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Jeff Nania's Northern Lakes Mystery series receives high praise from Midwest Book Review
Figure Eight 2020 Midwest Book Award Winner
Figure Eight is the first of author Jeff Nania's 'A Northern Lakes Mystery' series and features a shattered career, a crooked lawyer, an unsolved murder, and a Northwoods setting that is fraught with danger, but also a story of redemption and second chances…" Figure Eight is an especially recommended addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections.
Figure Eight (Book 1)
As former police officer John Cabrelli struggles in the wake of a career-ending event, he retreats to his late uncle’s lakeside cabin in Wisconsin… but it’s far from the peaceful refuge he expects. Danger awaits — along with the truth behind his uncle’s death.
Spider Lake2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards Winner
The second novel in author Jeff Nania's 'A Northern Lake Mystery' series, "Spider Lake" once again features John Cabrelli and a colorful team of local residents land in the center of a fast-paced, deftly crafted, action driven, suspense thriller of a read with a unforeseen surprise ending. Very highly recommended as an addition to community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections…
Spider Lake (Book 2)
Former police officer John Cabrelli is recuperating at Spider Lake when a string of mysterious events in a nearby town draws him into a case involving a missing federal agent and a secluded cabin… An unputdownable crime thriller!
Bough CutterNew Release
Bough Cutter, the third book in the author Jeff Nania's award winning series 'A Northern Lakes Mystery' series and like its predecessors is a deftly written suspense thriller of a read with many an unexpected plot twist and turn. Bough Cutter once again showcases author Jeff Nania's genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling style that keeps the reader riveted from first page to last… Especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections…
Bough Cutter (Book 3)
Just as Namekagon County sheriff John Cabrelli adjusts to his new job, a body is discovered in the woods — and he must race against time to unravel the case when the lives of even more victims are claimed within the wilderness.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Jeff Nania draws upon careers in law enforcement, conservation, and a passion for our natural resources in his bestselling Northern Lakes Mystery series. Jeff’s narrative non-fiction writing has appeared in Wisconsin Outdoor News, Double Gun Journal, The Outlook, and other publications. Follow him on social media @jeffnania and @jeffnaniaauthor.
News and Events
In the News…
Wisconsin State Journal "Madison author Jeff Nania's third Northern Lakes Mystery cuts into the rural drug problem" by Gina Kittner, 8-8-21
Wisconsin State Journal "Northwoods novels from Portage man explore crime, wetlands and the occasional muskie" by Barry Adams, 10-4-20
Wisconsin State Journal "Portage author, Jeff Nania, shows off one of his many restored wetlands" by Barry Adams, 9-30-20
Interview with Rex Owens on 103.5 The Sun, aired 9-7-20
Portage Daily Register "Lewiston resident wins first place award for debut novel" 7-22-20
"Profiles in Encouragement" on The Writescast Network, 6-26-2020
Interview on the Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, 3-5-2020
Madison Magazine "Jeff Nania Restores Wetlands, Writes Mysteries" by Doug Moe, 1-6-2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Three Wisconsin books and a calendar to consider as gifts this season" by Paul Smith, 12-14-19
Portage Daily Register "Author to visit Readers Realm," 11-14-19
Columbus Journal "Columbus Books and Beer features mystery novelist" by Valerie Biel, 11-11-19
Sawyer County Record "Author's Night features mystery close to home" by Marty Zych, 5-17-19
Peninsula Pulse ‘Art of Water III’ in Algoma, May 3-5 by Door County Pulse, 4-23-19
Wisconsin Outdoor News “Readers following Nania’s first book” by Tim Eisele, 3-8-19
Richland Center Observer “Wisconsin Author to Speak at Ocooch Books” by Jean Birkett, 2-14-19
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel “Here are four outdoors-related books with a Wisconsin flavor to consider as holiday gifts” by Paul Smith, 12-9-18