5 Aug

2008 Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH as Die Henkerstochter/Translated from the German by Lee Chadeayne

soft cover: AmazonCrossing 2010
435 pages-Historical Thriller

This book waited patiently in my TBR stack for over a year. It somehow got lost in the shuffle of things, but I finally got around to reading it late last year. Since I just purchased the sequel, The Dark Monk, which will be here Tuesday, I thought I’d review this book.

This is a gripping story of Jakob Kuisl, a compassionate executioner, who in-fact actually existed. Oliver Potzsch is a direct descendant of the Kuisl dynasty of executioners, and through his words, takes us into seventeenth-century Bavaria. Potzsch has created a puzzle for the reader to solve, weaving historical real life medieval characters with a fictitious page turner of a tale.

A young boy is found murdered, and the midwife (believed to be a witch) has been accused of his death. But Jakob Kuisl is not so sure. Against time, and with the help of Simon, who soon becomes Watson to Kuisl’s Holmes, they set out to claim her innocence. Nothing is clear-cut, and red herrings abound as the two become embroiled in a more sinister back-story.

I was sorry to see this book end. I am, however, stymied at why Potzsch chose The Hangman’s Daughter as the title, when clearly she has no pivotal role in the telling. Perhaps she takes on a more prominent position in the sequel. Good book.



  1. Ilbi August 5, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

    I need to come live with you for a while to read all your books!!!!!!!! Ouch…is this a threat?!

  2. WORDMAN August 5, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

    My door is always open to you, chicken.

  3. The Lit Bitch August 6, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

    Good to see there are others around the blogging world that have the same tastes as I do :). Loved this book! I downloaded The Dark Monk to read soon….great series :).

  4. WORDMAN August 6, 2012 at 8:59 p08 #

    ‘Monk’ arrives on my stoop tomorrow. Hope it’s as good as it’s hype.


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