- Series: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (Book 5)
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (December 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544610946
- ISBN-13: 978-0544610941
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 950 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Pötzsch effectively conjures up an atmosphere of claustrophobia and paranoia in seventeenth-century Germany in his fifth whodunit featuring the Kuisl family...The tension, as the Kuisl family finds itself in the midst of the hunt, is palpable, leading to a cleverly clued solution.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“The setup is delicious...Good fun overall.” —Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
It is nothing new for a hangman to be the object of scorn and anger, but Jakob has always managed to rise above it all in order to solve the mysteries he encounters, blustering and bullying his way past his opponents with the help of his equally stubborn and clever family. But never have they faced a killer so depraved. This chilling addition to the Hangman’s Daughter series will leave even the bravest readers looking over their shoulder.
OLIVER PÖTZSCH was for years a radio personality for Bavarian radio and a screenwriter for Bavarian public television. He is a descendent of the Kuisls, the well-known line of Bavarian executioners who inspired his novels. In addition to the best-selling Hangman’s Daughter series, he is the author of the contemporary thriller, The Ludwig Conspiracy. He lives with his family in Munich.
LEE CHADEAYNE, translator, is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor in chief of the ALTA Newsletter.
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Besides that, this was enjoyable, if not one of the more interesting of the series. The premise is virtually the same as previous stories as the hangman is once again a somewhat unwilling protagonist, stumbling into another mystery of murder and secrecy. There are new and newish characters who play pivotal roles this time but even while I was sipping lukewarm beer on a Greek beach I couldn't help but feel they could use a little more development.
It's good holiday, train, and travel fodder. It kept my interest without being a page-turner, which can be nice on a beach if you want to stop reading occasionally and admire beautiful people in beautiful bikinis until your wife notices. Then you pick the book back up and enjoy it without missing a beat.
Series usually get stale by the fifth entry, but The Werewolf of Bamberg has breathed new life into this series.
The translation is clunky and I think probably pretty bad. The characters are predictable until they are not. But seriously? A hangman who is a well known healer, intellectual, and a lover of books? How can that NOT drag you in?
Some critics complain that this series is too formulaic. Are not all great series formulaic? Did anyone like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp, or the Yoknapatawpha County Snopes family?
Just read these stories for the fun of reading some good stories and you might learn some actual history about witch hunts, old school execution and torture, and day to day life in the 17th century. You may even realize your family is not much different from the Kuisls.