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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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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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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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  • JoAyn
  • Maplewood, MN, United States
  • 10-10-18

Another Great Hangmans daughter book!

I keep waiting for the author to run out of ideas and for the storyline to start going down hill but he keeps surprising me with excellent books. This is no exception with all the rich period description and great characters. It just seems to get better and better with every book. Who would have ever thought a hangman's story would make such a great read.

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Entertaining historical story .

The story takes place i n Munich in 1672. The story unfolds around serial murders, prostitution, and counterfeiting.

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Mystery Amped

I love this book. It was a great price but put off listening to it because I thought it might be lacking because it needed to be translated. It was one of the best mysteries ever. It had mysteries inside of mysteries and the family felt like my own family each doing their own thing to help each other. It was easily one of the best mysteries ever.

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I give the council of 12 a perfect 10

I have enjoyed all the adventures of the dishonorable hangmen, and this was no exception. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat. I always try to see how long it takes me to figure out who the villain is, and this time it wasn't obvious, but I did figure it out before our heroes. I nearly gagged when the kids headed into the sewers and I could almost taste the great Munich beer in the inn tap room. Grover Gardner's performance was excellent as always and I'm going to hunt down other books he's narrated because he's truly one of my favorites at voicing different characters. I can't wait for the next adventure!

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Best Hangman's Daughter Story in Some Time

I've always enjoyed the Hangman's Daughter series, but have felt that the last two books were a bit lackluster. This entry seems reinvigorated, perhaps due to the new translator. While the conclusion was easier to foresee than some of the other books in the series, the multiple plot lines and numerous characters kept me well entertained. As always, Grover Gardner did a fantastic job narrating.

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Oliver Potzsh is great

I have listened to or read every book about the Kuisl family and this is another in a line of great reads. They are entertaining, the characters are engaging, and the stories never fail to hook you into their intrigue. The backdrop of 12th century Germany and Austria are fascinating and enlightening. These are fantastic books well read and well composed.

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loved it!

loved it! goes more into details of their lives! can't wait for the next book!

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The book flaters near the end

I bought this because it's a long book, and I have hours to kill and the need for narrative And for the most part the book met my expectations: an interesting 17th-century world (I didn't read any of the earlier books, but jumped in on this one, and didn't feel that this was a problem), and a horrifying mystery and characters baffled but determined to solve it.
But then things started getting a bit silly, and the exposition a bit clunkier, until, with two hours left to go, the book veered into Hardy Boys Mystery territory, replete with a cave full of bad guys describing in detail all the nefarious aspects of their plot to each other as though for the benefit of the eavesdroppers, while at the same time the entire cast of characters has by some chance ended up in the same place, and so on and so on, as though the author stopped taking the story seriously, just wanted to end it, and assumed if anyone had read this far they would feel the same way and go along with it.
So it starts well, but appears to fizzle out entirely at the end. A major disappointment.

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  • Mr Nightingale
  • 09-08-18

Great Fun

I suspect that the UK audience is low on the publishers priorities, in audience figure terms. Expecting a "warning" of a US accent and US language is rather odd and Colonel Blimpish. The book is written by a very talented German author and I expect that the audio version is aimed at a large US audience.
I find the Afrikaans accent grating, I don't expect any warnings of it, though.
We Brits live on a little island, off the mainland and we have plenty of wonderful books to listen to, if we don't like other cultures.

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  • Stephen HJ
  • 06-30-18

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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  • 09-25-18

Fabulous

This is the most amazing seeies of books ever. I read and listened to all in record time and find it just thrilling.. Myself a child of Bavaria and Munich love all the historic tales and surroundings. Being part of the Kuisl family for 7 books was an amazing journey and might just start again drom the beginning. Thank you, Oliver for being so creative.