Book Recommendation: The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
I hadn’t read a mystery novel in a very long time. Though I grew up completely addicted to Agatha Christie—having devoured her entire opus one book after another—as an adult, I found most popular mysteries to be simplistic, boring or poorly written. Then I came across The Hangman's Daughter.Skip straight to the recipe inspired by this book.
In the first installment of his Hangman’s Daughter trilogy, German writer and filmmaker Oliver Pötzsch (translated by Lee Chadeayne) paints a medieval world full of magic, darkness, humor and history, blending colorful characters with gruesome details to create a delicious pre-Halloween tale.
Jakob Kuisl is a hangman in a provincial 1660s German village. The Kuisls are shunned by the townspeople due to his morbid job, but Kuisl is also secretly valued for his knowledge of medicine and herbs. When a town midwife is accused of witchcraft after a series of kidnappings and deaths, Kuisl is tasked with torturing her to elicit a confession. Rather than turn the thumbscrews on his friend the midwife—who is, of course, wrongly accused in a fit of mass hysteria—Kuisl is determined to find the true villain behind the crimes.
Though Kuisl is the most intriguing character, his daughter, Magdalena, who becomes his smart-as-a-whip, headstrong sidekick, injects a necessary youth and femininity to the narration. While reading The Hangman’s Daughter is certainly no great intellectual exercise, I found myself tearing through its pages hours at a time, lost in the dark medieval world Pötzsch created. For rabid fans of mysteries, or for anyone in search of a slightly sinister fall tale, Pötzsch delivers a delectable read.
And lucky for us, because it’s a trilogy, we can all go back for second and third helpings.
Source: I got this book from Amazon.