security fail. Only with the help of a rogue DEA agent and a cutting-edge supercomputer will she and the rest of her team at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology stand a chance of putting an end to the devastation before public hysteria rages out of control.

From Alex’s lab to the closed rooms of a killer’s mind, Immunity maps the perfect sequence for an infectious, edge-of-your-seat thriller.


Publishers Weekly

At the start of Andrews's exciting third helix-twister to feature Dr. Alex Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (after The Silent Assassin), DEA agent Ted Silliman suddenly dies in Taos, N.Mex., during a date rape drug investigation. Ted's partner, agent Castro Baxter, disputes the cocaine overdose diagnosis, while Alex suspects a violent hyperimmune response. When Castro and Alex join forces to find answers, they find a connection to a Taos public square fountain, and Alex later learns eight similar deaths occurred locally on the same night. As the death toll climbs, she's determined to stop a potentially serious epidemic. So why does Homeland Security's head, Martin Kincade, oppose her? And could Red Rights, a radical Native American group, be responsible? Andrews, a real-life authority on genetics (The Clone Age), spikes the chills with a talking DNA computer named Sam and insights into hot-button Native American issues. (Sept.)

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ISBN: 9780312946487
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2008


From Lori Andrews—a “quickly rising luminary in the thriller/medical sleuth universe”*—comes an exciting tour-de-force that combines the intricate details of forensic science with the dark side of Washington politics.

When a John Doe with a bayonet wound in his chest is discovered in a Washington, D.C., alley, geneticist Dr. Alexandra Blake of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is pulled away from her bioterrorism work to aid in the investigation. Just a little digging reveals a corpse that’s nothing like the homeless robbery victim it was set up to resemble—and Alex and her colleagues find themselves wrapped up in a complicated mystery of high-stakes international financial intrigue.

“Jaw-dropping plot twists.”Chicago Tribune*

The homicide investigation is just heating up when a political firestorm erupts over the AFIP’s possession of human skulls brought back from Vietnam thirty years earlier by American servicemen. Alex is handed the delicate task of managing the restoration and return of these grisly souvenirs. But the skulls take on urgent significance when she uncovers evidence of a much bigger crime…and suddenly Alex discovers she’s a target—and the White House itself is under fire.

“Explosive.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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ISBN: 9780312942458
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 3rd, 2007


Introducing geneticist Alexandra Blake, who turns her scientific talents under contract to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology to crime-fighting forensics when a serial killer targets military bases

Publishers Weekly

At the start of this uneven debut thriller from Andrews, a lawyer and biotechnology expert with a high media profile, geneticist Alexandra Blake is working on developing a vaccine against infectious diseases for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., when her unit is drafted to deal with a serial killer targeting military bases. Blake's professional life gets even more complicated after her new boyfriend, David Thorne, a maverick Texas congressman, becomes a suspect in the murder of Ted Devon, the ex-husband of Thorne's ex-lover, Gloria Devon (a former senator just named as the FBI's first female director). Flat, sometimes simplistic prose ("Alex guessed that if your job was to help run the country, nothing was too big or small to think about") and Blake's unconvincing transformation into an action heroine suggest that the author is still learning her craft. Hopefully, Andrews will do a better storytelling job in the sequel. Author tour. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Author Discussion & Signing: Julia Keller (Returns)

Title: Back Home: Dad's war is over, but the battle's just begun.  

“I guess you would call us a normal family. Once a month, and sometimes other times, too, Dad would be gone for a few days. Mom told us that he was in the National Guard. We were normal, you could say. And then we weren’t.”

Rachel “Brownie” Browning is thirteen when her father comes back from the war in Iraq. Of course she understands that he has been injured and that he will be a little different, at least for a while. But Brownie doesn’t even know the man with a prosthetic arm and leg who sits in the living room day after day. He’s certainly not the father who helped her build a fort in her backyard, or played basketball with her sister, or hauled her little brother around like a sack of potatoes.

Brownie’s mother says that because of his traumatic brain injury, their father needs their affection and patience. In time, he’ll be better–Dad will be back. But Dad doesn’t seem to be making much progress, or much effort. He doesn’t smile. He doesn’t talk. He won’t even get out of his wheelchair, even though the doctors have taught him how and say that walking is essential to his recovery. And Brownie begins to wonder, will her family ever be able to return to the way life was before the war?

A story about an ordinary family forced to deal with an extraordinary loss, Back Home tells the tale of families scarred and the battle just beginning when their wounded loved ones return home.

Publishers Weekly

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Keller's debut suffers from too much telling, not enough showing. Developed from the author's experience as a reporter following families whose loved ones were afflicted with traumatic brain injuries, but focusing on a returning war veteran, the book feels more like an expository essay on the disorder's impact on soldiers and their families than a novel. This unflinching account of a father's return from Iraq (without two limbs and with severely reduced brain function) is narrated by his 13-year-old daughter, Rachel. However, there's little of the emotion one might expect from a girl in her situation: she delivers the facts about his inability to function, her mother's steady loss of patience and the decline in relatives' support with detachment (“People—teachers, other kids, our friends—treated us like we were made of paper or something, and if they said the wrong thing... it would be like poking a finger through a thin sheet of paper”). While this emphasizes the emotional difficulties Rachel has in coping, the repetitive way in which the story's details are laid out can be tedious, despite the harrowing subject matter. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)

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ISBN: 9781606840054
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Published: EgmontUSA - September 8th, 2009

Author Discussion & Signing: Diane Madsen

Title: The Cadger's Curse  

Working over Christmas isn't all bad. For insurance investigator D. D. McGil, who lost her fiancé two years ago, a routine job offers welcome distraction. But who could guess that running employee background checks at Hi-Data, a major software company in Chicago's Silicon Valley, would lead to three dead bodies, counterfeit money, and a killer on her tail?

