Death by the bay / Patricia Skalka.

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      Summary: On a chilly Monday in late spring, Sheriff Dave Cubiak is at the Green Arbor Lodge for lunch when a scream from a nearby medical conference disrupts the scene. Leaping into action, he finds the ninety-three-year-old director of the prestigious Institute for Progressive Medicine collapsed on the floor, dead of a suspected heart attack. As Cubiak interrogates the witnesses, he's struck by the inconsistencies in their stories. Some evade questions while others offer contradictory statements. Then suddenly another scream pierces the air. . . . Past and present merge as long-buried secrets rise to the surface. The resourceful sheriff must rely on his skills and wits, along with the advice and memories of friends and family, to uncover the dark truth behind the Institute for Progressive Medicine. Dedicated and new fans alike will find themselves captivated by this intelligently plotted story as Cubiak untangles the twisted threads of this intricate mystery.
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      Includes bibliographical references (pages 226).
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PW Reviews 2019 March #4

At the start of Skalka's convoluted fifth Door County mystery featuring Sheriff Dave Cubiak (after 2018's Death Rides the Ferry), Cubiak's regular lunch date with a physician friend at Green Arbor Lodge is interrupted by screams coming from the nearby conference center, where Cubiak finds the 93-year-old director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine, Dr. Leonard Melk, has suddenly died. Melk's death appears to be natural, but the unhelpful attitudes of the witnesses to his collapse arouse Cubiak's suspicions. The matter is complicated when Francisca Delgado, a cleaning woman at the lodge, recognizes a photo on the wall as her brother, Miguel, who disappeared years earlier when he was taken away from home by doctors who promised to cure his Down syndrome. Cubiak soon discovers that the institute has an unsavory history of experimentation on handicapped children. A thoughtful, realistic protagonist and an evocative setting serve to offset the overly complex plot and unlikely murder motive. Those familiar with Wisconsin's Door County will enjoy the regional color. (May)

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