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Catalog Archive / Fall 2021

The fifth book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series
Death by the Bay

“A touching and original story. Sheriff Cubiak is the kind of man you would always want to handle such personal and painful matters. All the characters spring off the pages.”
—Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries

On a chilly Monday in late spring, Sheriff Dave Cubiak is at the Green Arbor Lodge for lunch when a scream from a nearby medical conference disrupts the scene. Leaping into action, he finds the ninety-three-year-old director of the prestigious Institute for Progressive Medicine collapsed on the floor, dead of a suspected heart attack. As Cubiak interrogates the witnesses, he’s struck by the inconsistencies in their stories. Some evade questions while others offer contradictory statements. Then suddenly another scream pierces the air. . . .

Past and present merge as long-buried secrets rise to the surface. The resourceful sheriff must rely on his skills and wits, along with the advice and memories of friends and family, to uncover the dark truth behind the Institute for Progressive Medicine. Dedicated and new fans alike will find themselves captivated by this intelligently plotted story as Cubiak untangles the twisted threads of this intricate mystery.


Portrait of author Patricia Skalka Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, and Death Rides the Ferry, the first four books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. 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.

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“Rife with memorable scenes in such unexpected places. . . . Death by the Bay wouldn’t be a traditional Skalka mystery, though, if it didn’t include an unexpected twist or two.”

“Reveals a remarkable ability to create atmosphere. . . . Clearly, Skalka knows how to chill her readers’ blood, and she leaves them with haunting questions.”
Door County Pulse

“A thoughtful, realistic protagonist and an evocative setting. . . . Those familiar with Wisconsin’s Door County will enjoy the regional color.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fully captures the reader’s dedicated attention in a complex mystery with more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster.”
Midwest Book Review

“Sheriff Dave Cubiak is a character who embodies everything mystery readers love about intelligent, clever sleuths who unravel the secrets and solve the puzzles. Fast-paced, intriguing, exquisitely written, and fabulously entertaining, the fifth book in the series is a winner.”
—Raymond Benson, author of In the Hush of the Night

“Shocking, engrossing, and masterfully written. Patricia Skalka has crafted another superb mystery!”
—Carrie Smith, author of the Claire Codella mysteries



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New in Paperback!
September 2021
LC: 2018049609 PS
270 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
1 map

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Cloth $24.95
ISBN 9780299323103
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ISBN 9780299323141
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