The Hangman's Daughter hooked me and I listened, engaged, to the end. It has everything I like in historical mystery - compelling characters, fascinat..Show More »ing time period, fast-paced plot. The thing to know, though, is it also has torture. The author has not shied away from graphic depictions of the Hangman's trade and atrocities committed by mercenaries and soldiers of the time. For example, an infant is ripped from its mother and swung by its foot... I'll leave the rest out, suffice to say, it doesn't end well for the baby. But the book doesn't celebrate or in anyway glorify violence. It's just part of the world of 1658. So, it's up to each reader to decide. For myself, I'll be downloading the next book in the series.
I really liked The Hangman’s Daughter, so I was hoping the sequel, The Dark Monk, would be just as good. Well, I actually liked the sequel more than t..Show More »he original book (by just a bit). The author, Oliver Pötzsch, is very good at pacing the narrative so it moves along quickly and never lags or falters. Either Pötzsch has a talented editor or he is graced with a marvelous gift for narrative. Admittedly, there are perhaps just a few too many cliff-hangers, but then you are carried along with the flow of the narrative and don’t realize that until later assuming you think about what you’ve read (or heard). I’m not sure the books are meant to do anything but entertain, but they give you a glimpse of life in 17th century Germany (and by implication much of Europe as well). Jakob Kuisl is the Executioner of Schongau, and he is the lens through which you view the interesting if brutal life of the time. The Hangman’s Daughter series is unique; it’s history mystery at its very best. As for Audible’s narrator, Grover Gardner, I can think of no one today whose voice and narrative skills would be better. His elocution and pronunciation are just right, and the voice seems appropriate to his subject.
Werewolf of Bamberg is an excellent addition to the Hangman’s Daughter series. It's a captivating mystery full of drama, suspense, action, and great c..Show More »haracters. The author did an amazing job of researching the actual time period, and weaves enough historical places and people into the story making it very convincing and entertaining. While this a complex story with multiple POV's, it flows nicely and will keep you guessing.
Jakob, the Schongau hangman, and his family head to Bamberg for his brother’s wedding. They soon discover several citizens of Bamberg are going missing and some of their bodies turn up, and show signs of being tortured (or at least some body parts are turning up). Then there is talk about werewolf attacks, and soon the whole town is in a frenzy, and people are accusing others of being a werewolf.
While the mystery of who is conducting these werewolf attacks intensifies, there's plenty of family drama, especially with Jakob and his brother. They have not seen each other in years, and argue all the time. These two characters had me laughing. The family drama ties in nicely with the story, and there is never a dull moment
Jakob who is my favorite character is blunt, grumpy, tough, and drives his family crazy by keeping them in suspense when he comes up with a hunch or is devising a plan. His "particular skill" makes him a great detective, who else can pick up a severed arm, and determine the sex, age, the fact the person had Gout, was tortured, and what they did for a living.
The narrator was faultless and did an amazing job. Overall, this is great historical mystery with elements of truth. Anyone who is a fan of history, and loves a good mystery, will enjoy this story. Caution: if you have not listened to the other books in the series, I strongly suggesting starting with book one. All the stories are great, and the characters are developed over the series.