The seventh chilling mystery in The 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—for dishonorable hangmen, at least—Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild. 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 Kusil notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering these women. 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 these girls. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.
About the Author
OLIVER PÖTZSCH was for years a radio personality for Bavarian radio and a screenwriter for Bavarian public television. He is a descendent of the Kuisls, the well-known line of Bavarian executioners who inspired his novels. In addition to the bestselling Hangman’s Daughter series, he is the author of the contemporary thriller, The Ludwig Conspiracy and the historical epic The Castle of Kings.
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The Council of Twelve (Hangman's Daughter Series #7) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Another tale about the Kuisls - a Bavarian executioner dynasty I was drawn to this novel as I was reading "The Faithful Executioner" by Joel Harrington. What I found interesting was that inspiration for this series of novels was drawn from the author's own family history - and that our main character - Jakob Kuisl (1612 - 1695) - was indeed an ancestor! So to the tale - the seventh in the series, and the first I had read. Jakob and family travel to Munich in 1672 to attend a council of hangmen - the "council of twelve". They are not a welcome addition to the local population being considered outcasts by most other segments of polite medieval society. A series of murders of young women - all by methods known and used by the profession - leads Jakob and his daughter Magdalena to investigate in the face of growing concerns among his brethren and the townsfolk. The story flows nicely, leading up to the unveiling of the killer and the side stories are closed off. I had no issues with picking up the threads of the six stories that had preceded this one. My only bug-bear, I though that it needed a little editing as in a new paragraph each time the scene changed - though I am sure this will be dealt with in the final editing stage. I look forward to reading the series from start to finish. ~~~ Melisende (Melisende's Library)
**I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** I have said it before, but this is such a unique series! This is book #7 in The Hangman's Daughter series. I read only the 1st book before I read this one. I still plan on tucking into the rest of them. But point being, you can still make it through if you haven't read them all. They keep you riveted. And this felt like a 2-for-1 deal. There were 2 mysteries happening here - the murdered girls being the biggest, of course! I think it's interesting the hangmen have their guild meeting in Munich, Germnay! People treat them with such distaste, and yet they are a professional group of men. Anyway, still a great story dealing with the reality that was the 1600s while trying to be a mystery novel. I love it!