Death in Cold Water, winner of the 2017 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, presented by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

Death in Cold Water, winner of the 2017 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award, presented by the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

The 3rd Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery WINS EDNA FERBER FICTION BOOK AWARD!


“A haunting depiction of heartbreaking crime.” — Sara Paretsky, author of Brush Back

“... A tale of grisly murder filled with moments of breathtaking beauty. Sheriff Dave Cubiak is ... a hero well worth rooting for... Another fine novel in a series that is sure to satisfy even the most demanding reader.” — William Kent Krueger, author of Windigo Island

“Starring a tenacious cop who earns every ounce of respect he receives.” — Booklist


DEATH IN COLD WATER | When an eminent Door County philanthropist disappears and human bones wash up on the Lake Michigan shore, Sheriff Dave Cubiak has two puzzles to solve. Following a trail of half-remembered rumors and local history, he discovers the shocking truth.


Patricia Skalka, one of the featured authors on WYCC PBS Chicago's Mystery Marathon Author Interviews.

A first rate series.
— Kirkus Reviews
The intricate plot and well-developed characters will appeal to fans of William Kent Krueger.
— Booklist
Skalka writes with unusually rich detail about her story’s setting and with unflinching empathy for her characters.
— Publisher's Weekly
This mystery is even better than the first.
— Mary Logue, author of The Claire Watkins Mystery series
A tight, lyrical first novel.
Publishers Weekly
A great match for Nevada Barr fans.
— Library Journal
The characters are well drawn, the dialogue realistic and the puzzle is a difficult one to solve…this is an impressive first novel.
— Mystery Scene

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About the Series

The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries pit a former troubled Chicago cop against a roster of clever killers on the Door County Peninsula in the heart of the Midwest. Set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, the series kicks off with Death Stalks Door County and continues with Death at Gills Rock and Death In Cold Water.

About Door County

Door County Peninsula juts out between the pristine waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in northern Wisconsin. With 300 miles of scenic shoreline, five wooded state parks and a collection of quaint, waterfront villages, the area is a mecca for artists, musicians, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Every year, some two million visitors come to Door County, the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”

Photo by B.E. Pinkham

Photo by B.E. Pinkham

About the Author

Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, the first three books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.

Skalka turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer. 

Skalka is a member of several professional organizations, including The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Chicago and Door County WI.