Excellent - don't pass this one up! I wish I could find more historical novels like this. Having grown weary of novels set in Tudor times, I found th..Show More »is little gem while browsing historical crime/thrillers. Set in seventeenth century Bavaria it involves a reluctant executioner, a midwife accused of witchcraft, a young physician and, of course, the hangman's daughter. The plot involves a village with with a less than scrupulous town council and the lengths some would go to in order to cover their greed. The characters were well drawn and the author made me feel I was right there living the story.
If you like historical novels you will love this book. I do not know if the author has written any other books, but I will definitely be searching. Don't forget to listen to the author's notes at the end. Very revealing!
Been reading the series this is the first one I've used the audio book it linked with the book brilliantly the only thing was sometimes spoken w o rd ..Show More »and reading words were different but other than that it was great
A good pacy story and I really enjoyed the author's words at the end. I am not sure if this is the fault of the translator but there were many instanc..Show More »es of contemporary speech patterns which did not fir the historical context. The independent and unconventional female and her lover were slightly unconvincing. However on the level of an adventure story it was entertaining enough.
I love this series of books. The narrator suits the book perfectly and the book is impossible to turn off or put down if on paper. A historical novel ..Show More »spliced with real historical places and the author being related to the central characters lends it so much more credo and makes it quite difficult to believe that the storyline in itself has a large fictitious element. Anyone into history and murder mystery should give it a read.