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Floating Souls (The Canal Murders)

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The author of The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist, turns her hand to fiction in a mystery infused with insight, vivid description and humor that only an internationally recognized expert in the field could create.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published 2012
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Feb 11, 2013 Gary rated it liked it
I enjoyed Manhein's presentation about her first novel (she's previously written nonfiction books about her work as an LSU forensic anthropologist) at the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival, and her lively discussion piqued my interest in reading Floating Souls. Her passion for her work is palpable, and it comes through in the person of fictional protagonist Maggie Andrepont, who, like Manhein, is a forensic anthropologist. The novel is slim, moves quickly through a series of murders in New Orleans ca ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok
I am sure that Mary Manhein does a wonderful job writing her nonfiction books about forensic anthropology. But "Floating Souls" is obviously the work of an amateur fiction writer. It definitely keeps your attention because of the subject matter, but the writing is very stilted, the characters too stereotypical and the story a bit erratic. Also, please note, that if you are at all squeamish, reading about a forensic anthropologist may not be a good idea.
Kitty Tomlinson
Maggie Andrepont, a local forensic anthropologist in New Orleans solves the murders of women found in canals in New Orleans area and also helps with bodies from a walled up building in Venice, Italy. Fun read.
Jul 29, 2013 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Quick and easy read. I found it was a great story without a lot if fluff that held my attention and actually left me wanting more. I also love the fact that one of the characters and my daughter share a not so common name, Maura.
Apr 22, 2015 Doyle rated it liked it
Not bad for a first attempt at fiction writing. I found it to be gritty in an old school dime detective novel from days gone by with enough forensic anthropology to keep me interested. Definitely had quite a few twists and turns towards the end.
Jun 15, 2013 Theresa rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
The story was ok but the writing is terrible. Poor character development. I gave it a shot because I like forensic mysteries.
Dec 11, 2012 Elaina rated it really liked it
This is a great book. It was quick and easy to read and a lot of fun. If you like forensic cases and murder mysteries this is a book for you.
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Feb 24, 2013 Marian Harden rated it really liked it
By LSU's Bone Lady. Not bad for her first novel.
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Interesting, entertaining & a quick easy read. Enjoyed my afternoon.
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