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Publisher's Summary

The mysterious sixth entry in the Hangman's Daughter series.

It is 1670 and Simon Fronwieser is in the town of Oberammergau to bring his seven-year-old son to boarding school. As he bids his boy a tearful farewell, news comes of a shocking murder: the man who was to play the part of Christ in the town's Passion play has been found dead, nailed to the set's cross. As there is no doctor in town, Simon is brought in to examine the body. The opportunities to spend more time with his son and to investigate the murder quickly convince him to stay.

Soon he is joined by his father-in-law, Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, and the two begin piecing together the puzzle of the actor's death. Was he murdered by a jealous rival? Are the recently arrived and unpopular immigrant workers somehow involved? Or is it a punishment from God for the villagers' arrogance in trying to schedule the play four years earlier than prescribed by ancient custom? Once again it looks like it is up to the Kuisls to unravel the mystery and bring a town's dark secrets to light.

©2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Lee Chadeayne.; 2016 Oliver Pötzsch

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Kuisl Clan Kick Serious Can

This series keeps getting better and better!! Jakob and the family are back, and they all have work to do... Nice historical context and vivid settings to go along w/ a couple three delicious mysteries... Love how the younger family members get brought into this one, and make it an entire family affair... Great pace, characters, and twists... Funny how much things change the more they stay the same;). Excellent performance, and the total product is something any fan of historical mystery fiction will enjoy...

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Maybe Being Greedy

This book, like all the others, is a first-rate mystery. The history of the area and the time creates a depth in the story. That is why I enjoy good historical novels. I have read every book with equal enjoyment. Now all I can say is six books are not enough! And,yes, I am being greedy!

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Enjoyed much like all previous Hangman novels

It was entertaining full of mystery and history of mountain village in Germany 1600's. The fears and prejudices then and now are the same. If only we could learn from history. The poor immigrants of this town who had lived there 4 years and decades we're treated poorly by the rich people. Sound familiar? I highly recommend reading this novel

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Another great entry

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the first book. This one is no exceptio. indeed, I think it may be the best of the series.

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  • Leslie
  • Smyrna, SC, United States
  • 07-21-17

full of twists and turns

Where does The Play of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very highly

What other book might you compare The Play of Death to and why?

This authors works for me really stand alone in terms of the historical fiction and twists and turns his stories. Over the course of his works the characters have developed wonderfully

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

overall his performance is very good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the end when Jakob discovers his humanity again

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Always love the Hangman!

The characters feel like old friends who have come to visit; older and wiser than the last time we have met. They live hard lives that are filled with love, strength and family. Just like our lives today, minus a couple of hundred years and technology!

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luved it

luved it like I do all his books great historical fiction and a page turner

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A good story, as usual...

...with a few surprising mysteries solved by the ending.
I really like these books as they give us a peek into a frightening & brutal past populated with interesting people, some of whom are devils in disguise!

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Everyone Dances for the Hangman!!

Where does The Play of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So many books are so good that its impossible to rank them numerically. This book however is in the top echelon, a five star read, a must listen for any true audiobook fan.

What other book might you compare The Play of Death to and why?

Play of Death is an historical fiction novel that ranks with all of the five star greats.

Any additional comments?

People who would like this book: Germanophiles, hikers, gnomes, dwarves, and everyone owning a cukoo clock. <br/>People who wouldn't like this book: anyone who doesn't want to dance for the hangman!

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Couldn't Get Audio On This Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not this one. Great story but no audio.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jacob as always

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Who knows?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not on Audio

Any additional comments?

None will return for Credit