In writing her debut mystery "Death Stalks Door County," Patricia Skalka bridged the gap between the worlds of fiction and nonfiction. The book, which "Publishers Weekly" called a tight, lyrical first novel, was short-listed for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award and nominated for Best First Novel at the Love is Murder Mystery Writers Conference. She has written three more books since. "Death At Gills Rock" (2015) -- named "One of the Year's Best" by Chicago Book Review; "Death In Cold Water" (2016) --which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers; and, Death Rides the Ferry (2018) -- hailed as "a page-turning read" by the New York Journal of Books and "a deftly-crafted gem" by Midwest Book Review.
Skalka is a former "Reader’s Digest" Staff Writer and freelancer with articles in national print and online publications and nonfiction books published by Random House, St. Martin’s, Avon and Rodale. She lives in Door County WI and Chicago.
Death By The Bay
When the founder of a prestigious medical clinic drops dead from an apparent heart attack and his protégé dies from what appears to be suicide, Dave Cubiak gets suspicious. Digging into the doctors' past, he discovers their sordid history of using innocent children for unethical medical research. To the sheriff, their actions represent the worst of human behavior: the powerful preying upon the weak. Mounting evidence points to foul play, and as Cubiak searches for the killer, a lonely old woman and a young Mexican immigrant beg him to find the children the doctors stole from their families.
Death Rides the Ferry2018
Death in Cold Water2016
Death At Gills Rock2015
Death Stalks Door County2014
Awards and Recognition
- Death At Gills Rock -- One of the Year's Best -- Chicago Book Review
- Death Stalks Door County -- Finalist: Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association
- Death in Cold Water --Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award -- Council for Wisconsin Writers