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.” Finalist, Traditional Fiction 2014 Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Patricia Skalka is the author of Death at Gills Rock, the second book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series. A former writer for Reader’s Digest, she presents writing workshops throughout the United States. She divides her time between her native Chicago and her cottage in Door County, Wisconsin.
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Death Stalks Door County: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Found it dreary and depressing. The hero had alcohol problems for the first 100 pages and the other characters were generally unlikable. The rest of the book was a very ordinary murder mystery. Cost way too much.
n a snarled mystery knotted up along the picturesque, Wisconsin vacation spot of Door County, Skalka balances this dark tale on an intricate thread. It weaves through the personal tragedies of myriad lives and events. This beautifully crafted work creates a stark backdrop of a rich, scenic and historical tableau, both evidence of keen research and sharp insight. It is, however, the power of Skalka’s voice that moves this story to it’s depths. From our hero Cubiak’s expletives to his friend Malcom’s promise of prayers and from 6 brutal murders, to pastor Waldo and Gladys Thorenson kneeling at the church alter offering up forgiveness, the expressions of both the sane and insane speak riddles. And the riddles are of broken lives. Lives that have made all the wrong choices and also of folks that have been noble despite it all, that tell the complexities and the anguish of loss. Dave Cubiak is a former cop trying to start over in the Wisconsin wilderness after calamity has obliterated his very foundation. He is a tortured soul, his bearings are all cracked, yet a deeply buried inner strength seems to push him along. Herein emerges the finesse he eventually musters to unravel clues and twisted motives to an unlikely end. This mystery noir, is an intense, stark, telling, that makes me glad that Cubiak will return.
Dave used to be a police officer--then his wife and daughter were killed in a hit and run accident. He can not seem to get past this and turns to drink. His partner convinces him to take a job as a park ranger up in Door County. By the way Door County is a real place and if it is half as beautiful as the author depicts-I want to go there! The story is not real! Door County is about to have their summer festival when strange things start happening--people are being murdered. Dave is finally convinced by the bigwig of the town to investigate. Amidst all Dave is able to come to terms with himself and it will warm your heart how this happens. So who is causing all the deaths? I can't tell you that it would give away the story. This is a well written book and I look forward to any sequels which may come along.
Just finished reading this book -- on the beach in Door County. I enjoy reading fiction set in places I visit. This books is an engaging page-turner that captures the spirit of Door County. Unlike the previous reviewer, I liked enjoyed wondering how the jaded former cop and reluctant detective would get sucked into (and of course resolve) the mayhem.