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The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Pötzsch , Lee Chadeayne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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Advance Praise for The Dark Monk

"Swift and sure, compelling as any conspiracy theory, persuasive as any spasm of paranoia, The Dark Monk grips you at the base of your skull and doesn't let go." —Gregory Maguire

"Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a darkly atmospheric visit to seventeenth-century Bavaria in his latest adventure. With enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy those who like gritty historical fiction, The Dark Monk has convincing characters, rip-roaring action, and finely drawn settings." —Deborah Harkness

"Weaving together the mystery of a murdered priest, a Templar treasure, and a kind-hearted hangman, Oliver Pötzsch's The Dark Monk is a labyrinth of clues and rich characters in seventeenth-century Bavaria. Pötzsch keeps the action boiling, the clues intriguing, and the history fascinating and authentic." —William Dietrich

Praise for The Hangman’s Daughter

"I loved every page, character and plot twist of The Hangman’s Daughter, an inventive historical novel about a seventeenth-century hangman’s quest to save a witch—from himself." —Scott Turow

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Advance Praise for The Dark Monk

"Swift and sure, compelling as any conspiracy theory, persuasive as any spasm of paranoia, The Dark Monk grips you at the base of your skull and doesn't let go." —Gregory Maguire

"Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a darkly atmospheric visit to seventeenth-century Bavaria in his latest adventure. With enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy those who like gritty historical fiction, The Dark Monk has convincing characters, rip-roaring action, and finely drawn settings." —Deborah Harkness

"Weaving together the mystery of a murdered priest, a Templar treasure, and a kind-hearted hangman, Oliver Pötzsch's The Dark Monk is a labyrinth of clues and rich characters in seventeenth-century Bavaria. Pötzsch keeps the action boiling, the clues intriguing, and the history fascinating and authentic." —William Dietrich

Praise for The Hangman’s Daughter

"I loved every page, character and plot twist of The Hangman’s Daughter, an inventive historical novel about a seventeenth-century hangman’s quest to save a witch—from himself." —Scott Turow


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611090830
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (12 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PVLIL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Thriller 16 Jun 2012
By M. King
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well this has got it all...17th Century Bavaria, a treasure hunt, a murder mystery and a fair few action set pieces.

The triumvirate of the hangman, the local doctor and the hangmans daughter make a great little team and this was an entertaining and well written book from the offset.

The bad guts are out and out loons but there are lots of grey people in the middle of this story who are sympathetically written.

Engrossing from start to finish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a tale 28 Jun 2012
By Tony G
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It took me a little while to get into this story but the more I read, the better I liked it. It has a wonderfully authentic feel to it and the author obviously knows, and loves, both the places and the period. The lives and times of the characters are wonderfully vivid. The story itself is a hunt for treasure, in the style of The Da Vinci Code, but set in medieval Europe. There are a couple of neat plot twists along the way as well, as Jakob Kuisl, his daughter and their young Doctor friend tackle murderes and bandits, as well as trying to track down the Templar treasure. My only slight reservation is that one or two of the villains came across as a bit stereotyped and one or two minor characters appeared and disappeared rather too quickly, but that is probably me being too picky. On the whole, it was very well constructed and kept me guessing to the end.

This is a thoroughly entertaining story, set against a truly authentic historical background. Don't be put off by the original being written in German; the translation is very good indeed and comes across as very natural.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good read 22 Nov 2012
By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Our heroes search for Templar treasure in 17th century Bavaria, trying to keep one step ahead of some very dark monks indeed. Semi-comic, occasionally tragic, this is a terrific story and very well told.

All the characters - and they're a delightfully mixed bunch - are well drawn and real. The translation is excellent, completely natural and good modern English. Refreshingly for an historical novel, there is no attempt at ye olde Englishe-speake, no annoying `Tolkienese'.

The Dark Monk is a sequel, but there are very few references to the earlier novel and it can easily be read as a stand alone, it was never a problem for me that I hadn't read the first book, The Hangman's Daughter, though I certainly will now.

