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Floating Souls (The Canal Murders)
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
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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
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.
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.
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.