Death Washes Ashore (A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery) (Hardcover)

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Door County isn’t just fish boils and cherries. One day Sherriff Dave Cubiak gets a visit from a local farmer – mostly dairy, some sheep and chickens – with a noise complaint. Are wild parties disturbing the livestock? No, it’s a new LARP (live action roleplay) business, offering immersive programs from King Arthur to cavemen. The only problem? One of the knights is now a dead body. It turns out the victim is no stranger coming to the peninsula, leading to any number of suspects and motives. Jealousy? Revenge? Vigilante justice? The result is a classic whodunit, and don’t worry, you don’t have to have read the earlier entries in the series to enjoy the latest. 

— Daniel Goldin


In the wake of a brutal storm that lashed the Door County peninsula, Sheriff Dave Cubiak assesses the damage: broken windows, downed trees, and piles of mysterious debris along the shoreline. He leaves the comfort of his home and heads out into the aftermath, checking in with folks along the way to offer help. His assistant, marooned at the justice center overnight, calls with an ominous message about a body discovered on the beach. When the medical examiner discovers the man didn’t simply drown during the storm, Cubiak searches for answers.
Chasing leads, the sheriff learns the victim directed a troupe of live-action role players living in an ersatz Camelot. In a setting where pretense in the norm, Cubiak must determine if suspects are who they say they are or if their made-up identities conceal a ruthless killer. As tensions escalate among neighbors unhappy about the noise and commotion, the sheriff discovers that more than one person on the peninsula has a motive for murder.

About the Author

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

Praise For…

“Dave Cubiak, the taciturn, grieving, relentless sheriff of Door County and irresistible protagonist, has a problem. Patricia Skalka’s rendering of Cubiak and all the colorful characters in Death Washes Ashore is compelling and empathetic, written in simple, elegant language and revealing dialogue. Read it now.”—Bryan Gruley, author of Purgatory Bay

Death Washes Ashore is a nice mix of traditional mystery and police procedural, set in a fascinating corner of the Midwest, with three-dimensional characters and a good feel for the life of a community. Patricia Skalka knows the Door County tourists don’t see.”—Sam Reaves, author of Cold Black Earth

“Weaving clues throughout the strange world of live action role play, this book plumbs depths as great as the lake waters surrounding the peninsula: the insider/outsider war in the county, the bitter, bottomless pain of losing a child, and how Cubiak struggles to restore justice despite these forces. A great read for the thinking mystery lover.”—Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Cover of Snow

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299328207
ISBN-10: 0299328201
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery