Once again Oliver Pötzsch transports the reader to the 1600s in southern Germany. He updates the adventures of the Kuisl family: Jakob, the Shongau hangman of the series' title; Magdalena, his daughter and the other titular character; and her husband Simon. Pötzsch fleshes out several supporting characters In this latest story, including Barbara Kuisl, the younger daughter who plays a major role in one of the three major plot lines.
The novel follows the pattern of the most recent books with a setting outside of Schongau, but this time one plot line returns to that town. We get a little better sense of the passage of time since the two previous stories, and the return of characters from the earliest novels is welcome. In some ways this book continues the pattern of the last two novels with more characters, more complex stories, and an expansion of the setting.
The book is very much like all the novels, with an interesting mystery or three, complex characters, and a wonderful sense of time and place. My only mild criticism is that the author withholds some clues which make solving *all* of the mysteries impossible! An excellent read!