The Hangman's Daughter

The Hangman's Daughter

A Historical Novel

Book - 2010
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Set in the mid-1600s in the Bavarian town of Schongau, it features a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, who is asked to find out whether an ominous tattoo found on a dying boy means that witchcraft has come to town.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : AmazonCrossing, 2010
ISBN: 9781935597056
Characteristics: 435 p. : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Chadeayne, Lee


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Jun 17, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book and will certainly read more in this series. Overall, the book is a quick read and the plot moved along at a nice pace. Before reading this book, I knew nothing about Bavaria in 1659. The author does a nice job of describing village life at that time, all of which is based on facts. They mystery itself kept me intrigued until the end. It was simple enough to follow but not easy enough to figure out on my own.

Unlike other reviewers, I did not think the book was too grisly - you can find much more gore on popular television shows these days. I would agree that there are a few points where the translator repeats the same phrases but it was not enough to bother me much.

I'd give "The Hangman's Daughter" a solid 4/5.

Jan 10, 2018

I found the whole series to be extremely interesting and well written. It truly gives a first-hand picture of how life was like back then. I hope he keeps the series going for I will be there to devour them quickly.

Aug 30, 2017

This whole series was way, way too much for me. Maybe things were that horrible back then, but that does not mean I want to read about it! "Grisly" does not begin to describe it. I have to laugh when other reviewers describe this as "not for the faint of heart." I got about 30 pages into the first one and was so revolted I stopped reading. So, I tried dipping into some of the others. Same thing. I would not describe myself as "faint of heart." I would, and do, describe these novels as "Over The Top." Reader beware!

Sep 17, 2016

Enjoyed it a lot, reminded me of the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Aug 29, 2016

Excellent translation, the story flowed beautifully. Yes, grisly, but that is what life was like back then. This story made me appreciate how much better life is now and how we all have to work at maintaining our humanity towards each other. (yes, it is just a story, but one that made me think!)

Aug 24, 2014

Grisly but compelling and well-plotted.

Jan 27, 2014

This is a really interesting book. Amazon had sent it to me on one of their daily deals so I figured I'd give it a shot. It is set in 1659 Germany during the Witch Scare. It's about a hangman who is trying to solve a murder with the help of his daughter and a doctor who is inlove with the daughter. Doctors and Hangmen did not mix since they are from opposite sides of the medical field, herbs vs. medicine. It is really interesting the different views from which this story is told. I was addicted too the book and has alot of trouble putting it down, which made it very difficult to do homework and study for the upcoming exams. I sugguest it to anyone who enjoys fictional history and a good mystery. Happy Reading!

PS Not sure why it is called "The Hangman's Daughter".

May 16, 2013

I loved this book! The description makes it sound way more romantic, it reminded a little of the Wicked series actually ...

Apr 08, 2013

Surprisingly good. I had lower expectations based on other reviews that I had read, but I like a good mystery. I should know better than to judge a work based on another person's opinion. I really enjoyed reading this story and I was captivated by the characters, especially The Hangman. The novel is well-written and the historical backdrop is nicely laid out without being too much of a textbook lecture. Be warned. This book is not for the faint of heart. It does discuss in somewhat graphic detail the modes of torture ("interrogation") and execution that would make your toes curl. That said, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Nov 02, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were all relatable (as relatable as 17th century German villagers can be) and the plot kept me sucked in. It was an easy read and fun mystery that I'd recommend for anyone.

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