Monday, October 19, 2009

Northern Michigan author takes a look at another cold case

"Isadore's Secret" by Traverse City author Mardi Link offers a gripping, mesmerizing look at an intriguing, gruesome crime that place in a small northern Michigan town over a century ago.

It examines the mysterious disappearance of Sister Janine, a young nun, in the summer of 1907. Her body was discovered buried in the basement of her church over a decade later.
Although the book opens with a teaser, focusing on the discovery of the skeletal bones, it smoothly goes back and explores the history of the controversial case. The author begins with background information about Sister Janine's past, relating views on the nun's duties and work situation.

Link deftly examines the close association of the nun with the church's priest, Father Andrew Bieniawski as well her relationship with her physician, Dr. George Fralick. Sister Janine's sudden disappearance caused quite a stir and a huge concentrated search effort was coordinated.

Many residents of the local Polish community and nearby townspeople joined in the hunt but had no success. A bloodhound and his keeper had similar luck; Father Andrew offered a handsome reward.

Rumors abounded – some said Sister Janine had left the area with a man, other implied that she had returned home to members of her family.

Father Andrew was considered innocent – he was on a fishing trip when Sister Janine turned up missing. But Stanislawa "Stella" Lipczynska, his longtime housekeeper, was under suspicion. She had distinctly negative opinions about Sister Janine and her bad influence upon Father Andrew.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Event: Murder Mystery @ The Whitney October 30, 2009


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Someone was murdered @ the Whitney and we need your help to solve the mystery.

4421 Woodward Avenue.
Detroit, MI

October 30, 2009
6pm - 10pm
Tickets $10

a Fundraiser for the Michigan Warriors Basketball team

Flyer attached and the contact number for tickets is 734-334-6972 or 734-552-1490.

Thank you,

Janaya Black
Managing Editor
The Michigan FrontPage
313-963-5522 ext.244
313-963-8788 fax
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Two new mysteries take place in Michigan small towns

If you want to relax by the fireplace in a comfortable chair with an enjoyable cozy mystery, here's a quick look at a pair of new books that should be just right.

Each novel is set in a small Michigan town, showcasing frustrated amateur sleuth and is part of a likable ongoing series.

"Dead Floating Lovers" by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli (Midnight Ink, $14.95) is the second novel starring Emily Kincaid, frustrated author and part-time journalist.

The paperback sequel to "Dead Dancing Women" brings back Deputy Dolly Wakowski, who asks for Kincaid's help when she discovers a body.

The receding water level of a nearby local lake has revealed a body, complete with a bullet hole in the skull, and an item that may link it to her long-missing husband.

Members of the Odawa Indian tribe observe the discovery. And when the body is identified, they want to make sure she gets a proper Indian burial.

As Dolly and Kincaid investigate, other clues surface, as does another body, which causes all kind of complications.

Buzzelli, a creative writing instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, has created a satisfying tale with a lot of local color, deftly exploring uneasy relationships and deadly situations. Click here to visit the author's website.

"The Chocolate Cupid Killings" by JoAnna Carl (Obsidian, $21.95) is the ninth in her popular series featuring chocoholic Lee McKinney Woodyard, who runs TenHuis Chocolate in the small fictitious Michigan town of Warner Pier.

She's approached by Derrick Valentine, a private detective from Georgia who's seeking information about a new employee. The woman is part of a secret underground railroad-type of organization that's helping abused women.

Valentine soon turns up dead. Woodyard's aunt Nettie is discovered holding the murder weapon and more challenges arise.

When you throw in a violent Detroit mobster, a sneaky CEO under investigation, secretive cops and much more, you've got a fascinating tale that Agatha Christie lovers should enjoy.  Woodyard does a lot of research, trying to figure out what's going on.

Her boat-building husband, who's also the city attorney, has other problems; another body surfaces and both are put in a perilous situation.

JoAnna Carl, the pseudonym for mystery writer Eve K. Sandstrom, is in fine form, offering more tasty chocolate trivia as well as entertaining mystery faire.

Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, has reviewed crime novels and noir thrillers regularly since 1987. This article first appeared in the Lansing State Journal. Visit


Monday, October 5, 2009

Hackley Public Library hosts true crime writer and medical examiner on October 6th

This is tomorrow, but what a neat program. I'm sure I am not the only one who reads books like the Kathy Reichs series so this would have a broad audience. It would make a great Halloween program for teens and adults.

Skeletons in the Closet

Hackley Public Library welcomes Dr. Stephen Cohle and Tobin Buhk on October 6th.

Based on his experiences of observing and assisting on more than 35 autopsies with Kent County, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen D. Cohle, and true-crime writer Tobin T. Buhk, recount riveting, real-life stories, each with an unique forensic twist.

For more information call 231-722-7276.

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