Maine Newspaper Mysteries with Nate and Nasty

Death in Venison

Nate Emerson and Nasty Jensen think they’re headed for a quieter life when they leave their jobs as foreign correspondents and take over a small-town weekly newspaper in Maine. But as they develop an uneasy partnership with the local police chief and learn the ways of the Pine State from their staff, they quickly see that Venice has secrets and mysteries all its own, including murder.

Down the Maine coast is a small town called Venice. Unlike Paris or Peru, you won’t find Venice on any actual map of Maine because it’s a figment of the imaginations of former journalists and first-time novelists Luanne and Jim Napoli. Partners in life, the Napolis have made themselves partners in crime by penning Death in Venison: Maine Newspaper Mysteries with Nate and Nasty. In doing so, they’ve served up a chowder of a good read. The book bubbles with a cast of “Maine-iacs”—local and from away—who range from depraved to virtuous. Less a whodunit and more a ghastly delight, Death in Venison is a potboiler of a whole new order, and all is made more piquant with winning wit and good humor.

—David Crosson, writer and editor

Death in Venison is a sophisticated mystery told in a distinctive voice. It is full of characters the reader will enjoy spending time with. Even the bad guys are entertaining. This book is over far too soon.

—Dan Whipple, author of Descartes’ Dog

James & Luanne Napoli

Massachusetts native James Napoli had a career spanning five decades as a newspaper reporter and editorial writer, journalism professor, print media consultant, and political analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. Luanne Napoli, born in Wisconsin, was a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, a technical editor/writer, and a project manager for international development projects based abroad and in Washington, D.C., for 30 years. James and Luanne lived in Cairo, Egypt, for 12 years and also lived in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, and France.