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Murder in Regensberg

  • Jan 7, 2013
This series of books, of which this is the third concerning Magdelena the hangman's daughter, are really very well written, and have a solid basis in the time both during and after the Thirty Years' War. In this latest installment, the hangman is summoned to the city of Regensberg to help his sister, who is ill. When he gets there he finds her murdered, and is immediately arrested for the death, and subsequently tortured to get a confession from him. Meanwhile, his daughter and her medicus boyfriend run away from home and head for Regensberg also, coming there in time to search and hopefully solve the murder, and therefore free the hangman.

There's a lot going on here, and quite a few characters, so that at times it's difficult to read through all of the clutter. Be persistent, however, and you will enjoy an extremely well written book with a shocking plot involving the potential destruction of the German Empire.
Just as the main characters have trouble deciding which of the people they meet are trustworthy, the author gives that same conundrum to the reader. The ending, when it comes, is satisfying, and hopefully there will be more books about these very interesting poeple and the time in which they live.

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"The Beggar King is a richly appointed historical novel, a compelling tapestry of violence, intrigue, and tenderness. Pötzsch drags you into his beautifully rendered and dangerous seventeenth-century Europe and doesn't let you escape until the final climactic page."
—Glenn Cooper, international bestselling author of Secret of the Seventh Son

"Twists and turns enmesh both the characters and the reader in this absorbing tale that captures, with an authenticity that is truly rare, the sounds and sights and smells of seventeenth-century Germany. A gripping story of love, betrayal, and long-delayed revenge."
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"The Beggar Kingweaves a fascinating web of intrigue that invokes much more than just the intricate politics of 17th-century Germany. Oliver Pötzsch has brought to life the heady smells and tastes, the true reality of an era we've never seen quite like this before. The hangman Jakob and his feisty daughter Magdalena are characters we will want to root for in many books to come."—Katherine Neville, bestselling author ofThe EightandThe Magic Circle


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