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Oliver Pötzsch , Lee Chadeayne
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8 Jan 2013
The third installment of the international bestselling Hangman’s Daughter series

1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: Her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he has administered himself for years.

Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jacob. With the help of an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they discover that behind the false accusation is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (8 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185996
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He himself is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners.

He lives in Munich with his family.

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About the Author

Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners. Pötzsch lives in Munich with his family.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AUDACIOUS ADVENTURES & A GREAT READ 5 Jan 2013
By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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1662. In Regensburg sister Lisbeth is gravely ill. At once Schongau's hangman Jakub Kuisl sets off to try cure her. It is a trap, he arrested on trumped up charges and destined for much suffering. Feisty daughter Magdalena, lover doctor's son Simon in tow, vows to save him. Whom to trust in this city so full of colourful characters and surprises? What hope for the three with villains so determined?

One senses throughout Oliver Potzsch is thoroughly enjoying himself, tongue firmly in cheek as cliffhangers abound and exploits grow ever more preposterous. Here are ghosts from the past, spies spying on spies, even a plot to change the course of history. Prominent is charismatic beggar Nathan the Wise, king of the catacombs, but exactly whose side is he on?

It is all great, if gory, fun - best enjoyed by readers who enter into the spirit of the thing. Especially relished is the sparring between formidable Magdalena and diminutive Simon - he once such a dandy, now increasingly a force to be reckoned with.

Almost everything is here in this third book of a stirring series - grandeur, squalor, superstition, unlikely alliances, dramatic (if not always plausible) escapes, so many around not quite what they seem.

As before, Potzsch follows up with a delightfully chatty tour round the places featured - Regensburg a city he loves and, he assures potential visitors, in a far better state than it was then.

A sequel already under way? That is good news indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Common Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This review contains no spoilers.

Oliver Potzsch, the author of The Beggar King, is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners and so has an interest in basing his series of historical novels on the hangman of Schongau, Jacob Kuisl and his daughter Magdalena. The book opens with a short prologue set in 1662 during the 30 years war which gives readers a glimpse of what rape and pillaging meant for a peaceful rural community. It is worth noting the names of those involved for they will feature 25 years later in the book we are about to read.

Jakob Kuisil leaves his home-town of Schonburg to travel to the regional centre of Regensburg where his sister is reportedly dying of cancer. Back in Schonburg, Jakob's daughter Magdalena has troubles of her own. Her boyfriend Simon is a partially-qualified medical doctor and between the two of them they have uncovered corruption in the home of a city dignitary who has poisoned one of his maids who he made pregnant. When Magdalena's home is attacked and burnt, the two lovers decide to follow Magdalena's father to Regensburg to try to make a new life for themselves, not knowing that they are going to get embroiled in a much bigger scandal behind the heavily guarded walls of the city.

Oliver Pptzsch is a very fine story-teller. The book moves along at a fast pace, swapping back and forth between Jakob and Magdalena's stories as they get more deeply involved in the crimes and conflicts of the city.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery by numbers 13 Jan 2013
By Petra Bryce VINE VOICE
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Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, is on his way to Regensburg to visit his gravely ill sister. As he tries to enter the city, he is detained by the guards and has to spend the night in a cell. In the morning, as he enters the bathhouse that his brother-in-law and sister keep, he finds their bodies with their throats slit and the guards ready to arrest him minutes after the grisly discovery; someone had obviously tipped them off. With everyone convinced of his guilt, he is thrown into the city dungeon where he is awaiting torture before inevitable execution. It falls to Kuisl's daughter Magdalena and her lover Simon, fleeing the Schongau inhabitants' narrow-mindedness, to prove his innocence. Little do they know that they are about to stumble on a clever revenge plot centring on Magdalena's father, one that might have dangerous consequences for the entire German Empire.

This is already the third instalment in The Hangman's Daughter series but the first I read. It feels impeccably researched and the long chapters build up the atmosphere of Regensburg in the middle of the 17th century very well, yet, by the same token, they also reveal the novel's notable lengths; the book definitely feels 100 pages too long. There is a lot of fleeing from one point of refuge to another through a warren of back streets and alleyways and one too many rescues from certain death at the very last moment in my opinion, stretching credibility. The characters are mostly well drawn, even if some are teetering precariously close to cliché: the fat brewmaster monk and the fop and ladies' man Italian, for example.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great, "Hangman's daughter tale".
These books are a real pleasure to read, exciting, scarey, funny and always enjoyable, I can really recommend them. Try!
Published 2 months ago by S. Fentiman
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ever before have I read a book the I was actually looking for spare time to get back to it I love it that much. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!
I picked up my first hangmans daughter book whilst trying to fill the gap left by finishing the C J Sansom series. I've loved them ever since! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandie
2.0 out of 5 stars Hnagman's daughter series
I read the first in the series, which was reasonable, but I found this one to contrived and gave up on it. Possibly it has lost something in translation.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. J. S. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars real good read
brilliant story well written at a good pace ,keeps you interested all the way through. Was hard to put Kindle down.
Published 4 months ago by D P Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you like murder, intrigue and history then this is the book for you. Set in the German states of the 1600s it follows the adventures of the Schongau hangman, his daughter and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Douglas Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beggar King
Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish, a real page turner keeping you guessing till the end.
Love the main characters
Published 5 months ago by MRS D SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 out of 3!
This is the 3rd book in the series - and I was under the impression that the last ... but having enjoyed it as much as the others I was delighted to discvover as I was finishing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars the begged king
The historical aspects, I would have given it 5stars but I found the recoveries after such severe injuries go behond belief. But very good indeed
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I enjoyed the description of places and people
The plot line was inventive, interesting and not always obvious
It didn't get 5 stars because it was a bit formulaic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by p.thomson
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