Escape to the Northwoods

Mystery. Intrigue. Natural Resources.

What readers are saying

"With Musky Run Jeff joins the ranks of Joseph Heywood, Steve Hamilton, and William Kent Krueger."

"Your books are like a love letter to Northern Wisconsin." 

"I started Musky Run yesterday and stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish reading it, could not put it down. Excellent!"

"The perfect summer read!"

"I love all 4 books!" 

"Awesome book. They all are! Cannot wait for the next!"

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  • Figure Eight

    Book 1 (2019)

    After a career-ending event, John Cabrelli retreats to his late uncle’s lake cabin where danger awaits—along with the truth behind his uncle’s death in this award-winning first in series.

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  • Spider Lake

    Book 2 (2020)

    A missing federal agent, suitcases full of cash, a secluded cabin in the woods… Spider Lake, the award-winning second book in the Northern Lakes Mystery series, is an unputdownable crime thriller.  

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  • Bough Cutter

    Book 3 (2021)

    A body is discovered in the woods and sheriff John Cabrelli must race against time to unravel the case when even more victims’ are claimed within the wilderness. Award-winning third book in series.

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  • Musky Run

    Book 4 (2023)

    When an Olympic medalist goes missing in the Northwoods, Sheriff John Cabrelli and his team race to find her—especially with a dangerous predator prowling the land…

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Praise for Northern Lakes Mysteries

I have enjoyed all of Jeff Nania’s Northern Lakes mysteries but Musky Run is his best yet. Jeff’s great appreciation for the natural world, both its beauty and danger, shines through all the books, but this one also offers a a thrilling Northwoods race and a page-turning finale that will prove either the swansong or salvation of his memorable protagonist, John Cabrelli.

Doug Moe | Journalist and Author of The Right Thing to Do:Kit Saunders-Nordeen and the Rise of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin and Beyond

Meet 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

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