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This story takes place in the year 1666 at the monastery at Andechs. The monastery is a favorite pilgrimage site, and Jacob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, finds himself embroiled in a dark mystery involving an old friend who took refuge as a monk some years previous. This friend finds himself the suspect in a triple murder and he is suspected of being a warlock working with the dark arts. He knows that the only person who has a chance to save him is his old wartime friend, Jacob Kuisl. He puts all his faith and trust in the hangman, and as the story unfolds, it seems his faith is not misplaced. The sharp mind, keen senses and experience as a hangman all come to play to assist our reluctant hero in solving yet another puzzling mystery.
Joining him in the sleuthing are his intrepid daughter, Magdalena and her husband, Simon Fronweiser. Together they search for clues and risk their lives to assist Jacob's friend who, while performing scientific experiments has placed himself under suspicion, due to fear and superstition. I doubt these times were easy, even under the best of circumstances with illnesses decimating whole villages and the rigid beliefs and prejudices making anyone a little out of the ordinary fodder for gossip and as we see in this tale, even at risk for far worse. The justice system (if it can be so called) was guilty until proven innocent and for the most part, once you were considered guilty, it was virtually impossible to stop the momentum that would bring you to your doom. I can't imagine there were many who would have extended themselves to assist, for fear of being accused themselves. It was a dark time, which makes it the perfect setting for a mystery. I'm a historical fiction fan, not usually one to read mysteries, but these books make it easy for me to enjoy both period fiction and a great page turning crime novel.
Mr. Potzsch weaves a thrilling tale and leaves us following the breadcrumbs of clues to the final conclusion of this exciting edition in the Hangman's Daughter series
This book presents another adventure of the Kusil family who decide to visit a relative in Andechs and attend a famous pilgrimage at the monastery.
The family discovers that there is much hanky-panky going on concerning the monks other than saying Mass and giving alms. This discovery leads to some very mysterious and dangerous encounters.
The primary characters were appealing to me ... nice, decent, ordinary people, people I might like to meet. Having traveled to many places in Germany, I could feel the atmosphere there. I would like to have visited the (presumably fictionalized) location of this story. On the other hand, maybe I did and didn't know it! Germany is full of these wonderful, scenic sites. There are a few sad and scary scenes, but most of all, it's just a good mystery.
Kuisl has become boorish with his know it all attitude. He leaves his sick wife to "help" a friend who he hasn't seen in 20 years with disastrous.. consequences. During his search for Simon and his grandchildren he stops to look at books. Really!!!