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Author Discussion & Signing with Joe R. Lansdale

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to meet "Champion Mojo Storyteller" Joe R. Lansdale at his discussion & signing for his latest books, The Thicket and Cold in July.

This is his first signing at Centuries and Sleuths and his latest visit to Chicago in 16 years! 

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ISBN: 9780316188449
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 14th, 2014

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By Joe R. Lansdale, Jim Mickle (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781616961619
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Published: Tachyon Publications - May 27th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Local Author J. Bard-Collins

Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for J. Bard-Collins signing and discussion for her debut mystery novel, Honor Above All.


 Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882, close on the trail of the person who murdered his partner. He encounters a vibrant city that is striving ever upwards, full of plans to construct new buildings that will “scrape the sky.” In his quest for the truth Garrett stumbles across a complex plot involving counterfeit government bonds, fierce architectural competition, and painful reminders of his military past. Along the way he seeks the support and companionship of his friends—elegant Charlotte, who runs an upscale poker game for the city’s elite, and up-and-coming architect Louis Sullivan.

Rich with historical details that bring early 1880s Chicago to life, this novel will appeal equally to mystery fans, history buffs, and architecture enthusiasts.

Summer Nights on Madison Street with "Authors under the Awning"

It'll be another delightful Summer Evening on Madison Street with "Authors under the Awning" with:

Sue Myers for Deception

M.E. May for Perfidy, Inconspiuous, &  Ensconced (Circle City Mysteries)

JoBe Cerny for The Taylor Street File of: Red Cin 

Libby Fischer Hellmann for Nobody's Child with Georgia Davis

Deception Cover Image
ISBN: 9781494362652
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 21st, 2013

Perfidy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781494456832
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 4th, 2014

Inconspicuous Cover Image
ISBN: 9781490484228
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 4th, 2013

Ensconced Cover Image
ISBN: 9781494461911
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Published: Createspace - February 16th, 2014

Taylor Street File of Red Cin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481988162
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 21st, 2013

Nobody's Child Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938733468
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Published: Elizabeth F Hellmann - August 15th, 2014

Toxicity: Georgia Davis Prequel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984014101
Availability: Special Order
Published: Red Herrings - October 17th, 2011

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

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ISBN: 9781932557671
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bleak House Books - April 1st, 2008

Author Discussion & Signing with Adam Selzer

Adam Selzer returns to Centuries & Sleuths with his newest book, The Chronicles of Old Chicago

 Discover the fascinating history of Chicago, home to President Obama, Al Capone, the Chicago Cubs, politicians, mobsters, and more, told through twenty-four dramatic true stories. Known as an expert on Chicago's folklore and crime stories, Adam Selzer takes readers through Chicago's history from the 1800s to the present with tales of the politicians, eccentrics, and the famous and infamous who shaped the city. Essays explore historic events from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the beginnings of the film era (Chicago was home to film long before Hollywood); speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama; the historical contributions to the birth of rock 'n roll of Chess Records, who signed Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Little Walter, and Willie Dixon; and baseball legends and curses. Learn about the city's legendary ghosts and haunted hotels. Also included are guided walking tours around many of the sites mentioned, illustrated with color photographs and maps.

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ISBN: 9780738736112
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

Chronicles of Old Chicago: Exploring the History and Lore of the Windy City (Museyon Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984633487
Availability: Backordered
Published: Museyon Inc - July 1st, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with William Kent Krueger (MWA "Edgar" Winner) and Libby Fischer Hellmann

William Kent Krueger after enjoying the laurels of winning MWA's coveted Edgar Award is not resting on them. Kent will be returning to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for a discussion & signing of his latest Cork O'Connor mystery Windigo Island set in northern Minnesota close to the Canadian border. You'll enjoy his talk and you will love his writing.

Also with Kent we will have Chicago's own Libby Fischer Hellmann for her Latest Georgia Davis mystery set in Chicago, Nobody's Child.  (A bloodstained note left for Chicago PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. That sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia’s help.)

Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up.

Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive.

In the fourth novel of the Georgia Davis series, she faces her toughest challenge yet—and one she might not survive.


 Cork O'Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from "New York Times "bestselling author William Kent Krueger. 

When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don't solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O'Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case. 
But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody's talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, Minnesota, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the US for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he's not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise--he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way. 
Yet Cork holds tight to his purpose--Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl at the heart of this grotesque web, who is still missing and whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her, Cork prepares to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive, and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu.

Windigo Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749235
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Published: Atria Books - August 19th, 2014

Ordinary Grace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor Mystery #12) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645712
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Published: Atria Books - May 7th, 2013

Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor Mystery #11) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153963
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Published: Atria Books - April 10th, 2012

Vermilion Drift (Cork O'Connor Mystery #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153871
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2011

Thunder Bay (Cork O'Connor Mystery #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439157824
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Published: Atria Books - August 11th, 2009

Blood Hollow (Cork O'Connor Mystery #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439157794
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Published: Atria Books - July 21st, 2009

Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439157282
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Published: Atria Books - June 9th, 2009

Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor Mystery #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439157770
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Published: Atria Books - June 9th, 2009

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ISBN: 9781451645750
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Published: Atria Books - August 20th, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Lori Rader-Day

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for Lori Rader-Day's debut signing forThe Black Hour, the first in her series. Lori has received an excellent review inPublishers Weekly and a column author interview in the same magazine a week later.

You've git to come for this signing event and it's part of Summer Nights on Madison Street 




 For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on.

Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval.  Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet. 

Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives.

