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The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

 
 
Author
Oliver Pötzsch. Lee Chadeayne, trans.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9780544114609
Pages/Publication Date 496/2012
Daedalus Item Code 44082
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In this fourth tale of hangman Jakob Kuisl and his daughter Magdalena, some years have passed since the events of The Beggar King, The Dark Monk, and The Hangman's Daughter; it is 1666, and Magdalena and Simon Fronweiser have started a family of their own in their Bavarian town. When they take a pilgrimage to the monastery at Andechs, however, they find that the monks there have far larger concerns than saying Mass and receiving alms. Hoping to deflect lightning strikes, two monks have dabbled in alchemical sciences—and when one disappears and his lab is destroyed, Magdalena sends for her father to help solve the mystery, before the anxious villagers burn down the monastery.

"[In Oliver] Pötzsch's stellar fourth Hangman's Daughter mystery.... Magdalena and Simon, the parents of two boys, leave the children with Magdalena's parents in order to undertake a pilgrimage to the monastery at Andechs—a trip that turns out to be anything but spiritual. When Coelestin—a novitiate who stumbled onto a horrific heresy—drowns, his death is deemed accidental, until Simon notices marks of violence on the corpse. More deaths follow, and the arrest of Brother Johannes, an old friend of Kuisl, prompts the executioner to leave his ailing wife to come to Johannes's aid. The author maintains tension throughout as the trio seeks to unravel the intricate scheme behind the killings, which are connected to a lifelike human automaton."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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