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Author Discussion & Signing with Tim Chapman

Come to listen to Tim Chapman talk about his latest series of mysteries Kiddieland and Other Misfortunes about some close to all who grew up in Near West Chicago & Suburbs.

Also a Celebration of the American/Chicago Short Story with fellow authors, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Diane Piron-Gelmon, & J. Michael Major 

Kiddieland and Other Misfortunes Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780986286209
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Published: Thrilling Tales - December 2nd, 2014

Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780983193890
Availability: Special Order
Published: Allium Press - June 1st, 2013

Chicago Blues Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932557497
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bleak House Books - October 1st, 2007

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Shall We Not Revenge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780989053532
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Published: Allium Press - March 13th, 2014

One Man's Castle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781432826833
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Published: Five Star (ME) - March 20th, 2013

Authors Discussion and Signing with Jack Fredrickson & John McEvoy

This will be the second time these two mystery writers, Jack Fredrickson & John McEvoy have been to Centuries & Sleuths together. Jack's book is work of fiction based on a true unsolved crime Silence the Dead. John's book is his latest adventure with Jack Doyle, High Stakes. 

 

Silence the Dead:

 "The new mayor of a small town in Illinois unearths a series of devastating secrets when he re-opens a 30-year-old murder investigation" 

17-year-old Betty Jo Dean was abducted and murdered thirty years ago. It took two days to find her body. She was found, fully dressed apart from her slacks, beneath a gnarled, stunted tree, shot in the back of the head. No one was ever charged with her murder. 
Now, following an appeal from one of his constituents, Mayor Mac Bassett has called for the case to be re-opened. But when the body is exhumed, it is revealed that the skull, found loose in the coffin, does not belong to Betty Jo. 
If Mac could discover why Betty Jo s head was taken, he would be one step closer to finding out who killed her. But no one in the small town of Grand Point is talking. Sheriffs, doctors, medical examiners: everyone seems to be warning Mac off. And then people start dying "

 

High Stakes:

Irreverent Jack Doyle has worn many hats, one or two blown off by his irrepressible temper. A former boxer, advertising rep, and publicity man, Jack s midlife career has been shaped by the world of thoroughbred horse racing and dark deeds therein. So it s no surprise when two FBI agents he s sleuthed with before pressure him to identify an animal activist who is carrying out mercy killings of retired race horses donated to Midwestern university veterinary schools. Plus two Chicago senior citizens are being threatened by an imperious Internet millionaire intent on owning their beloved horse. Then a call comes from Ireland where the life of Jack s friend Niall Hanratty, the noted bookmaker, is under attack from an unknown enemy. Meanwhile Doyle s nemesis Harvey Rexroth, the rapacious media mogul Jack helped put into federal prison, enlists a fellow inmate, a Mobconnected attorney, to have Jack killed. Carrying out this contract will be W. D. Wiems, a brilliant, frighteningly warped University of Kansas student who has eagerly launched a career of murder for hire. Fast tracking, Jack visits vet schools while juggling pieces of investigations near home and traveling twice to Ireland where his quest to find Hanratty s enemy takes him to Kinsale, Connemara, and a Dublin slum. Meanwhile the vicious contract killer is, all unknown, tracking Jack "

Silence the Dead: Suspense in Smalltown Illinois Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780727884350
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Published: Severn House Publishers - January 1st, 2015

High Stakes (Jack Doyle #6) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464202766
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - December 2nd, 2014

Actresses Appearance for "The Sleuth Sisters"

Actresses from the Audio of the Mystery, The Sleuth Sisters by Maggie Pill will appear at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore at 7 PM 

You will meet and listen to:  Ann Jacques (Barb); Laura Bednarski (Fay); and Judy Blue (The Youngest Sister)

They will be interviewed by writer, actor and impresario, Jobe Cerny

It's a Night you can't miss !

 

The Sleuth Sisters: A Sleuth Sisters Mystery Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780990380429
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Published: Gwendolyn Books - July 3rd, 2014

Authors Discussion & Signing with Illustrious British Actresses Fidelis Morgan and Celia Imrie

This will be third appearance for Fidelis
Morgan
& the second appearance for Celia Imrie at Centuries & Sleuths Booktore. They are both British actresses the double as authors. Fidelis has been in many London stage production, but you may have seen her on the "telly" on Masterpiece Theatre and Masterpiece Mystery. Celia has been on both tto, but most recently you've seen her in the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Fidelis has written Unntaural Fire and the Rival Queens, 17th Century Mysteries with the Countess Asby de la Zouche.

Celia has written The Happy Hoofer an authobiogarhical work. 

 If you have been at the last appearance of this "dynamic duo" you know they also perform ane encourage audience participation.

