Death Washes Ashore

Univ. of Wisconsin. (Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery). Apr. 2021. 200p. ISBN 9780299328207. $24.95. M
Door County, WI, survives a 36-hour storm that left debris littering the beaches. After several rough shifts, Sheriff Dave Cubiak is awoken by his son, who says there’s a body on the beach. Joey is wrong, but a man who calls 911 later is standing by an overturned boat with a hand underneath it. Under the boat, Cubiak discovers the corpse of a man in knight’s armor. According to the coroner, the victim was assaulted before being killed by a blow to the head. After questioning theater companies, Cubiak finds Door Camelot, a business that creates scripts and game worlds where participants can physically portray characters, like King Arthur and Lancelot. The corpse is Scott Henley, the company’s founder. While it appears the victim is from Chicago, the police uncover a local Henley family connection. The suspects have Door County connections as well, including an angry farmer who lives next to Door Camelot, as well as spurned lovers and family members.
VERDICT The sequel to Death by the Bay is a descriptive mystery with a strong sense of place. Readers who enjoy well-plotted atmospheric stories featuring small-town sheriffs, such as Victoria Houston’s “Loon Lake” mysteries, should enjoy this book.
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