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A Florida swamp guide gets launched on a mystery by discovery of a hat — and a very unusual pair of shoes

Co-authors Carl and Jane Bock pull the reader into a world of natural beauty, fish, birds and crocodiles as they set up events for their protagonist and part-time sleuth

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How women took to the skies to become little-known heroes of the U.S. effort in World War II

In "BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot," author Sarah Byrn Rickman tells the story of one flier who became a leader of the group that ferried planes across the U.S.

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A summer hire to manage a drilling operation finds his job complicated by intrigue, murder — and interns

In "The Hole Truth," author J.A. Turley draws on his decades of experience in the oil and gas industry to create a fictional conspiracy that powers his murder-mystery

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From a vantage point far in the future, Colorado author’s “A Once-Dead Genius” examines the human condition

When an emissary arrives from another star system, how will the few remaining humans perceive it? How will it perceive itself?

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On a picturesque coastal camp site, a Hearst heir wanted to build a vacation home. He hired Julia Morgan.

California's first female architect spent more than two decades designing and building what would be known as the Hearst castle at San Simeon

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Money and desperation drive nobility under cover in a Colorado author’s book, setting stage for romance

In this excerpt from "The Desperate Duke," a conversation with the executor of an estate gives this novel all the set-up it needs

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The compelling legend of Colorado’s Poker Alice Tubbs pestered an author to launch her pursuit of the unvarnished truth

Some writers didn't let facts get in the way of the Old West figure's bigger-than-life story, but Liz Duckworth felt driven to document the still-fascinating reality

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Suddenly a stranger at his own class reunion, a man begins to question reality

When everything -- and then nothing -- is as it seems, how do you explain to your new girlfriend that you're not just another scam artist?

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Shifting points of view introduce a suicide, a disappearance and set the stage for drama

In Cynthia Swanson's "The Glass Forest," we get the first scent of mystery surrounding a tragedy bound to play out in betrayal