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The fourth book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series
Death Rides the Ferry
Patricia Skalka

Sheriff Dave Cubiak is ensnared in a killer's cunning gambit

It’s a sparkling August day on Washington Island and the resonant notes of early classical music float on the breeze toward the sailboats and ferries that ply the waters of Death’s Door strait. After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians.

The jubilant mood sours when an unidentified passenger is found dead on a ferry. Longtime residents recall with dismay the disastrous festival decades earlier, when another woman died and a valuable sixteenth-century instrument—the fabled yellow viol—vanished, never to be found.

Cubiak follows a trail of murder, kidnapping, and false identity that leads back to the calamitous night of the twin tragedies. With the lives of those he holds most dear in peril, the sheriff pursues a ruthless killer into the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.

 

 

Patricia Skalka Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, winner of the Edna Ferber Fiction Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. She is president of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime and divides her time between Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin. A former staff writer at Reader’s Digest, she presents writing workshops throughout the United States. Her nonfiction books have been published by Random House, St. Martin’s, and Rodale.

Author website: www.patriciaskalka.com

 


 

Praise

“An intricate, intriguing plot in which Door County Sheriff Dave Cubiak can stop a ruthless killer only by finding the link between a spate of murders and a forty-year-old mystery.”
—Michael Stanley, author of the Detective Kubu series

“Skalka is equally skilled at evoking the beloved Door County landscape and revealing the complexities of the human heart, as Sheriff Cubiak's latest case evokes personal demons. This thought-provoking mystery, set in a beautiful but treacherous environment, is sure to please.”
—Kathleen Ernst, author of The Light Keeper's Legacy

 

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Other Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries by Patricia Skalka


Death Stalks Door County

Death Stalks Door County

Death at Gills Rock

Death at Gills Rock

Death in Cold Water

Death in Cold Water


Death in Cold Water

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May 2018
LC: 2017044542 PS
240 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
1 map

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Cloth $24.95
ISBN 978-0-299-31800-0
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