The fourth installment of the "Hangman's Daughter" series finds Magdalena and her husband Simon heading to the monastery at Andechs for a religious pilgrimage. But quickly things fall apart for the two when Magdalena as well as several pilgrims fall ill and Simon must work to treat them. All is not as it seems in Andechs with several gruesome murders, a kidnapping and a possible Golem preying on the monks. Summoned by his daughter to help an old friend, Jacob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, must unravel the mysteries that are threatening his loved ones. I love this series and this installment was wonderful. The twists and turns kept me enthralled from beginning to end. The characters are so well written I feel as if I'm sitting around a warm fire listening to the fascinating tales of old friends. I look forward to diving into "The Werewolf of Bamberg" next!