New Mystery Series Set in Wisconsin

If you like mysteries set in Wisconsin, try Death Stalks Door County by Patricia Skalka, the first in the Dave Cubiak series. Cubiak was a Chicago cop who became a park ranger at Peninsula State Park after his wife and daughter were killed in an accident. He is still grieving, feeling guilty, and drinking too much. This is a not a cozy mystery even though the author does a good job of describing the beauty and ambience of Door County. The story starts with a young man found dead at the bottom of Falcon Tower. Then an explosion kills a local eccentric fisherman, and four more deaths follow. Are the deaths connected? The author introduces many characters, their backstories, and relationships to one another: Park Superintendent Otto Johnson, Sheriff Leo Halverson, coroner Evelyn Bathard, wealthy businessman J. Dugan Beck, artist Ruby Schumacher, Ruby’s niece Cate, Dave’s housekeeper Ruta, and bakery owner Martha Smithson. The intricate plot winds its way to a shocking conclusion. For more mysteries set in Wisconsin try Victoria Houston’s Loon Lake Fishing Mysteries series, Mary Logue’s Claire Watkins Mysteries series, or Kathleen Ernst’s Chloe Ellefson Mysteries series.

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