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Death Stalks Door County
A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery
Patricia Skalka

Terrace Books

Introducing The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: smart, hard-edged detective fiction on a popular vacation peninsula, a scenic wonderland surrounded by the pristine waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan

Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he’s had enough of death.

Forced to confront the past, the morose Cubiak moves beyond his own heartache and starts investigating, even as a popular festival draws more people into possible danger. In a desperate search for clues, Cubiak uncovers a tangled web of greed, betrayal, bitter rivalries, and lost love beneath the peninsula’s travel-brochure veneer. Befriended by several locals but unsure whom to trust or to suspect of murder, the one-time cop tracks a clever killer.

In a setting of stunning natural beauty and picturesque waterfront villages, Death Stalks Door County introduces a new detective series, “The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries.”

 

Patricia Skalka. Photo credit, B. E. Pinkham.Patricia Skalka is a former freelance staff writer for Reader’s Digest specializing in medical and human interest stories. She has worked as a magazine editor, ghost writer, and writing instructor. A native of Chicago, she lives in the city and takes time off at her cottage in Door County, Wisconsin.

 

 

 


 

Praise

“A terrific mystery that captures both the beauty and wildness of this wonderful peninsula.”
—Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins Mystery series

“Who would have guessed that so many dark secrets and sinister deeds lurk beneath the surface of Door County’s idyllic communities? Skalka weaves a fascinating tale that lures the reader into an intriguing mystery as her appealingly flawed protagonist, Dave Cubiak, unravels the threads that link a series of apparently unconnected deaths. A very satisfying read, and the arrival of a fresh, talented voice.”
—Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River

“Lean, eloquent prose . . . an intricate web of deceit and revenge.”
—John Smolens, author of Cold and Quarantine

“A mesmerizing mystery, bucolic setting, bodies dropping everywhere, plenty of prime suspects and in Dave Cubiak, a man with a tragic past, the right guy to solve it.”
—Charles Salzberg, author of Shamus Award–nominated Swann’s Last Song and Devil in the Hole

“A first-rate thriller with a strong noir mood. Skalka has created a strong sense of place, colorful characters, a scarred but likable hero, and a pace that sprints along.”
—Michael Norman, author of Haunted Wisconsin

 

 

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Death Stalks Door County

May 2014
LC: 2013033800 PS
256 pp.   5 1/2 x 8 1/4
1 map

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