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The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition)

The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Pötzsch , Lee Chadeayne
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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 17th-century hangman’s quest to save a witch—from himself." —Scott Turow
"A brilliantly-researched and exciting story of a formative era of history when witches were hunted and the inquisitors had little belief in their methods beyond their effect in pacifying superstitious townspeople . . . Pötzsch, actually descended from a line of hangmen, delivers a fantastically fast-paced read, rife with details on the social and power structures in the town as well as dichotomy between university medicine and the traditional remedies, which are skillfully communicated through character interactions, particularly that of Magdalena and Simon. The shocking motivations from unlikely players provide for a twist that will leave readers admiring this complex tale from a talented new voice." —Publishers Weekly
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, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
"In this subtle, meticulously crafted story, every word is a possible clue, and the characters are so engaging that it’s impossible not to get involved in trying to help them figure the riddle out."—
"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, author of A Discovery of Witches and the forthcoming Shadow of Night
"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, author of The Emerald Storm
Praise for The Beggar King
"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." —James Becker, author of The Moses Stone
"The Beggar King weaves 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 of The Eight and The Magic Circle


1666: The monastery at Andechs has long been a pilgrimage destination, but when the hangman’s daughter, Magdalena, her doctor husband Simon, and their two small children arrive there, they learn that the monks have far larger concerns than saying Mass and receiving alms. It seems that once again, the hangman’s family has fallen into a mysterious and dangerous adventure.

Two monks at the monastery experiment with cutting edge technology, including a method of deflecting the lighting that has previously set the monastery ablaze. When one of the monks disappears and his lab is destroyed, foul play is suspected. Who better to investigate than the famed hangman Jakob Kuisl? But as the hangman and his family attempt to solve the mystery of the missing monk, they must deal with both the eccentric denizens of the monastery and villagers who view the monks’ inventions as witchcraft that must be destroyed at all costs.

This thrilling fourth entry of The Hangman’s Daughter series features scheming monks, murderous robots, and the action and intrigue that never seem to cease when the Kuisls are on a case.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2057 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 511 Seiten
  • Verlag: AmazonCrossing (16. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00B7NY4SI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Seine blutige Familiengeschichte beschäftigt Oliver Pötzsch, Jahrgang 1970, bereits seit der Kindheit. Bei seinen Recherchen stieß er auf die Folterwerkzeuge seiner Ahnen und einen Meisterbrief, der seinem Vorfahren eine 'besondere Kunstfertigkeit beim Köpfen' bescheinigt. Er fand außerdem heraus, dass das Richtschwert der Familie in den 70ern des letzten Jahrhunderts aus einem Heimatmuseum gestohlen wurde und seitdem verschollen ist. Sein 2008 erschienener Roman "Die Henkerstochter" wurde für den Friedrich-Glauser-Preis nominiert. Der Autor arbeitet für den Bayrischen Rundfunk und lebt in München.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tolles 4. Buch aus der Reihe 11. März 2014
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Habe mir den Spass gemacht, die Reihe in Englisch zu lesen um fit zu bleiben. Den ersten Band habe ich zufällig bei einer Geschäftsreise in Amerika entdeckt.
Super spannend geschrieben, teilweise reist einen die Handlung sogar so mit, dass einem gar nicht mehr wohl in der eigenen Haut ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommendable 10. Dezember 2013
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Oliver pötzch is making stories that really makes you forget time. I can really recommend all his books. The german villages is described with great detail and you really dont wont to close the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen gute Fortsetzung der Serie 12. September 2013
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Wieder ein aufregendes Buch und ich hoffe das wir bald eine weitere Geschichte über Johanna und ihre Familie lesen können.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Poisoned Pilgrim 6. August 2013
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a good book uses the word "grumbled" too much for my liking, but the story is ok would recommend to othr readers
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Addition to the Hangman's Daughter Series! 23. Mai 2013
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Let me begin by saying that Oliver Potzsch has quickly become one of my very favorite authors. I waited with anticipation for this fourth installment in The Hangman's Daughter series, and as with all previous books in this series, I was not disappointed. I am thrilled to say that The Poisoned Pilgrim was everything I had hoped for from Mr. Potzsch.

This story takes place in the year 1666 at the monastery at Andechs. The monastery is a favorite pilgrimage site, and Jacob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, finds himself embroiled in a dark mystery involving an old friend who took refuge as a monk some years previous. This friend finds himself the suspect in a triple murder and he is suspected of being a warlock working with the dark arts. He knows that the only person who has a chance to save him is his old wartime friend, Jacob Kuisl. He puts all his faith and trust in the hangman, and as the story unfolds, it seems his faith is not misplaced. The sharp mind, keen senses and experience as a hangman all come to play to assist our reluctant hero in solving yet another puzzling mystery.

