Mary H. Manhein


Mary Manhein is the retired creator and Director of the LSU FACES Laboratory. She has lectured regionally, nationally, and internationally on forensic anthropology. Her nonfiction books include The Bone Lady, Trail of Bones, and Bone Remains. Manhein co-authored Fragile Grounds: Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries with Jessica H. Schexnayder. Her fiction includes Floating Souls, The Canal Murders, and two children’s mysteries: Claire Carter, Bone Detective: The Mystery of the Bones in the Drainpipe, and The Mystery of Skull Lake.




10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol, John J. Hainkel Jr. Room
Thrills and Kills: Adventure, Mystery, and Murder
with Roy Hoffman, P.M. LaRose, M.B. Lewis, and Mary Manhein

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

Murder in the Cities of the Dead: A Novel

Forensic anthropologist Mary H. Manhein pens her second novel.

Maggie Andrepont, New Orleans forensic anthropologist, first appeared in Manhein's Floating Souls: The Canal Murders. Maggie is back again to investigate the case of a murdered "maybe priest" whose body has been discovered among the tombs in one of New Orleans infamous cities of the dead. Maggie's romantic past with the local coroner takes center stage as her future career, and, more urgently, her life, are in peril as someone strives to silence her permanently. Her Great Dane, Brutus, demonstrates his steadfast loyalty, while Tango, the cat, remains an erstwhile observer.


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