The electrocuted corpse of a Hi-Data partner, who just happens to be her ex-brother-in-law, is only the first nasty surprise in this deadly web of corporate treachery. Is it possible that her aunt's newfound Robert Burns discovery—a literary treasure worth millions if authenticated—is somehow connected?

Relying on her own tools of the trade and the preternatural fact-finding skills of her antiquarian bookseller friend, D. D. slowly pieces together a sordid case of high tech villainy, which turns out to be shockingly linked to her fiancé's mysterious death.


Publishers Weekly

Madsen's promising debut, the first in a new cozy series set in Chicago, introduces DD McGil, a 38-year-old freelance insurance investigator and former English professor who's a whiz at breaking and entering. Two days before Christmas, a case takes DD to a computer company, HI-Data, where she stumbles on the corpse of Ken Gordon, a partner at HI-Data who happens to be the half brother of DD's late fiancé, who apparently jumped to his death from a high balcony. Since DD despised Ken, she fears the police will suspect her of murder. Meanwhile, DD's Aunt Elizabeth (aka the Scottish Dragon) arrives for the holidays with what she claims is a rare Robert Burns manuscript. Tom Joyce, DD's antiquarian bookseller friend, offers to help with research into the manuscript. Well-drawn characters and a suspenseful plot will leave readers looking forward to the next installment. (Nov.)

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ISBN: 9780738718927
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Published: Midnight Ink - November 1st, 2009

Author Discussion & Signing with John Connolly

The Gates: (A Children's Novel with Young Samuel Johnson & his Dachshund Boswell have an Adventure Trick-or-Treating 3 Days before Halloween.)

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out...

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Bursting with imagination, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.

Publishers Weekly

In this frothy fantasy thriller from bestseller Connolly (The Book of Lost Things), 11-year-old Samuel Johnson witnesses an inadvertent intersection of science and the supernatural while trick-or-treating at the Abernathy household in Biddlecombe, England. Something nasty reaches through an atomically engineered portal to Hades and possesses four suburban sorcerers. From that point on, Samuel finds himself battling hordes of invading demons and desperately trying to convince disbelieving adults that the impending end of the world is not a fancy of his overactive imagination. Connolly plays this potentially spooky scenario strictly for laughs, larding the narrative with droll jokes, humorous asides and the slapstick pratfalls of Nurd, an amusingly incompetent subdemon whom Samuel ultimately befriends. Though billed as “an adult book for children,” this light fantasy will strike even adult readers as divertingly whimsical. (Oct.)

The Gates: A Samuel Johnson Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439172636
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Published: Atria Books - October 6th, 2009

Author Discussion & Signing : Azina Stone Dale

Title: When the Postwar World was New: A Memoir of 1952.

Book Signing Event

You are invited to attend a book signing for author

Alzina Stone Dale

Centuries & Slueths Bookstore

7419 W. Madison St.

Forest Park, IL 60130

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 1 p.m.

We hope

Tate Publishing and Enterprises

The Lord gave the Word; great was the company of those that published it.”

-Psalm 68:11

Book Signing Event

You are invited to attend a book signing for author

Alzina Stone Dale

Centuries & Slueths Bookstore

7419 W. Madison St.

Forest Park, IL 60130

Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 1 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Authors Discussion & Signing: David Heinzmann & Lee J. Williams

Titles: A Word to the Wise: Former FBI agent working as an attorney has problems with organized crime in Chicago.and In His Blood: Scott Garity followed in his father's footsteps fighting the good fight. It was in In His Blood. Eighteen years after his father, a decorated Chicago policeman, was killed in the line of duty Scott is told that his father was corrupt, an adulterer, and committed suicide. But the worst is yet to come. Scott deals with these issues and more as he is thrown into the investigation of a ghetto street drug operation, corrupt policemen and betrayal by those closest to him.

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ISBN: 9781594148477
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Published: Five Star (ME) - December 1st, 2009

The Last Celebration of the Bicentennial of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe on the Road: with the cooperation of the Oak Park Public Library.

Celebrating the birth of the Man who made Mystery, Terror, & Horror in Fiction what it is TODAY!

M.C. August Aleksy with Commentaries from Local Guest Authors


Bob Goldsborough (A President in Peril)                          Luisa Buehler (The Innkeeper)

Mary Welk (Rune Stone Murders)                                    Michael Black (Hostile Takeovers)

Wearing a costume is encouraged and you may be able to drink from a Cask of Amontillado from Forest Park's House Red.

Authors Discussion & Signing with Barbara D'Amato; Jeanne M. Dams & Mark R. Zubro

Foolproof: A Stunning Global Thriller that Exposes a Terrorist Plot to Topple Democracies Worldwide.

Authors: Barbara D'Amato; Jeanne M. Dams & Mark R. Zubro

It will be an authors discussion & signing.

Foolproof Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765322661
Availability: Special Order
Published: Forge Books - December 22nd, 2009


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