Baviera, 1666. A vent'anni dalla fine della guerra dei Trent'anni, il flusso di pellegrini verso il celebre monastero bavarese di Andechs è il più intenso a memoria d'uomo. Sulla strada ci sono anche Simon, medico di Schongau, e sua moglie Magdalena, la figlia del boia Jakob Kuisl. Quattro mesi prima un fulmine ha colpito il campanile della chiesa del monastero, eppure a Magdalena sembra di scorgere, proprio lassù, una minuscola luce che segnala la presenza di qualcuno. Desiderosa di indagare, la figlia del boia non esita a raggiungere la vetta del campanile, quando una figura vestita di nero sfreccia verso di lei, aggredendola e facendola quasi precipitare nel vuoto. Nel frattempo, Simon si trova ad avere a che fare con la morte improvvisa dell'assistente di frate Johannes, il farmacista del villaggio, un uomo con la faccia del diavolo e la tonaca di un monaco. Quando viene ritrovato il cadavere di un altro novizio e il frate orologiaio, Virgilius, noto tra i confratelli per i suoi esperimenti al limite della moralità, scompare misteriosamente, i sospetti cadono proprio sul frate farmacista, che è subito imprigionato e consegnato al tribunale regionale. Magdalena riesce a parlare con l'accusato e scopre così che si tratta di un carissimo amico di gioventù del padre. L'intervento del boia di Schongau si rende perciò necessario.
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In this 4th book in 'The Hangman's Daughter' series, the hangman's family gets involved with strange events that are blamed on magic and sorcery. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Mystery is afoot in a monastery in Bavaria in 1666, a popular pilgrimage destination. Monks are experimenting wi Leggi tutto
OK, this is the fourth in the series and it has some issues. The story is still fun as the Hangman and his family solve another mystery. The problem is that this is a translation not only from German to English, but also from 17th century to 21st century. The translator in this case uses common turn Leggi tutto
I read the first 3 in the series a few years ago and enjoyed the first 2 more than the third, which failed to hold my interest so I set aside the series. Then recently the rest of the series was on kindle discount, only 99p each so I bought them up. I’ve really struggled with this book, finding it b Leggi tutto
While I still quite like the characters, the plot, and the overall ambience of the story set in 17th century Bavaria I have to say that the language and prose are on a constant decline for me. It’s almost as if the author hasn’t put too much effort into polishing up his book. The prose was so much b Leggi tutto
“The Poisoned Pilgrim” is the fourth in a series of books by Oliver Potzsch based on his family history research. During the middle ages, his ancestors were hangmen, a trade that was considered dishonorable by the citizens of Bavaria at the time. The novels revolve around Jakob Kuisl, hangman of the Leggi tutto
I LOVED the first three books in this series. This one just fell a little flat for me. Simon was more annoying than possible, and most of the "surprising" plot twists at the end had been easily figured out much earlier. Magdalena and Jakob are still fantastic, but even they seemed to have weaker per Leggi tutto
It feels like the author either thinks his audience is stupid, or his editor told him it was too short and his solution was to add in repetition as filler. Dialogue often feels like conversations with parrots as the character continually repeat each other with slightly different wording. Plot "twist Leggi tutto
Just a quick review here - a good book in the series and I love the books (historical fiction mystery) but my main issue with this is the plot was repetitive if I think it was the last book. Someone in trouble, gotta save him before he's tortured to death by another hangman.... eh... it was a bit pr Leggi tutto
2.5 stars I'm going to divide this into pros and cons. Pros: -I'm still enjoying the 17th century setting and all the details of the society. -A general theme of both this book and the series seems to be the dangers of faith and superstition taken to extremes. It's definitely thought provoking to imag Leggi tutto
I absolutely LOVED the first three books in this series - and I waited and waited for this one to be released! I bought it but was in the middle of reading another series and so I just finished it. Magdalena and Simon are married now and have two children, Peter and Paul. While on a pilgrimage to a
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