The Hangman's Daughter (Hangman's Daughter Tales) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale)

The Hangman's Daughter (Hangman's Daughter Tales) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale) by Oliver Ptzsch 054774501X 9780547745015
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Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, New York Times bestselling author Oliver Ptzschs The Hangmans Daughter is the rollicking start to an exciting series of historical mysteries, bringing to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers imaginations long after theyve put down the novel.Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangmans son -- except that the town physicians son is hopelessly in love with her. And her fathers wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years War has finally ended, and there hasnt been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin. Jakob is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, Jakob, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor race against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil -- a man with a hand made only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctors son face a terrifying and very real enemy.      

Author: Oliver Ptzsch

Language: English

Edition: Rep Rei

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 448

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2011-08-02


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