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Catalog Archive / Spring 2022

Death Casts a Shadow

“A thoughtful, realistic protagonist and an evocative setting. . . . Those familiar with Wisconsin's Door County will enjoy the regional color.”
Publishers Weekly, praise for a previous volume

The final book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series

With Door County caught in the grip of a fierce winter storm, Sheriff Dave Cubiak agrees to do a simple favor for a friend of his wife: he stops by to check in on an affluent widow with a questionable new suitor. His initial disquiet is easily dismissed—until she is found dead the next morning in her home. Lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs, clutching a valuable bronze sculpture, she points her outstretched hand in the direction of a nearby, nondescript ring.

The scene bears all the characteristics of an accidental fall, not unheard of for a person of her age, but something is not adding up. Later that week, an explosion in an ice fishing shack on the frozen bay leads to the discovery of another body, burned beyond recognition. Was this the widow's missing handyman? Could the two deaths be related? With what has become a hallmark for books in the series, past and present collide as Cubiak's search for answers uncovers the sad legacy of loneliness and the disquieting links between wealth and poverty on the peninsula.


Author. Photo credit, Name. Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, Death in Cold Water, Death Rides the Ferry, Death by the Bay, and Death Washes Ashore, the first six books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. She divides her time between Milwaukee and Door County, Wisconsin.

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Also by Patricia Skalka

Death Washes Ashore: the cover shows a picture of a lone canoe on a foggy lake, a forest at the water's edge. The title text is written in transparent white font at the top half of the page. Design by Sara DeHaan.

Death Washes Ashore
Book 6

Death Stalks Door County: cover art of a lake, within which lies a small island, beside a tree covered shore. The edges of the image fade to black, giving the cover a sinister look.

Death Stalks Door County
Book 1

Death Casts a Shadow: cover depicting an island in a lake during the winter, an orange sunset filling the sky behind tall pine trees.

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June 2022
LC: 2021049362 PS
270 pp. 5.5 x 8.5
1 map

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Cloth $24.95
ISBN 9780299338701
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