When a series of suspicious deaths disturbs the summer holiday mood on Wisconsin's Door County peninsula, park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, reluctantly investigates and uncovers a web of betrayal and bitter rivalries. - (Baker & Taylor)
Introducing The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: smart, hard-edged detective fiction in a setting of stunning natural beauty along the pristine shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Haunted by death, former police detective Dave Cubiak must confront his own heartache before discovering what’s behind the tragic incidents plaguing the tourist mecca of Door County, Wisconsin.
- (Chicago Distribution Center
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
- (Chicago Distribution Center
Library Journal Reviews
Summer tourism in Door County, WI, dominates the local economy, and a serial killer isn't going to help. Six unexplained—and dramatically different—deaths mar the normally tranquil atmosphere. Despite the crime wave, the local big man around town insists that the upcoming Fourth of July festivities not be curtailed. This guy has big development dreams, and he's not about to let a few deaths slow him down. The state park has added former cop Dave Cubiak to its staff as an assistant ranger, but he's a drunken mess, grieving over the tragic deaths of his family back in Chicago. Thankfully, Cubiak is shaken out of his morass in time to focus on the present-day drama. Through careful questioning he learns more about the locals, seeing that multigenerational histories carry long vendettas. VERDICT Skalka's debut shows tremendous potential. Once readers get past a couple of grim opening chapters, the novel just takes off. The author concocts a satisfyingly complex plot while showcasing one of the main characters, Wisconsin's beautiful Door County. A great match for Nevada Barr fans.
[Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.