About the Author

Lori Rader-Day has published fiction in Good Housekeeping, where she won first place in the magazine's first short-story contest; The Madison Review, which awarded her the 2008 Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction; TimeOut Chicago;Southern Indiana ReviewCrab Orchard Review; and other journals and magazines. She lives in Chicago, where she is active in the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter, Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is an instructor for Story Studio Chicago/North Shore, where she teaches mystery writing.

Praise for The Black Hour…

"An exceptional debut.... An irresistible combination of menace, betrayal, and self-discovery." 
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

"An unputdownable read."

“You know how wonderful it is to find a novel that you hate to put down? Lori Rader-Day’s debut was just such a book for me. From its breathtakingly beautiful prose to its artful, escalating suspense, The Black Hour kept pulling me back for just one more page, one more chapter.” 
JULIE HYZYNew York Times–bestselling author

“A terrific whydunnit! This dark page-turner of a puzzle—well-written, with bite and style and edge and simmering conflict—will keep you riveted from page one.”
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author

“A riveting, ingenious first novel. . . . The Black Hour will linger with you weeks after you’ve read it.” 
SCOTT BLACKWOOD, Whiting Award–winning author of See How Small

“Utterly compelling. The question at the heart of The Black Hour is original and engrossing, and I defy anyone not to devour the book to get to the answer. . . . A triumph.”
CATRIONA MCPHERSON, author of As She Left It 

The Black Hour is the rarest of mysteries: one that wants to keep you turning pages in a cold sweat, suspecting every character you meet of both the best and the worst motives; and also one that has something complicated and important to say about the forces that impel us toward death . . . and life. It’s an extraordinary debut, marking the arrival of a major new voice in literary suspense.”
CHRISTOPHER COAKE, PEN/Bingham Award–winning author of You Came Back

“Lori Rader-Day’s debut The Black Hour is the perfect thriller—smart, tense, and foreboding. Every page left me hungry for the next.” 
CLARE O’DONOHUE, author of Life without Parole

“In her debut psychological thriller Lori Rader-Day joins the ranks of Barbara Vine and Sophie Hannah. Examining the deep complexities of damaged people, she teases and tempts the reader as she leads to her harrowing conclusion.”
TERRY SHAMES, author of The Last Death of Jack Harbin
“So often, mysteries set in academe are populated by ivy-draped eccentrics with a terminal case of the cutes. Lori Rader-Day’s Rothbert U is anything but cute: The atmosphere, for faculty and students alike, is ruthlessly competitive and mistrustful. Her characters, beginning with Amelia Emmet, are complex, capable of surprising both themselves and us. Like Barbara Vine [Ruth Rendell], Rader-Day is as interested in the why of evil things as in the who.”
JINCY WILLETT, author of Amy Falls Down

"The Black Hour
 is a brilliant suspense debut, rich in psychological nuance and the cold, terrifying places where our worst fears—and darkest desires—reside. Let’s hope this is only the first of many from this talented newcomer.”
LYNNE RAIMONDO, author of Dante’s Poison
“Rader-Day captures the angst and envy lurking behind every campus doorway. . . . Most impressive about this suspense debut: the unfolding tale of how easily an individual can goad another into hatred, suicide, or murder.”
SUSAN FROETSCHEL, author of Fear of Beauty

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ISBN: 9781616148850
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Published: Seventh Street Books - July 8th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with D.E. Ireland

 Author Discussion & Signing with
D.E. Ireland

  Title: Wouldn't
It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery (The First in the series.)

 Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball—where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins’ bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess—Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck. After Nepommuck publicly takes credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard’s prime suspect. However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck’s pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turn up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor’s name is to discover which of Nepommuck’s many enemies is the real killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet at Drury Lane, Eliza and Higgins don their theatre best and race to upstage a murderer.

Eliza and Higgins make a surprising and charming pair of detectives in D.E. Ireland's delightfully hilarious series debut, which transports readers to Edwardian London, from the aristocratic environs of Mayfair to the dangerous back alleys of the East End. Wouldn't It Be Deadly boasts a cunning mystery, no shortage of interesting suspects, and some of the most memorable characters of English literature.

About the Author

D.E. IRELAND is  a writing team of two authors who met as undergraduates in an anthropology class and have remained friends ever since. Both are married to computer geeks, and each has one beautiful and brilliant daughter. Lifelong book lovers and history buffs, they have authored several novels on their own. Ireland lives in Michigan.

Praise for Wouldn't It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery…

“In this exciting new novel, Eliza and Higgins are still nursing their grievances against each other when a murder forces them to work together. Join them in this delightful romp through early 20th century London as they try to find a killer and clear Higgins’ name.”—Victoria Thompson, national bestselling author of Murder in Chelsea

“The charming and feisty Eliza Doolittle, the masterful Henry Higgins, a Hungarian upstart, a Sanskrit scholar—all are brought together in an intriguing plot. D.E. Ireland gives us a fascinating look into a bygone world.”—Susan Wittig Albert, national bestselling author of The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star 

“When I first heard that D.E. Ireland was writing Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, a mystery featuring Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, I could have danced all night. We've only been waiting a century for another glimpse of this wonderful duo, and there is no better format than a juicy Edwardian murder. Higgins is his irascible, aristocratic self, while Eliza grows and evolves quickly in a world of society intrigue and danger. They make a wonderful pair of sleuths. Having now read Ireland's work I can safely say, ‘By George, I think she's got it!’"—Will Thomas, author of Fatal Enquiry

Wouldn't It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250049353
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - September 23rd, 2014


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