The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance



"With humor, honesty, and a deep love for each individual, Link describes the steady buildup of friendship and loyalty as they ate, drank, played pool at the local bars, wandered in the dead of night through the thick woods to find bears, and bonded in ways many women may never experience in their lifetimes." -Kirkus Reviews

"Hemingway’s Michigan, except with ‘mothers who hand-sewed their kids’ clothes, read used Jane Austen paperbacks and stenciled checkerboards and hearts onto their kitchen cupboards,’ and you’d have something wonderful, something lush and welcome:THE DRUMMOND GIRLS.”
Sue William Silverman, author of The Pat Boone Fan Club

"(C)aptures the lives of blue-collar boomers, this book is great for book clubs, and Link knows the territory; Michigan-based herself, she won the Great Lakes, Great Reads Booksellers’ Choice Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award for her memoir, Bootstrapper."
-- Library Journal




BOOTSTRAPPER: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm


"Glints with Link's raw, willful energy . . . Possesses that rare, elusive, but much sought-after feeling of authenticity."
-The New York Times Book Review

"A country song of a memoir . . It's great fun to listen to . . .full blast."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A heroic-comic saga of single motherhood, pure stubborness, and the loyalty of three young sons."
-Garrison Keillor

An Indie Next Pick
Winner, GLIBA's Booksellers Choice Award
Elle Magazine's Reader's Choice Prize
Housatonic Book Award for Creative Nonfiction




WICKED TAKES THE WITNESS STAND: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan


A New York Times' Crime & Punishment bestseller
On a cold afternoon in December 1986, a state trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias. The dead man, a 31-year-old oilfield worker, was pressed against the tailgate of his pickup, clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Residents of Gaylord weren't used to such gruesome discoveries. But the Tobias case had more disturbing revelations in store, and was soon mired in bungled forensics, shady prosecution, police cover-ups, and a star witness out for revenge.

From the postscript: "Every element of human hubris, ego, stupidness, misplaced loyalty, laziness, craziness, and just plain wickedness put the defendants behind bars. None were a match for three stubborn lawyers who knew a wrong when they saw one."

"Award-winning author and former newspaper reporter Mardi Link has crafted this real-life courtroom drama into a striking book . . .fascinating."
-ForeWord Reviews




ISADORE'S SECRET: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town


"Link handles the Sister Janina case with a high degree of art and we get a deep, rich, sustained narrative . . . Link has our attention and we hope for more."
-Grand Rapids Press

"(A) page-turning tale filled with facts, well done research, and interviews with family members. . . . the writing will transport readers back to the early 1900s, when the sins of those living in a Northern Michigan town were uncovered."
-Heritage Newspapers

"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, author of Starvation Heights




WHEN EVIL CAME TO GOOD HART: An Up North Michigan Cold Case


"The murder mystery that has confounded and fascinated people for over forty years had been given a whole new life. When Evil Came to Good Hart is a well-researched and well-written piece of nonfiction that holds the reader in its spell, just as the mystery has the many writers, reporters, and law officers who have puzzled over it. My highest praise: it reads like a good novel, a real page-turner."
-Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People and The Tarnished Eye

"There is an intemporal quality to Good Hart, the kind born of ancient rocks, mature mixed forests, enduring Ottawa legends, and the turquoise waters of Little Traverse Bay. Hovering over this paradise is the dark chapter in the village's past that locals still don't care to talk about: the massacre of six members of the Robison family in the summer of 1968. In the first nonfiction book about this baffling crime, Link offers up a balanced and absorbing account of this mystery . . . leaving readers wanting more from this very talented writer."
-Richard Bak, Hour Detroit