Fair Fiction

Posted Aug 9, 2018

To celebrate the Wisconsin State Fair this week’s #FridayReadsfeature some of our own fair fiction.

Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan DoigDancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

Dancing at the Rascal Fair, the second book of Ivan Doig’s McCaskill Family series, follows Agnus McCaskill and Rob Barclay as the journey from their native Scotland to the heart of America’s Wild West – Montana.  With fully-fleshed out and memorable characters, Doig follows Agnus’ and Rob’s journey throughout the frontier as they make lives for themselves, build homes, and raise families.  There’s brutal winters, one-room schoolhouses, demanding work, and some trouble when Agnus marries Rob’s sister, Anna.  Beginning in 1889 and spanning three decades, Dancing at the Rascal Fair captures both the immigrant experience as well as the American landscape in homespun story of love and friendship that pays homage to the state of Montana’s history.

So Long at the Fair by Christina SchwarzSo Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz

Is it possible to love two women at the same time?  Jon has loved his wife Ginny since he met her in high school, but he is also in love with his colleague at the ad agency, Freddi.  Every day Ginny comes closer to unearthing Jon’s affair, and now Freddi has potential suitor.  The pressure is on, and now Jon has a tough choice ahead of him…  Plus, a plot for revenge thirty years from the past is rearing its ugly head.  Seamlessly weaving the past and present together, Christina Schwarz explores secrets and deceptions alongside love, lust, loyalty and betrayal.  Set in a small town in Wisconsin, So Long at the Fair is an intricately-plotted page-turner with a plausible story line.

State Fair: A Benni Harper Mystery by Earlene FowlerState Fair: A Benni Harper Mystery by Earlene Fowler

Ranch hand and art museum curator Benni Harper is looking forward to a day at the San Celina Mid-State Fair with her police chief husband, Gabe Ortiz.  There will be fried food, caramel apples, farm animals, colorful quilts, and a plethora of activities including… murder?  Things start to unravel when an African American quilt cosponsored by the Ebony Sisters Quilt Guild is stolen.  As Benni and Gabe investigate the stolen quilt - a replica of a story quilt made by historical quilting icon Harriet Powers – they learn that the fair manager, Levi Clark, is quite unpopular with many fair goers.  With relatable characters and an amusing plot, Fowler’s State Fair is a quick and a fun summer mystery.

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