Author Event

Author Discussion & Signing with Mary Morris

Mary Morris's The Jazz Palace is a Historical Novel set in Chicago in the early 20th Century. In the first chapter it has description of the sinking of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River killing more passengers than the HMS Titanic. The timing for this novel is perfect since July 25, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Eastland off Wacker Drive on the Chicago River. There will be at least three events in Forest Park (IL) commemorating this event sponsored by the Historical Society of Forest Park (IL). (You may wish to read Jean Lotus' article in the Forest Park Review on February 4, 2015 on pages 1 and 6, Remebering 844.)

  Acclaimed author Mary Morris returns to her Chicago roots in this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz Age.

     In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano—especially jazz.
At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One night he is called out and asked to "sit in" on a group. His playing is first-rate, and the other musicians are impressed. One of them, the trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny's close friend and musical collaborator, and their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy. Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing at her family's saloon, which Napoleon dubs "The Jazz Palace."
But Napoleon's main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn't take too kindly to freelancing. And as the '20s come to a close and the bubble of prosperity collapses, Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl must all make hard choices between financial survival and the music they love.

About the Author


Mary Morris's novels include RevengeActs of GodHouse ArrestThe Night Sky, and The Waiting Room. She has also authored two collections of short stories and written extensively on travel, including four memoirs of her solo journey. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughter and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385539739
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nan A. Talese - April 7th, 2015

Author Discussion & Signing with Annie Hansen

Annie Hansen returns to Centuries & Sleuths with her second Kelly Clark Mystery  Bean in Love.

  Kelly Clark is making quite a comeback in her hometown of Geneva, IL after her divorce. She’s in love, her relationships are solid, and her finances are back on track due to her sister’s generous offer to live rent free in the apartment above Chocolate Love, a favorite hang-out in the Historic District. When Kelly’s sister, Nikki, decides to expand her Chocolate Love empire by opening a new coffee shop, Bean in Love, the Clark family pulls together to help.

As the local fall festivals kick into high gear, trouble comes blowing into town with rumors of a local ghost causing real trouble in town. When a beloved local dies at the Geneva History Center under suspicious circumstances, Kelly and Nikki are called on to figure out what happened. Could a ghost from the past really have a hand in the death? Things get complicated when the sisters face an unexpected pregnancy, a surprise proposal, and a possible foreclosure. All of the stress makes Kelly question if she is really moving on with her life or if she’s just fooling herself. After all, Kelly’s been in love and it ended horribly. Could it really be better for her this time around?

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781502594273
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 16th, 2014

Give Me Chocolate: A Kelly Clark Mystery Book 1 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781502828415
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 3rd, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Patricia Skalka

Patricia Skalka returns to Centuries & Sleuths with her second Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery, Death at Gills Rock.

Dave Cubiak is back, and this time he’s the new sheriff in town

After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men “got what they deserved,” he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident.

Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men’s veneer of success and respectability hides a trail of lies and betrayal that stems from a single, desperate act of treachery and eventually spreads a web of deceit across the peninsula. In a dark, moody tale that spans more than half a century, Cubiak encounters a host of suspects with motives for murder. Amid broken dreams, corruption, and loss, he sorts out the truth. Death at Gills Rock is the second book in Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.

 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780299299408
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 19th, 2014

Sisters in Crime (Local Chapter) Meeting.

SinCC Chapter Meeting

 

Saturday, May 30

 

11 am - 12:30 pm

 

at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore

7419 West Madison

Forest Park, IL 60130

708-771-7243

 

 

COP TALK     

with Sgt. Adam Henkels

 

Our presenter will be Sergeant Adam Henkels who is a 23 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He is currently penning the new “Ask a Cop” for the MWAMW’s Clue’s newsletter. This will be an open forum where he will answer any questions our member have about the department, police procedures, and what it's like to be a cop. Bring your policing and law enforcement questions!

 

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