POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 3:57pm
Baton Rouge, La — 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 Union.
“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.