Book Discussion Group

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: The Forensic Artist

Guest Speaker: Joshua Harker

To learn more about Joshua, please visit his website Visit to see Forensic facial reconstruction by Joshua Harker of an Egyptian mummy, Nesmin (300 B.C.)  for Dr. Branislav Andelkovic of the University of Belgrade. 2011 We have been trying for a rather long time to get speakers on these often requested topics. Do remember that we always have Q&A time at the end of the presentations, so please bring your questions for these experts. We hope to see you there!

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: Crime Scene Cleanup

Speaker: Dan Reynolds

Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup is fully licensed, insured, and certified to handle a wide range of situations. We are not just another carpet cleaning company or fire/water restoration company that “also does” blood and bodily fluid cleaning; crime scene cleanup and hazardous waste removal is ALL we do. In the Aftermath of a trauma, you can count on Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup to respond quickly and professionally, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Do remember that we always have Q&A time at the end of the presentations, so please bring your questions for these experts. We hope to see you there!

The First Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's "Annual" Trivia Competition Between the History Discussion Group (Centuries) and the Mytery Discussion Group (Sleuths)

We have the Contestatents.... All we need is the audience. The audience will be the "Life Line" for panels that are stuck on an answer. Admission is $5/person with reservations. Seating is limited to 30. RSVP with Payment only.


We will have the likes of John "the Henchman" Machonga, Bill "the Screws" Sanderson, Gary "the Lump" Ludin, Gloria "the Gorgeous" Waber, Bert "the Rabbit" Rossini, Charles "the Veritable" Vietzen and others for the "Centuries" led by Coach Brenda "the Pulchratudinous" Rossini.

On the other side there will be Bill "the Bulldog" Sawisch, Brendon "Mee Boy" Riley, John "the Calm" Cline, Julie "the Jezebell" Jezuit, Marsha "the Merciless" Bobilitz, Claudia "the Crusher" Szewki and more names to come for the "Sleuths ".

Mystery Discussion Group Meeting

Title: Murder in Mykonos with Police Chief Andreas Kaldis in modern day Greece. The author who has been to Centuries & Sleuths twice in Jeffrey Siger.


When politically incorrect, hot-shot detective Andreas Kaldis is promoted out of Athens to serve as police chief for Mykonos, he’s certain his homicide days are over. Murders shouldn’t happen in tourist heaven, but soon he is staring at the remains of a young woman found ritually bound and buried on a pile of human bones inside a remote mountain church.
Teamed with the canny, nearly-retired local homicide chief, Andreas tries to find the killer before the media destroys the island’s fabled reputation with a barrage of world-wide attention.
Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, another young woman disappears. With the investigation now a rescue operation, Andreas plunges into ancient myths and forgotten places, racing against a killer intent on claiming a new victim who is herself determined to outstep him.


This is the first of his three (3) Andreas Kaldis mysteries:

    Assassins of Athens #2

    Prey on Patmos #3

Murder in Mykonos (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590586914
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 30th, 2011

Assassins of Athens (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590587072
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 1st, 2010

Prey on Patmos: An Inspector Kaldis Mystery (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590587683
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 4th, 2011

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group Meeting

The Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquistion & the Defeat of the Moors by James R. Reston recommended by the store owner, Augie Aleksy


From the acclaimed author of Warriors of God comes a riveting account of the pivotal events of 1492, when towering political ambitions, horrific religious excesses, and a drive toward international conquest changed the world forever.James Reston, Jr., brings to life the epic story of Spain’s effort to consolidate its own burgeoning power by throwing off the yoke of the Vatican. By waging war on the remaining Moors in Granada and unleashing the Inquisitor Torquemada on Spain’s Jewish and converso population, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella attained enough power and wealth to fund Columbus’ expedition to America and to chart a Spanish destiny separate from that of Italy. With rich characterizations of the central players, this engrossing narrative captures all the political and religious ferment of this crucial moment on the eve of the discovery of the New World.

The Washington Post - Giles Milton

Although Dogs of God has its flaws, it is an engaging and highly readable book on a much-neglected subject. Reston points out in his prologue that the bombers who killed 191 Spanish commuters on March 11, 2004, justified their actions by invoking the defeat of the Moorish caliphate in 1492. The events in Dogs of God may have taken place more than 500 years ago, but there are times when they seem chillingly, worryingly familiar.

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ISBN: 9781400031917
Published: Anchor - October 10th, 2006

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group Meeting

Bloody Sunday: How Michael Collins' Agents Assassinated British Secret Service Agents by James Gleeson recommended by the Committee.


A detailed, comprehensive account of the most crucial event in Ireland's struggle for independence.

Library Journal

The infamous day under scrutiny is November 21, 1920, the date upon which IRA operatives assassinated 14 British secret agents in Dublin under orders from Michael Collins. The 1962 volume provides a detailed chronicle of the behind-the-scenes events leading up to and after the killings. The text is buttressed with period photos, and this edition has an introduction by Dermot McEvoy, author of the fictional Collins portrait Terrible Angel, which also is making its paperback debut (ISBN 1-59228-417-5). Get your Irish up and have both on hand for St. Patrick's Day. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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By James Gleeson, Dermot McEvoy (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781592282821
Published: Lyons Press - February 1st, 2004

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group Meeting

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Republic by Tom Holland and recommended by member, Bert Rosini.

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ISBN: 9781400078974
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Published: Anchor - March 8th, 2005


In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.

Publishers Weekly

After a palace coup demolished the reign of King Tarquin of Rome in 509 B.C., a republican government flourished, providing every person an opportunity to participate in political life in the name of liberty. As Holland, a novelist and adapter of Herodotus' Histories for British radio, points out in this lively re-creation of the republic's rise and fall, the seeds of destruction were planted in the very soil in which the early republic flourished. It was more often members of the patrician classes who had the resources to achieve political success. Such implicit class distinctions in an ostensibly classless society also gave rise to a new group of rulers who acted like monarchs. Holland chronicles the rise to power of such leaders as Sulla Felix, Pompey, Cicero and Julius Caesar. Some of these leaders, such as Pompey, appealed to the masses by expanding the republic through military conquest; others, like Cicero, worked to reinforce class distinctions. Holland points to the suppression of the Gracchian revolution-a series of reforms in favor of the poor pushed by the Gracchus brothers in the second century B.C.-as the beginning of the end of the republic, providing the context into which Julius Caesar would step with his own attempts to save the republic. As Holland points out, Caesar actually precipitated civil wars and helped to reestablish an imperial form of government in Rome. With the skill of a good novelist, Holland weaves a rip-roaring tale of political and historical intrigue as he chronicles the lively personalities and problems that led to the end of the Roman republic. Maps. Agent, Patrick Walsh. (On sale Feb. 17) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group Meeting

Come and participate in bookstore owner Augie Aleksy's strongly receommended title, The King of Vodka: The Story of Pytor Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire by Linda Himilstein.

"I strongly recommend this book for MBA programs specializing in Entrepreneur grooming. This man (Pytor Smirnov) was born a serf with no formal education. He only had the desire to be the best and wealthiest vodka manufacturer in the world. Which he accomplished with creative marketing techniques, hard work, confidence and tenacity. Not even a Bacherlor's degree in accounting and he pulled it off. Wow.

However this isn't your typical "how to" or business text. It is well written and an enjoyable read for those interested in biography, Russian history from Nicholas II through the Soviet Union, and "rags to riches" true tales. It's also about family problems that many wealthy and successful individuals create and experience."

Augie Aleksy


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ISBN: 9780060855918
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 30th, 2010


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