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1666: The monastery at Andrechs has long been a pilgrimage destination, but when the hangman's daughter, Magdalena; her doctor husband, Simon; and their two small children arrive there, they learn that the monks have far larger concerns than saying Mass and receiving alms. It seems that once again the hangman's family has fallen into a mysterious and dangerous adventure.

Two monks at the monastery experiment with cutting-edge technology, including a method of deflecting the lightning that has previously set the monastery ablaze. When one of the monks disappears and his lab is destroyed, foul play is suspected. Who better to investigate than the famed hangman Jakob Kuisl? But as the hangman and his family attempt to solve the mystery of the missing monk, they must deal with the eccentric denizens of the monastery and villagers who view the monks' inventions as witchcraft that must be destroyed at all costs.

This thrilling fourth entry in the Hangman's Daughter series features scheming monks, murderous robots, and the action and intrigue that never seem to cease when the Kuisls are on a case.

©2012 Oliver Pötzsch. English translation © 2013 by Lee Chadeayne (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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An awesome book well worth the read & credit.

I bought the first book on a fluke and loved every minute. Since then, I've listened to the whole series, and passionately awaiting the next issue.

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Where's book 5?

Magdalena and Simon decide to go on pilgrimage to Andrechs. Can they do it without encountering foul play and murder? Of course not. A plague seems to have descended on the monastery and one monk as died. Simon is drawn in when he discovers the poor monk suffered no accident. When a second monk is burnt to death and a third goes missing, it's time to bring in Jacob Kuisl to solve the mystery before the innocent alchemist is hanged and his own daughter killed.

Scheming monks, golems, and murder. What's not to love? I love this series. It's one of those you can pick up anywhere and enjoy, but when you've started at the beginning of the series, you love them that much more. Set in the 1600's, the language is decidedly modern. The law, day to day life, and medicinal remedies are truer to the times and the plotting is very well done. I love these.

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Great book

I love all the hangmans daughter books, still listening to them have to know how it ends

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Love the series

This is one of the best series I have found. The author does a great job of keeping a good story going. I also enjoy the voice of the narrator. I look forward to the other books in this series.

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Love this series!

I am entranced by the characters and stories. The narration is hands down one of the best I have ever listened to!! Can’t wait to start the next book in the series!

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excellent

Excellent book and series the characters are very relatable and the mystery keeps you guessing.

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Wonderful!

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was very interesting to see how other people used to live. Life can be cruel. Those who think they are better because they act pious are wrong. The character of your actions show who you really are.

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Struggled to finish

Though performance is good as always, the story itself was too long, too farfetched and some times too hard in describing torturing etc.

When the hairs on the back of someone's neck stood up at the _fifth_ time during the couple of hours, I decided never take Oliver Pötzsch's stories again. I must admit that I liked 1st and 2nd ones, but two good stories doesn't mean that author could do much more.

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Good read

i am loving the hangman's daughter series. the poisoned pilgrim had me constantly guessing . i was so surprised at the end.

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A Journey Backwards

I absolutely loved this book. I have always enjoyed historically accurate fiction. Not only is the setting straight from the past but some of the characters come from the skeletal foundation of the author's ancestors. I hope you just lose yourself in this piece of fiction sliced from history.

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  • MR C G ELKINGTON
  • 05-02-16

Brilliant work once more.

I love this series of books. The narrator suits the book perfectly and the book is impossible to turn off or put down if on paper. A historical novel spliced with real historical places and the author being related to the central characters lends it so much more credo and makes it quite difficult to believe that the storyline in itself has a large fictitious element. Anyone into history and murder mystery should give it a read.

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  • Amanda
  • 04-08-16

Excellent as always

Always a solid story with plenty of twists and turns. Good narration throughout. Love this series.

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