Death Casts a Shadow

Univ. of Wisconsin. (A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery, Bk. 7). Jun. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9780299338701. $24.95. M
The seventh and reportedly final “Door County” mystery (following Death Washes Ashore) opens with the Wisconsin peninsula caught in a winter storm. Sheriff Dave Cubiak is asked to perform a wellness check on wealthy widow Lydia McAllister, who lives at the north end of the county. Lydia reportedly has been acting strangely. The sheriff reluctantly agrees to visit but dismisses the problem as trivial. Unfortunately, the woman is found dead the next morning at the bottom of her stairs. Was her death an accident or a murder? Later, there’s an explosion at a local fisherman’s shack and another body is found. Are the two deaths related? As Cubiak investigates, he encounters internet romance scams and a buried secret of one of the peninsula’s longtime residents coming for vengeance.
VERDICT Skalka gives her readers a satisfying mystery with all the quirky residents of the peninsula and nicely wraps up loose ends from earlier books in the series. Fans of atmospheric locations and quirky characters will want to give this one a try.
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