Spiritual Sub-Text Plays a Role in Dorcas Mladenka’s New Mystery Novel

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Author announces release of ‘The Secret on the Island’.

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I believe the spiritual issues help to explain Maggie’s search for inner strength. They help to understand and appreciate Maggie.

In her new mystery novel, “The Secret on the Island” (published by iUniverse), author Dorcas Mladenka tells the story of a rookie detective who unearths a conspiracy after her friend is murdered, and she realizes that she must act fast to stop the killer before he can harm her other friends.

Maggie Haslo, a research assistant at Tanner Investigative Services, begins a personal journey to investigate the death of her colleague and friend, a history professor who had invited her to a dive trip to a 16th-century sunken Spanish galleon. His death coincides with strange threats on her friends in a 16th-century monastery on Port Aransas Island. The rookie detective’s journey spans the island, the San Antonio missions and a battle of wits with a handsome blue-eyed island detective on his mission to solve the conspiracy.

“I sometimes have what I privately think of as a ‘psychic flash.’ A strong sense that whatever it is that’s happening has a reason that somehow fits into the overall destiny of my life. Often I find that the premonition was right. I had a very powerful one now, as I sat among strangers, in a boat, on the sea, in the dark, going, I knew not where. ‘What am I doing here?’ I thought. ‘What does this mean?’”

Mladenka thinks of her book as something that could entertain – a good mystery novel. But that doesn’t mean she shies away from a spiritual subtext. “I believe the spiritual issues help to explain Maggie’s search for inner strength,” she says. “They help to understand and appreciate Maggie.”

“The Secret on the Island”
By Dorcas Mladenka
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 166 pages | ISBN 9781491700594
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 166 pages | ISBN 9781491700570
E-Book | ISBN 9781491700587
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dorcas Mladenka is a retired university professor who has spent a lifetime writing in personal journals, in workbooks for her students, and numerous unfinished collections of poetry and short stories. With retirement, she has finally completed her first novel, “The Secret on the Island.” She lives in Canyon Lake, Texas.

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