Joining him in the sleuthing are his intrepid daughter, Magdalena and her husband, Simon Fronweiser. Together they search for clues and risk their lives to assist Jacob's friend who, while performing scientific experiments has placed himself under suspicion, due to fear and superstition. I doubt these times were easy, even under the best of circumstances with illnesses decimating whole villages and the rigid beliefs and prejudices making anyone a little out of the ordinary fodder for gossip and as we see in this tale, even at risk for far worse. The justice system (if it can be so called) was guilty until proven innocent and for the most part, once you were considered guilty, it was virtually impossible to stop the momentum that would bring you to your doom. I can't imagine there were many who would have extended themselves to assist, for fear of being accused themselves. It was a dark time, which makes it the perfect setting for a mystery. I'm a historical fiction fan, not usually one to read mysteries, but these books make it easy for me to enjoy both period fiction and a great page turning crime novel.

Mr. Potzsch weaves a thrilling tale and leaves us following the breadcrumbs of clues to the final conclusion of this exciting edition in the Hangman's Daughter series
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-crafted, suspenseful, funny book 23. Mai 2013
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The Poisoned Pilgrim is the 4th novel by Oliver Poetzsch about the hangman of Shongau and his daughter, Magdalena. I have read the first in the series and now the 4th and was happy to find that it isn't necessary to have read the previous books to be able to follow the 4th. They stand alone perfectly well, though now I know of their existence, I will certainly go back and read books 2 and 3.
The books opens as Magdalena and her husband Simon are on a pilgrimage to give thanks that their 2 young sons survived a serious illness. Simon is a bathhouse surgeon, the meaning of which is not clear to me but he is also referred to as a medicus, which is a doctor. His wife Magdalena, being the daughter of a hangman, is considered an outcast. They arrive at the Andechs Monastery and find that a murder has taken place, followed quickly by more murders. When an ugly monk is accused of the murders and Magdalena learns that he is a friend of her father's, she sends a letter to her father, Jakob Kuisl, who hurries to Andechs to help his old friend clear his name. The hangman and his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons get into all sorts of difficulties while trying to figure out what's going on and are themselves the objects of suspicion a few times. To see how it all turns out, you'll have to read it yourself, which I suggest you do because it's a very good book :)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Good Tale from Oliver Potzsch 2. Juni 2013
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"The Poisoned Pilgrim" is the fourth in a series of mystery works by Oliver Potzsch.
As usual his characters stumble upon situations and mysteries and murder. But more than that Oliver honestly and tastefully ages his characters, making them just as human as his readers. What always amazes me is that some of the situations in his story could easily happen right here and now in our time. Proving I guess that there is nothing new under the sun. This book is just as good as the rest of the series and I cannot wait for his next book this fall.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen "The Poisoned Pilgrim" offers little thrills and a lot of sloppy writing 24. Juni 2013
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I've enjoyed Oliver Potzsch's Hangman's Daughter series, but the fourth installment, "The Poisoned Pilgrim," fails to hit the same high marks as its predecessors. Potzsch's fourth novel is a tedious, sloppy affair.

On the good side, the book opens with a sinister murder and and horrific thunderstorm. Magdalena, the titular hangman's daughter from the first book, is making a pilgrimage to the monastery at Andechs with her husband (the surgeon/dandy Simon) for a holy festival. Andechs is famed throughout Priest's Corner for its holy relics, but Magdalena and Simon have no idea how notorious the place will soon become as murder and witchcraft will soon run rampant. A trumped-up accusation of witchcraft soon as the Schongau hangman, Jakob Kuisl, tramping to Andechs to save a long-lost friend from torture and death.

All that sounds fine as a set-up, but this fourth installment has serious flaws in its writing and logic. I hate to spoil books, even mediocre ones, so I'll leave the logic flaws for you to discover. The writing, however . . .

I've never been a huge fan of Potzsch's dialogue. I don't know if he's to blame or translator Lee Chadeayne, but the dialogue remains wooden and literal. Potzsch isn't a particularly funny or witty writer, so he underlines his dialogue with "he joked," "she grinned," "he growled", etc. (incidentally, people growl in Potzsch's books *a lot*). Characters sound like characters in a book rather than real people - there are lots of lines that are the equivalent of "How could I have been so stupid?" when nobody in the real world ever uses that line in a moment of realization.

There are also lots of mistakes in the book that reveal a lack of attention to detail. My favorite is a minor character, a witch-like harridan living in the woods who is described quite blatantly as blind - but later in the book she says that she saw a key character enter a key structure. If she's blind, how did she see this happen (even to the point of describing the clothes he wore)? There are several other gaffes like this throughout the book.

Another problem - the title. The mystery at the root of the book has nothing to do with a poisoned pilgrim - the book's body count generally involves the monks at the monastery, and there is no poisoning of any pilgrim that serves as a key plot driver. To be sure, a pilgrim gets poisoned later in the book, but this occurs so far down the book's tracks that it makes for a completely inaccurate if enticing title. (This criticism applied to the first book as well - "The Hangman's Daughter" is more about the hangman than his daughter.)

I enjoy Potzsch's sense of place - his descriptions of Bavaria in the second half of the 17th century are fresh and vibrant, but that isn't enough to sustain this book. Here's hoping that he can return to form in his next effort.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen familiarity of characters 29. August 2013
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This is pretty much the same story told in the first two books. The author just changes the scenery around, adds or removes a few players and voila' it's done. The thing is I really like the characters, and I want them to grow and change. The relationships between them are pretty much copy and paste. I think Potzsch can do a lot better.
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