August 2021 Book Group

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
Author: Patricia Skalka

Join librarian Meredith to discuss "Death Stalks Door County" by Patricia Skalka. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout, or you can order a copy through Infosoup, the library's online catalog. This discussion will take place in the large meeting room next to the library, and masking will be required for all participants. If you are interested in attending virtually, please let us know by August 20th so this can be arranged.

"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.”

This Wisconsin mystery debut was a finalist for the Traditional Fiction 2014 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association. Here's what the critics said:

“A satisfyingly complex plot . . . showcasing one of the main characters, Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County. A great match for Nevada Barr fans.”—Library Journal

“The puzzle is a difficult one to solve, with suspicion continually shifting as more evidence is uncovered. . . . An impressive first novel.”—Mystery Scene

“Can a big-city cop solve a series of murders whose only witnesses may be the hemlocks? An atmospheric debut.”—Kirkus Reviews

Book Group, the Scandinavia Public Library's book discussion group, normally meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. Our discussions are open to anyone who has read the month's selected title and will participate in a civil manner. Readers are welcome to attend as many meetings as their interest and schedules permit. We read a wide variety of books, covering all genres, as well as occasional non-fiction titles. Titles are selected by our staff, but we also welcome suggestions from our readers!