Set in Bavaria in 1666, Pötzsch’s stellar fourth Hangman’s Daughter mystery (after The Beggar King) features three unlikely sleuths: hangman Jakob Kuisl; his daughter, Magdalena; and Magdalena’s husband, Simon Fronweiser, a … see full wiki
This is the fourth book in the "Hangman's Daughter" series, and it lives up to the quality of its predecessors. In this one, there is a pilgrimage to a monastery for the Feast of the Three Hosts, and the hangman's daughter and her husband go along with others from their town. It's supposed to be a peaceful religious experience, but unfortunately several deaths occur, and they appear to be murders. In addition, the Three Hosts disappear, and there is talk of witches, demons and devils. Of course, our heroine and her husband find themselves right in the middle of everything, as usual.
There are suspicious people all around, and no less than several of the monks appear to have something to hide. A scapegoat for the crimes is found, and he is to be tortured until he admits everything, even if he had nothing to do with anything.
The hangman himself gets involved, and there is mischief and mayhem aplenty around the holy buildings. It's a taut tale, with a lot of side incidents and storylines, but they all come together in a thrilling and nerve-wracking climax. It's a wonderful summer read, and I can highly recommend it.
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