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Die Henkerstochter Magdalena the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman’s son—except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly in love with her And her father’s wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession It is 1659 the Thirty Years’ War has finally ended and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades But now a drowning and gruesomely injured boy tattooed with the mark of a witch is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife Martha StechlinJakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one Convinced she is innocent he Magdalena and her would be suitor race against the clock to find the true killer Approaching Walpurgisnacht when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil—a man with a hand made only of bones The hangman his daughter and the doctor’s son face a terrifying and very real enemyPage Numbers Source ISBN 054774501X


About the Author: Oliver Pötzsch

Oliver Pötzsch is a German writer and filmmaker After high school he attended the German School of Journalism in Munich from 1992 to 1997 He then worked for Radio Bavaria In addition to his professional activities in radio and television Pötzsch researched his family history He is a descendant of the Kuisle from the 16th to the 19th Century a famous dynasty of executioners in Schongau



10 thoughts on “Die Henkerstochter

  1. says:

    “Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions Everything you have heard told everything you have read returns to your mind as if you were being transported not toward heaven but toward hell Under torture you say not only what the inuisitor wants but also what you imagine might please him because a bond this truly diabolical is esta


  2. says:

    Updated 13012711 20% read Having a difficult time with this one That's what I get for jumping on the popularity bandwagon So far the titular character has been on one page ONE WTF translators? Was this the original title? And it just feels a bit anachronistic nothing so far I can really put a finger on but I'm wondering if this is new novelist or uninspired translation or just plai


  3. says:

    A strong and enjoyable debut of a new series set in Schongau Germany The setting was the main reason I decided to give this series a try Usually historical mysteries happen either in London or somewhere in the US This is why The Hangman's daughter is a breeze of fresh air in the genre 1659 Schongau's Hangman Jakob Kuisl is a feared man avoided because of superstitions but also sought out fo


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this historical thriller It gives us a snapshot into the life of transitioning to modern period medieval Germans It just has a very authentic ring to it Although the translator uses some rather modern language here and there in his translationit was originally written in German In fact the authors family is the actual family of our hangman in the title This hangman is a 5th generat


  5. says:

    The Hangman’s Daughter is not uite the right title for this book Yes the main character is a hangman Jakob Kuisl and yes he's got a daughter but this is not her story She's not the main protagonist The hangman is The Hangman's Daughter is basically a mystery about some child murders The book starts off with Jakob as a boy witnessing a gristly botched execution It’s a shocking scene – grim and edgy It


  6. says:

    This was an excellent historical thriller Set in Germany in the 1600's the story involves a hangman and his family When a midwife is accused of witchcraft the hangman tries to solve the mystery of who is killing young orphaned children all bearing a strange symbol on their bodiesThe politics and superstitions of that time seemed authentic The mystery is impossible to guess and the suspense builds until you are on the


  7. says:

    This was a 354 for me Basically I found this to be a very good genre crime novel set in 17th century Bavaria There are good guys and bad guys with the good guys using logic and rationality to solve a series of child murders before the killer strikes again while others in the town think the murders are the result of witchcraft and devilry The pages fly swiftly the mystery is engrossing and the historical setting is interesting


  8. says:

    Overall this book reads like a college research paper reworked the following term for a creative writing class in the spring of freshman year I love good historical fiction but this book just doesn't deserve the adjective The first problem is the title The Hangman's daughter is wonderful but a very minor character I learned after the fact that it's a translation poorly done and based on the author's family which explains his fawning v


  9. says:

    Very well researchedA town in the grip of a witch craze children gone missing or turn up dead treasure torture and forbidden love This is Jakob Kusil's world where he looms over the town like a dark shadow as he plays the role of the hangman Can Jakob and his trusted friend Simon solve the mystery and discover the perpetrator before all is lost?Okay first off this book was beautifully written even though it was written in another language orig


  10. says:

    I have read some reviews that say this is not about the Hangman's daughter but about The Hangman Jakob The Physician Simon I thought Magdalena played a key role and I liked the strong female characters throughout the story The midwives also Jakob being thought of as witches by the very same people that come knocking upon their doors after dark for a potion or to help deliver a baby So well described are the people the devil with his bone hand is truly


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