09/12/2012 04:28 PM
BATON ROUGE – Mary H. Manhein, the internationally known head of LSU Forensic Anthropology
and Computer Enhancement Services, or FACES, Lab, will be signing copies of her first
murder mystery, “Floating Souls: The Canal Murders,” now available from Margaret Media
Inc., on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the LSU Bookstore, located in the Student
“Floating Souls” follows forensic anthropologist Maggie Andrepont. When bodies of
young women are found floating in New Orleans drainage canals, Andrepont is called
in to help find a pattern to the homicides and to profile a perpetrator. Complicating
matters, an old flame from graduate school days, now Minister of Antiquities in Rome,
asks for her immediate assistance in sorting out the mystery of ancient bodies found
in a famous campanile in Venice, Italy.
Juggling work on corpses on two continents challenges Andrepont in ways no one could
have predicted. Though confident in her expertise as a forensic anthropologist, Andrepont
is not as secure in her personal life. A secret history with the parish coroner, an
overeager amateur archeologist and intrusions by a documentary producer all distract
her from the mission at hand. Someone is stalking Andrepont, who and why makes for
a startling conclusion to this compact and fascinating sleuthing experience.
Manhein holds a master’s degree in anthropology and has more than 27 years of experience
as a forensic anthropologist. In addition to being the director of the FACES Lab,
she is director of the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing Persons Information
Program and is a professional in residence at LSU. Manhein, a fellow in the American
Academy of Forensic Sciences, has handled more than 1,000 forensic cases and is called
on by law enforcement agencies all over the United States.
Manhein is also the author of two books on forensic anthropology, “The Bone Lady:
Life as a Forensic Anthropologist” and “Trail of Bones: More Cases from the Files
of a Forensic Anthropologist.” She lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Bill, three
dogs and two cats. She lectures frequently on her work.
For more information on “Floating Souls: The Canal Murders,” contact Mary Gehman with Margaret Media Inc. at 225-473-9319 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to purchase the novel, visit www.margaretmedia.com/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=42. “Floating Souls” will also be available in e-book form from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012