Northern Lakes Mystery Series

Jeff Nania draws upon experiences in law enforcement and conservation to keep readers wondering who is on the right side of the law in the Northwoods.

Book cover of Figure Eight by Jeff Nania. Large red eight on top of a topographic map. Book award emblem in corner.

Book 1

Figure Eight

A shattered career. A crooked lawyer. An unsolved murder. Seeking peace in the Northwoods is fraught with danger. Every night John Cabrelli relives the tragic events that ended his career. While struggling to find himself again, John inherits his uncle's cabin and returns to the lake where he spent much of his youth. Little does John know that danger waits for him when he uncovers suspicious circumstances of his uncle's death. Few people will talk about it as John unravels a mystery that could forever change the landscape.

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Book Cover of Spider Lake by Jeff Nania. Image has a topographic map in the background with a red spider overlaid.

Book 2

Spider Lake

A missing federal agent, suitcases full of cash, a secluded cabin in the woods. Spider Lake is no longer the peaceful retreat John Cabrelli needs to recover from his gunshot wounds and start a new life. Knowing Cabrelli is a former law enforcement officer, the new chief of police recruits him to help untangle a string of strange events in the little town of Musky Falls. Cabrelli and a colorful team of local residents land in the center of a fast-paced action thriller with a surprise ending that’s sure to make your head spin. 

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Book Cover of Bough Cutter by Jeff Nania. Image has a topographic map in the background with a green pine bough overlaid.

Book 3

Bough Cutter

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. Stressed relationships, public outcries for justice, and pressure from the media compound the situation. As the body count rises, he soon finds his greatest resource is the community itself.

This third book in the award-winning Northern Lakes Mystery series follows Figure Eight and Spider Lake. Bough Cutter keeps readers wondering who is on the right side of the law—a gripping tale of crime fiction!

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Book cover of Musky Run by Jeff Nania. Background has topographic map with two large canine prints overlaid.

Book 4

Musky Run

Olympic medalist Anna MacDonald comes home to Namekagon County to emcee the Great Wilderness Race as predators stalk the Northwoods. While occasional interactions with potentially dangerous animals are old hat for most residents, this changes when unpredictable behavior patterns make it unclear who is the hunter and who is the hunted. Sheriff John Cabrelli and the new Musky Falls chief of police work swiftly to keep the community calm as they try to piece together the clues before it is too late. 

Musky Run is the fourth book in the award-winning Northern Lakes Mystery series, following Figure Eight, Spider Lake, and Bough Cutter.

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