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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.
Says New York Times best-selling true crime author Gregg Olsen: "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." This true story was the basis for the Broadway play, The Runner Stumbles, and the movie of the same name. In 1907, a Felician nun disappeared from her rural convent. When her bones were found buried in the dirt-floored basement of the remote, Gothic church she served, it caused a national sensation. Who killed her? The handsome priest? The jealous housekeeper? And, what other secret was uncovered along with her bones?
©2009 Mardi Link (P)2016 Mardi Jo Link
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By Douglas on 07-05-16

Rich, Lyrical Prose...

Link proves not only a thorough researcher in this elegant piece of true crime literature but also a considerably graceful writer as well. The murder of a nun, suspicions of sex, jealousy and corruption. A complex and complicated tale told masterfully by this accomplished writer.

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By night owl on 11-29-16

Better than most

Had to give this 5stars , even though I became bored with some of the repetition of characters stories.It's so much better than a lot of true crime. The writing is straightforward and clear. One is introduced to the time and place as well as the people of the area, without drawn out descriptions.My credit was well spent on this one.Very interesting story.

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