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The seventh chilling mystery in the bestselling Hangman’s Daughter series.

The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild - prestigious for dishonourable hangmen at least. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young women have begun turning up dead. At first the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kuisl notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering them. 

With no suspects, the superstitious townsfolk of Munich blame the hangmen’s guild, certain that they have called the devil upon the city. Joined by his daughter Magdalena, son-in-law Simon, the rest of his extended family and a slew of eccentric hangmen, Kuisl must solve the mystery of who is murdering the women. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.

©2017 Oliver Pötzsch. Translation © 2018 by Lisa Reinhardt. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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just brilliant

read them all 7 with a great pleasure. found out quite few interesting facts about these times.

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Amazing as ever

I love this author and series. A wonderful mix of history and fiction that keeps you thinking and on the edge of your your seat

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A rewarding story in classic style - BRIT WARNING

As with most other non-English books, this has been translated into American and is therefore read by an American in American English. As usual this is never clear in the blurb. So if as an English speaker, you are able to put up with "vest", "pants" etc all meaning something different and you can bear the 50+ occurrences of "'erbs", then you may well enjoy this book. It's packed with authentic and well researched historical interest and in classic style a series of seemingly unconnected plot strands come together for an exciting conclusion.

Notwithstanding the above, Grover Gardener - so good with Saul Bellow, is excellent.

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  • MDaniTC
  • 21-06-18

Best book in series

I love the adventures of the adventures of the Kuisl family. Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator and I feel like I am traveling Bavaria with them. Fans of this series will not be disappointed.

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  • E. Howland
  • 17-06-18

great seventh book in series

I have enjoyed all the books in the series, this was one of the best. not crucial to read all in order, but reading first book first kind of explains it.

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  • DobieChuck
  • 11-06-18

It’s a Family Thing

Great series, excellent installment, and and an engrossing read... The Kuisl’s are at it again, only this time in the big city;). The decadence and sophistication of Munich don’t stand a chance... Delightfully sneaky central mystery accompanied by diverse side adventures, awesome secondary characters, and some nicely done topical appeal... Enjoyable banter and outstanding narration brings it alive richness and style...

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  • L. Rampey
  • 21-02-20

Fantastic series.

I loved the entire series. Heroes, heroines, super bad guys, and satisfying endings. The reader is one of my all-time favorites. If you haven’t listened to his narration of the Dortmunder series, you’re missing out.

I hope there are more books coming.

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  • Yvette
  • 23-01-20

Easily 5 stars.

I've read all of the Hangman's Daughter series and they don't disappoint! Fantastic, must read and highly recommended!

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  • Desiree Hone
  • 27-07-19

Cant get enough!!

I cant believe this is the last book available.... I will never get enough of The Hangman's Daughter and I frankly refuse to. I laugh with this family, openly cry with them, and my heart races when trying to decode the mystery along side them.

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  • Jennifer Schievelbein
  • 16-12-21

Great series

This has been a great series, adventure, love, family and death. I highly recommend and will probably listen to it again at some time in the future

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  • tara souther
  • 29-11-21

Don't stop now!

I love this series, though I bought it on a whim. Don't leave us "hanging"! More, please!

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  • Sal Lopez
  • 22-06-21

What an ending!

What a great finale. I love happy endings for all concerned and this ended well. I enjoyed the entire series. In ready for his next novel. I'm a fan.

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  • Bookrusseller
  • 16-03-21

I Love Oliver Pötzsch's Writing

I love Oliver Pötzsch! His writing always evoke the warmest feelings. The historical background work that he does is top class! The narrator has been awesome, too, the whole way through the series.