                         

                                

Unnatural Fire Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934609507
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Published: Felony & Mayhem - April 16th, 2010

The Rival Queens: A Novel of Artifice, Gunpowder and Murder in Eighteenth-Century London (Countess Ashby de La Zouche Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934609750
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Published: Felony & Mayhem - May 16th, 2011

The Happy Hoofer Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781444709292
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Published: Hodder & Stoughton - November 24th, 2011

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982428
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Published: Random House Trade - March 13th, 2012

Authors Discussion & Signing: Alex Buckholder & John Hogan

This will be the second visit from Alex Buckholder and John Hogan to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for their latest book Forgotten Fires Of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame .

 Description:

 Chicago's war against cinder, flame and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. That conflagration was only one engagement in a ceaseless and often unrecognized conflict, fought in the most unlikely places. In 1909, fire ripped through the dynamite room of a staging facility one and a half miles off the Lake Michigan shoreline, transforming the pipe-laying operation into a raging inferno. During the World's Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. An operagoer left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917, and the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer in 1931. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them.

Forgotten Fires of Chicago:: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame (Disaster) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626197473
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Published: History Press (SC) - November 11th, 2014

Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609499075
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Published: History Press (SC) - February 12th, 2013

Author Discussion with Edgar Award Winning Author Thomas Perry

Attend the duscussion and purchase his latest book from Edgar Award Winning Author Thomas Perry. This is his latest Jane Whitefield mystery, A String of Beads.

Although this is Mr Perry's first appearance at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, it is approximately his 22nd novel. Don't miss the author, the discussion and buying Mr. Perry's latest book. 

 A String of Beads

 After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, nee Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York--or so she thinks. 

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. "A String of Beads" is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life--and the life of those you love--depends on it.

A String of Beads Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802123299
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 6th, 2015

The Boyfriend Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802155122
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Published: Mysterious Press - February 11th, 2014

Poison Flower Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802155115
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Published: Mysterious Press - February 19th, 2013

The Informant (Butcher's Boy Novel) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547737430
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2012

Strip Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156035590
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Published: Mariner Books - May 5th, 2011

Vanishing Act (Jane Whitefield Novels) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780804113878
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Published: Fawcett Books - March 2nd, 1996

Metzger's Dog Cover Image
By Thomas Perry, Carl Hiaasen (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812967746
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Published: Random House Trade - June 10th, 2003

Author Discussion & Signing with Michael Black

Michael Black continues to write the thrilling and bloody adventures in Pendleton's Executioner Series.

Be at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2 PM to hear more from Michael how he puts these great novels together. You can even as him questions about writing, plot, character,...

Also, for those with a Sherlockian interest you must read his short stories in Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: A Most Unusual Dichotomy  and  The Dark Visage in the Mirror. I have and they are wonderful examples of Michael's diverse writing talents.  [Augie Aleksy Owner of Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore]  

 

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Deadly Salvage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780373644308
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gold Eagle - September 2nd, 2014

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 6 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780692244944
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Published: Airship 27 - June 24th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Jeffrey Siger

Title: Sons of Sparta: #6 A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery

Author: Jeffrey Siger 

This is Jeffrey's 6th Andreas Kaldis mystery and his 6th visit to Centuries & Sleuths. This is a tradition  wheo hope will never end.

Come visit with Jeff as he talks about his latest msytery set in modern Greece.

Since he lives in Greece for about 1/2 of each year he can tell about his obeservations about this country in the 21st century. He loves the country, but he is quite frank when talking about what he sees.

Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions and people yet to die."has become a tradition that we hope will never end. 

Sons of Sparta Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781464203169
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 7th, 2014

Murder in Mykonos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781590586914
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 1st, 2010

Assassins of Athens (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590587072
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 1st, 2010

Prey on Patmos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590587683
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 4th, 2011

Target: Tinos (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590589786
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 5th, 2012

Mykonos After Midnight (Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781464201837
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 3rd, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Raymond Benson

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to meet with Raymond Benson as he talks about his last volume of The Black Stiletto Series, Endings & Beginnings on Sunday November 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

 

Raymond Benson's The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings is the
startling, climactic finale to the five-book, critically-acclaimed saga
of The Black Stiletto. It's 1962. Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, is
devastated at the betrayal by her nemesis and former lover, mobster Leo
Kelly. Additionally, Leo and his psychotically dangerous sister,
Christina, have set out to ruin the Stiletto's reputation in L.A. with a
series of crimes that are made to appear as if the crime-fighter is
responsible. The very pregnant Judy must fight back only with her wits
and cunning-until disaster strikes and she is forced to flee to her old
home town in Texas for the final showdown with destiny. Meanwhile, in
the present, the Alzheimer's that afflicts elderly Judy is in its last
stage, but her son and granddaughter, Martin and Gina, must continue to
protect her from the past's last remaining assault, culminating in a
cathartic and explosive conclusion."

The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings: The Fifth Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608091034
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - November 4th, 2014

The Black Stiletto: The First Diary--1958 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608090631
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - August 7th, 2012

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608091058
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - April 8th, 2014

Secrets & Lies: The Fourth Diary - 1961 (Black Stiletto #4) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781608091010
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - January 7th, 2014

James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781605980072
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 1st, 2008

James Bond: Choice of Weapons: Three 007 Novels Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605980997
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 17th, 2010

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