Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Proof Of Life



See?  I really do exist!

This piece of evidence brought to you by a very sneaky Baby Puppy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Neighbor Hates Me




But I'm very big with the bees and butterflies!

This year, Baby Puppy and I planted a sunflower garden to attract bees and butterflies. It was wildly successful, to say the least.  However, I'm not sure that my neighbor appreciates our ecological awareness.

Nature Notes
Our World

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Death Stalks Door County

             Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County peninsula. Murders, or bizarre accidents? Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective, assumes the worst but refuses to get involved. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden over the loss of his wife and daughter, he’s had enough of death.
            Forced to confront the past, the morose Cubiak moves beyond his own heartache and starts investigating, even as a popular festival draws more people into possible danger. In a desperate search for clues, Cubiak uncovers a tangled web of greed, betrayal, bitter rivalries, and lost love beneath the peninsula’s travel-brochure veneer. Befriended by several locals but unsure whom to trust or to suspect of murder, the one-time cop tracks a clever killer.
            In a setting of stunning natural beauty and picturesque waterfront villages, Death Stalks Door County introduces a new detective series, “The Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries.”
--- book description

Patricia Skalka's Death Stalks Door County (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) hooked me from the very first page.  Skalka can write, and her moody, miserable hero, Dave Cubiak, feels real enough to practically turn the pages for you.  Skalka manages to take full advantage of her story's gorgeous setting without letting the tale get bogged down in meandering description.  As for the plot, it's as twisty as a back country road.  Death Stalks Door County is an excellent murder mystery, and I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of Death Stalks Door County to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.