In short, this is a brilliant tale very well told. The most enjoyable book I've read this year and very highly recommended indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Monk 28 July 2012
By Ken R
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This was certainly an exciting read, with stacks of action stretching imagination to its extremes. One felt sorry for the stigma carried by the hangman's daughter, who was feeling pretty well jilted out of her loved one's attentions most of the story, but she proved extremely resourceful when the testing times arose. All in all I felt that there were too many chance happenings although the twists and turns certainly kept a reader in suspense right through to the end. I considered The Dark Monk to be a worth while effort.

Ken R
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful tale 3 July 2012
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I loved this book! I brought the first book in this series as it was on sale in Jan for the Kindle. I really enjoyed that story so as soon as the second book came out I brought it. This is just as good as the first and had me fully captivated throughout. I really enjoyed the mystery and the love aspect too. The plot twists are good and make the story flow well. The characters are well written and it is clear that the author knows and loves the area. I can highly recommend this book and I am very much looking forward to the third book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues..... 25 April 2013
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This is the second of four books about the hangmans daughter. Very easy reading no complicated plots as the writer does not try to complicate the story by to many twists. I took the first two books (e-books) on holiday on the fourth day had to download book 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Knights Templar Treasure Hunt 24 Mar 2013
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The Hangman's Daughter series is part of the Amazon Crossing programme which aims to identify worthy foreign language literature for translation into English. I have read a number from this programme and frankly they have been variable. However, both the Hangman's Daughter, which was the first in this series, and the Dark Monk I would classify as excellent. There is an added interest, as the author explains in both books in a postscript, in that the executioner and torturer, Jakob Kuisl, was his real life ancestor although the actual events portrayed are fictional.

The profession of executioner was a family profession being passed from generation to generation. They were usually shunned by the populace in general and as a result generally intermarried. The Kuisls were one of the best known such dynasties in Bavaria. This story is to a large extent a classic treasure hunt for the treasure of the Knights Templar, complete with arcane clues and other sinister, interested parties who are hot on the trail too.

Unlike the first in this series, which had Jakob Kuisl in the central role and was not so much about the Hangman's Daughter, Magdalena, this time both Magda and her boyfriend, Simon, son of the local medical practitioner take the central role. However, it is still Jakob who is the intriguing character. Due to his profession he is quite an unlikely hero, but he carries out his duties with apparent reluctance, and as is his habit, has to go on a heavy drinking session before breaking a bandit on the wheel. He is also a gifted healer and is generally compassionate towards those he has to deal with in his official capacity. He makes a thoughtful and intelligent hero.
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Published 7 days ago by Eileen Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars page turner.
The characters are brought to life and the plots twist and turn. I can't wait to read the last book In the trilogy
Published 14 days ago by pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars What a series!!!
I was looking for something different to read, boy have I found it. I find myself engrossed in all expects of the authors writings. The world as such a different place to today.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical page turner
I enjoyed the first book in the series (The Hangman's Daughter) and jumped at the chance to the sequel when it cropped up on a Kindle Daily Deal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ChopperHarris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Loved this book second one of the authors I have read. Recommend this to those who like murder mystery on a medieval scale.
Published 3 months ago by A Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Monk :A Hangmans Daughter
A great story it as got lot's of twist and turns which keep you guessing until the end of the book
Published 4 months ago by joan dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I love these books they are very well written and keep me engrossed from the beginning until the end. One more to go
Published 5 months ago by L. JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read
From start to finish this book held me in suspense. It isn't every book where you get interested in the secondary characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr G.I.Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A good read with lots of twists and turns.Look forward to reading more by this author in the future,good holiday reading.
Published 6 months ago by richard goodhind
3.0 out of 5 stars The dark monk
A good read when on a train. A bit more disjointed than the first novel but good nevertheless. Would recommend
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