Stories of Impostors

Individuals who adopt a new identity or create a fictitious past make for intriguing narratives, especially in the true crime genre. Con artists, tricksters and impostors have claimed royal lineage, impersonated doctors and pilots, and have fraudulently sold historical buildings. The reason for their shams vary from greed to narcissism. Check out these absorbing stories of…
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Unresolved Incidents of Untimely Yet Intentional Demise (Murder at the Office)

Tedium is part of even the best job and I should know: I have it. Everyone's fantasized about doing something more exciting or important, like solving a murder mystery. Here are some of those fantasies brought to the page, between conference calls of course, often with hilarious results. Chuck Restic is an HR exec in…
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Big Sky Mysteries

Big Sky Country is what it says on the license plates, and Montana is definitely that. While one of the least-populated states in the country, it more than makes up for it in gorgeous scenery. These mysteries all came out in 2018 and take place in Montana. They celebrate the natural wonders and the independent…
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Bring the Illi-noise! 4 Literary Illinoisans You Should Know

On December 3rd, Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday. On this date in 1818, we became the 21st state in the Union. The state's celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial all year long with events throughout Illinois. Every day in Illinois, amazing things are born, built and grown, including the work of these literary Illinoisans. Jumping Joliet brought…
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Inspiring Novels about Labor Activists for Labor Day

My favorite bumper sticker is both witty and true: UNIONS: The Folks That Brought You the Weekend. The five-day work week. Collective bargaining. Safe working conditions. Labor activists fought for all these and more to improve workers' lives. Want to learn more about the labor movement's fascinating history? Check out these inspiring novels featuring union…
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Read Like A Mermaid

The end of summer always sneaks up on me, and this year it caused a slight panic about all the time I hadn't spent at the beach and in the water. So for the past few weeks, I've made it my goal to spend as much time as possible enjoying the waters of Lake Michigan…
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