The Hangman's Daughter

The Hangman's Daughter

A Historical Novel

Book - 2010
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Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead--marked by the same tattoo--the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.

Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town's physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed.

A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman's Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver P#65533;tzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

Publisher: Las Vegas : AmazonCrossing, 2010.
ISBN: 9781935597056
Branch Call Number: F
F Potzsch Oliver
Characteristics: 435 pages : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Chadeayne, Lee


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Jan 10, 2018

I found the whole series to be extremely interesting and well written. It truly gives a first-hand picture of how life was like back then. I hope he keeps the series going for I will be there to devour them quickly.

Aug 30, 2017

This whole series was way, way too much for me. Maybe things were that horrible back then, but that does not mean I want to read about it! "Grisly" does not begin to describe it. I have to laugh when other reviewers describe this as "not for the faint of heart." I got about 30 pages into the first one and was so revolted I stopped reading. So, I tried dipping into some of the others. Same thing. I would not describe myself as "faint of heart." I would, and do, describe these novels as "Over The Top." Reader beware!

Sep 17, 2016

Enjoyed it a lot, reminded me of the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Aug 29, 2016

Excellent translation, the story flowed beautifully. Yes, grisly, but that is what life was like back then. This story made me appreciate how much better life is now and how we all have to work at maintaining our humanity towards each other. (yes, it is just a story, but one that made me think!)

Aug 24, 2014

Grisly but compelling and well-plotted.

Jan 27, 2014

This is a really interesting book. Amazon had sent it to me on one of their daily deals so I figured I'd give it a shot. It is set in 1659 Germany during the Witch Scare. It's about a hangman who is trying to solve a murder with the help of his daughter and a doctor who is inlove with the daughter. Doctors and Hangmen did not mix since they are from opposite sides of the medical field, herbs vs. medicine. It is really interesting the different views from which this story is told. I was addicted too the book and has alot of trouble putting it down, which made it very difficult to do homework and study for the upcoming exams. I sugguest it to anyone who enjoys fictional history and a good mystery. Happy Reading!

PS Not sure why it is called "The Hangman's Daughter".

May 16, 2013

I loved this book! The description makes it sound way more romantic, it reminded a little of the Wicked series actually ...

Apr 08, 2013

Surprisingly good. I had lower expectations based on other reviews that I had read, but I like a good mystery. I should know better than to judge a work based on another person's opinion. I really enjoyed reading this story and I was captivated by the characters, especially The Hangman. The novel is well-written and the historical backdrop is nicely laid out without being too much of a textbook lecture. Be warned. This book is not for the faint of heart. It does discuss in somewhat graphic detail the modes of torture ("interrogation") and execution that would make your toes curl. That said, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Nov 02, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were all relatable (as relatable as 17th century German villagers can be) and the plot kept me sucked in. It was an easy read and fun mystery that I'd recommend for anyone.

Sep 26, 2012

Imaginative storytelling, if fairly gruesome in parts. A different type of mystery, being set in the 1600s.
Quite suspenseful in many places, and the translation is top notch, but the story does tends to drag along at times.It's fiction based on the author's family history. I will read the next in the series!

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