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Posted 18 February 2011 - 10:23 AM

The Hangman's Daughter is written by Oliver Potzsch. The story is translated from its original German. It's set in Bavaria in 1659, where a midwife is accused of murdering a child. The town executioner, who also doubles as the town torture expert, is tasked with extracting her confession as a witch. But the hangman is convinced she did not commit the crime. So who did it? This book is actually a fairly good "whodunit" with good plot and charcter development. You'll find yourself engrossed as you try to determine who is actually behind the murders.

Woven into the story are snippets of life during that period, how the town council works and makes decisions, how close medicine and witchcraft were related at the time, and how certain occupations (executioner, for one) were passed down from one generation to the next.

A very good read for $3.99 (Kindle version).

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