Review of Isadore's Secret by Mardi Link

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Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town
by Mardi Link

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional (August 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0472050796
ISBN-13: 978-0472050796

Description (Publisher Website)
A gripping account of the mysterious disappearance of a young nun in a northern Michigan town and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of the church

About The Author

Mardi Link is a freelance journalist and one of the founders of Michigan Writers, a non-profit support group for working writers in the Great Lakes State.
She has a degree in journalism and another in natural resources from Michigan State University; fresh out of college, she was a police reporter for a small daily newspaper in New England, Foster’s Daily Democrat. Her work has appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller (UK), Yankee Magazine, ForeWord Magazine, Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Traverse City Business News, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Bellingham Review, Dunes Review, and the Bear River Review.
Mardi is co-founder and previous executive editor of ForeWord Magazine, a trade book review journal of independent and university presses for a national audience of librarians and booksellers. In 2007, she was named Antioch’s Betty Crumrine Scholar for Creative Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award. Mardi is a 2008 graduate of Traverse City’s Citizen’s Police Academy. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan with her three sons.
Isadore’s Secret is her second book. When Evil Came to Good Hart: An Up North Michigan Cold Case was published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press, and spent four months on the Heartland Bestseller List.
I had the pleasure of reviewing Mardi's first book(check out my review here) When Evil Came to Good Hart: An Up North Michigan Cold Case, so I was excited to see a second book by this very talented writer. I'm from Ohio, and both of her books were about Michigan crimes which was really interesting to me.

Link's latest endeavor is as enthralling as her first was. I love reading true crime novels, but it isn't every writer that can capture the reader's attention and keep them reading. Many times I've found the books to be so factual they lose me. This was definitely not the case with Isadore's Secret. This book grabs hold of you and doesn't let go even when you're done reading it! Isadore's Secret reads like a wonderful murder mystery, and yet is factual, which is what makes it so fascinating. If you love true crime novels, the Mardi Link is definitely an author to watch!

Thank you to Mardi Link and The University of Michigan Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.

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