Death at Gills Rock: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery (Paperback)
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Dave Cubiak is back!
After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans, about to be honored for their military heroics, die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game.
Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men "got what they deserved," he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident.
Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men's veneer of success and respectability hides an intricate web of lies, betrayal, and treachery.
In a dark, moody tale that spans more than half a century and hopscotches across the peninsula, Cubiak encounters a host of suspects with motives for murder. Amid broken dreams, corruption, and loss, he sorts out the truth.
Death at Gills Rock is the second book in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.
About the Author
Patricia Skalka is a former freelance staff writer for Reader's Digest specializing in human interest and medical stories. She has worked as a magazine editor, ghost writer, and writing instructor. A native of Chicago, she lives in the city and takes time off at her cottage in Door County, Wisconsin.
"Death at Gills Rock is a well wrought, tightly plotted mystery with a nuanced, brooding detective, set on the gorgeous waterfront of a frigid Wisconsin peninsula."
—Hallie Ephron, New York Times best-selling author of Night Night, Sleep Tight
"Skalka takes us back to Door County—this mystery is even better than the first."
—Mary Logue, author of the Claire Watkins mystery series
"A compelling, complex whodunit saturated with long-ago sins and festering hatreds. The author skillfully uses as her backdrop an outwardly idyllic corner of Wisconsin."
—Robert Goldsborough, author of Archie in the Crosshairs, a Nero Wolfe Mystery
"An expertly crafted, impressively researched novel with a gripping, multilayered plot; colorful, well-drawn characters that leap right off the page; tight, punchy dialog; and a pace that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go."
—Michael Norman, author of Haunted Wisconsin
"Intricate plot and well-developed characters." —Booklist