If this is your introduction to the Hangman's daughter series, remember, this is a most unusual book series: the main characters are a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, and his family, all considered unclean in the suspicious 1600s but a vital part of their community because they are also healers. And because of that, they are sometimes called upon to solve mysteries that can't be explained by witchcraft and the devil.
In this outing, Kuisl's son-in-law, Simon Fronwieser travels to the community of Oberammergau to leave his son at boarding school ... and comes across a murder. Soon the whole family is drawn into the passions, secrets and recriminations brought about by those living in the community. And soon Kuisl is even more closely drawn into the murder as he is arrested and facing the type of torture he often is called to perform on criminal. The stakes grow for the Kuisl and Fronwieser and their family, creating a tense drama that will keep you glued to your seat.
Potzsch is a talented writer who brings his country's history, as well as his own, to colorful, three-dimension reality. This is great drama and first-rate reading.