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Catalog Archive / Spring 2020

Death Rides the Ferry

Winner of the Midwest Book Award for Fiction—Mystery/Thriller

Sheriff Dave Cubiak is ensnared in a killer's cunning gambit (Book 4)

After a long absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival returns to picturesque Washington Island on the tip of the Door County peninsula where Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off. Tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians, but the jubilant mood quickly evaporates when a body is found aboard the local ferry.

Residents recall the disastrous festival decades earlier, when a woman died and the fabled yellow viol vanished without a trace. Linking the past with the present, and with the lives of those he holds most dear in peril, Cubiak pursues a ruthless killer into the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.


Patricia Skalka Patricia Skalka is the author of the award-winning Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. Past president of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and a former staff writer at Reader’s Digest, she presents writing workshops throughout the United States. Skalka divides her time between Milwaukee and Door County, Wisconsin.




“Mystery-lovers will be delighted.”
Door County Peninsula Pulse

“An enchanting example of Wisconsin noir.”

“The tension mounts chapter-by-chapter as the author smoothly focuses on uncommon criminal aspects of events that take place in two different eras.”
Lansing State Journal

“This is the fourth book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series, and readers will not be surprised to learn that they just keep getting better and better!”
Suspense Magazine

“Music lovers will join outdoor enthusiasts in welcoming Skalka's fourth Door County entry.”
Kirkus Reviews



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Death Rides the Ferry: cover art of the wake behind a ferry, a small bit of land on the horizon.

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March 2020
LC: 2017044542 PS
240 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
1 map

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