Signed by Mardi Link
Isadore’s Secret is a gripping account of the mysterious disappearance of a young nun in 1907 from Isadore, just outside Sutton’s Bay, and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of the rural church.
A former police reporter, author Mardi Link’s first book, When Evil Came to Good Hart, was an instant hit and spent 4 months on the Indie Heartland Bestseller list.
From the prologue: “Swinging planks of lantern light shine through the musty air and onto the dirt floor of the church basement. The oddly glowing rectangles syncopate over the damp ground and illuminate even the darkest, stooped-down corners of the space beyond. The only sound is the ragged breathing of two men, a young parish priest and a much older laborer. Aboveground these men belong completely to this place, in both body and soul. A glimpse of their faces anywhere in the sanctuary, the rectory, the school, the barn, or the gardens would be a welcome sight. But here below, these men of Isadore are interlopers. Only trespassers would sneak silently into the church's sloped underbelly without witness to carry out such a sinful and secret errand as this one. Despite their tools, and their lantern, and their resolve, neither is equipped for the task at hand or for what is to come.”
"A missing nun, ecclesiastical detectives, a small-town secret, and conspiracies in abundance; Isadore's Secret packs all the punch of a Dan Brown thriller, along with the disturbing revelation that it's all true. This is true-crime reporting at its best." _---Loren D. Estleman, author of The Left-Handed Dollar "An astonishing story told with beautiful, lyrical prose that never overshadows the facts. Mardi Link's achievement with Isadore's Secret is nothing short of stellar." _—Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of Starvation Heights "In Isadore's Secret, Mardi Link shines a journalist's lamp on this dark, quiet corner of Michigan's history, assuring that the tragic story of Sister Janina is not forgotten. Link's telling is fascinating and thorough, making a story you will not soon forget."_—Steve Lehto, author of Death's DoorMardi Link, a former crime reporter, was named Antioch's Betty Crumrine Scholar for Creative Nonfiction in 2007. Her first book, When Evil Came to Good Hart, also published by the University of Michigan Press, spent four months on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.