Patricia Skalka Death Casts a Shadow

On the left is the cover of Death Casts a Shadow and on the right is a headshot of author Patricia Skalka in a white shirt with the water behind her

On a frigid, blustery morning on the Door County peninsula, Sheriff Dave Cubiak discovers a wealthy widow lying dead at the foot of her stairs. She could have fallen — but Cubiak immediately suspects something more ominous, especially because he’d just been called to do a wellness check on the woman the night before. So begins the latest mystery at the heart of “Death Casts a Shadow,” the seventh and final volume in Patricia Skalka‘s popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series. But, like Skalka’s previous books, the story is about more than the mystery at hand.

“To me, a good mystery does more than answer the question of who-done-it,” says Skalka, who splits her time between Milwaukee and Door County. “A good mystery opens a window into the soul and reveals the true nature of the characters. It helps the reader understand the characters struggles and motivations and, hopefully, challenges the reader to wonder what they would do if they found themselves in the same situation.”

Senior Editor

Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine. Her long-form features have garnered numerous honors since 2006 including from the National City Regional Magazine Association, the Milwaukee Press Club and the American Society of Journalist and Authors. In addition to helping edit the work of Madison Magazine's contributing writers, freelancers and essayists, she writes features and the monthly Looking Back historical photo department page. Online, Maggie conducts monthly author Q&As and covers the local literary scene with her Sunday Reads monthly e-newsletter. Her own debut novel, "Still True," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September 2022. 

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