The Dark Monk (Hangman's Daughter, #2)
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The Dark Monk (The Hangman's Daughter #2)

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1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.

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ebook, 528 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Immobilized with terror, Magdalena felt Brother Jakobus throw his whole weight against her and smelled the fire that had turned his robe into gigantic torch. Desperately, she tried to push away his burning body, but his hands held her in a tight grip down on the ground. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see how long strings of a sticky, viscous substance were dripping down on her. Brother Jakobus must have taken pitch from the buckets in the corridor and rubbed it all over his body. The c...more
I really wanted to like this series. It has so much going for it. A Bavarian town in the 17th century in the aftermath of The Thirty Years War, a not-so-usual backdrop for historical fiction (mostly we get Tudor England served up this way over and over again). A central character who is the town's hangman, the latest in a dynasty of executioners, his father and grandfather having had the job before him. As the town's hangman, he is treated like a pariah, part of an untouchable caste that include...more
3 Stars

This is a really tough book for me to review. I really may have hyped up my feelings about the first book The Hangman's Daughter, as I really believed that it was a dark and dirty period piece with an awesome hero...The Hangman. It is really freaking cool that Oliver Potzsch has taken interest and explored so much about his families history. These books are fantastic pieces of historical fiction mysteries.

As I started to read The Dark Monk, I was confused and unclear with the audience tha...more
I would have rated this at a 4 if the author hadn't used so many modern terms in a medieval novel. Although set in 17th century what would become Germany, the book contains many modernisms. Each time I read one, I cringed. "There's nothing between me and Benedikta Koppmeyer." ".... she's off-limits." "You forget that Scheller has his big day tomorrow."

This is the second book in a series by a German author who has actually traced his ancestory back to a Jakob Kuisl, a hangman in the 17th century....more
I was very happy to spend more time with the complex Hangman of Schongau. I really love the Bavaria of the 17th Century the author re-creates . And, as with the first book in the series, I loved the "Author's Note" as much as the book. He is so tuned into his ancestry and the connection he feels to them through the stories his grandmother tells and those that he reads.
Duffy Pratt
I didn't like this book anywhere near as much as I liked The Hangman's Daughter. The setting is the same: Bavaria several years after the thirty years war. The hangman, his daughter, and the town medicus again play the prominent roles. And I like all three of these characters. But I don't think they developed much in this book. Nor did the book play to the strength of the first book by showing interesting aspects of life in a small German town in the 17th century.

Rather, the book decided to focu...more
A man digs into his genealogy and finds he's decended from a long line of hangmen - and proceeds to write mysteries based on it. As he says - "..sometimes reality is stranger than fiction...The history of my family was ..there long before I came along. I just embelleshed it a bit and put it down on paper."

I quite enjoyed it - when I read I tend to imagine myself in the story. In this case it didn't take much imagination - real people lived this story in one way or another (sans embellishments ;)...more
Matt Schiariti
The Dark Monk was every bit as good as the Hangman's daughter.

This one hits the ground running right out of the gate when a local priest is found murdered. Simon is summoned to the scene in order to help the portly old man but by the time he gets there too late but the priest left a clue. Simon thinks there's a bigger mystery than the murder of the priest and ends up enlisting the help of Jakob the hangman. What follows is a whirlwind mystery rich in ancient societies, historical detail, misplac...more
First read The Hangman's Daughter by the same author. That is the first in the series and this one is the second. The author is a descendant of the legendary hangman, Jakob Kuisl and his books are translated into English. It's the 1600's in Bavaria. The three main characters appear in both novels. Jakob Kuisl is the hangman and his other duties in the town of Schongau is to torture the accused/guilty, remove dead animals, and do whatever the city council bids him to do. But he is a hangman with...more
Second in this series, historical murder mystery suspense fiction set in 1660 Bavaria--in the winter.

I actually liked the first book more: given the dense detailing done there to establish context and setting, I found it both fun and informative. In this sequel, I fear that the great success of the first volume influenced decisions to dash off another more rapidly, and so the care and precision I saw in the first volume, with regard to establishing character and mood, is not as prevalent here. S...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
I have had difficulty getting to my reviews. I will provide a more in depth review if I can remember to get back to it.

The Dark Monk is the second book in the Hangman's Daughter series. They are historical mysteries with thriller aspects. It would be a mistake to call them "cozy" but they do not qualify as a "dark". They provide a pleasing and entertaining read somewhere in between.

The second installment is, in my opinion, even better than the first. The charactes are entertaining and vibrant....more
I really enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter, and I was glad to find that I enjoyed The Dark Monk just as much. I enjoyed the historical part as well as the mystery part.

I really enjoyed getting to see my favorite characters again from the first book. While sometimes I just wanted to smack Simon, I still enjoyed Magdalena and her father Jakob. However, as in the previous novel, there were still some secondary characters that I would have enjoyed finding out more about. One in particular would be the...more
The Dark Monk is a wonderful follow up to Hangman's Daughter. Oliver Potzsch again takes you on an Adventure with the Jacob Kuisl (the hangman) and Simon (the town physcian's son). The characters are well described . I love Jacob's daughter Magdalena who is a spitfire of a woman. As the Hangman's daughter she has to face some unkind words and prejudices in her life and she does so with spunk and spirit. Magdalena is in love with Simon, but not allowed to marry him because she is the hangman's da...more
I received this book along with the first in the series for free as part of the BzzAgent program. I thought it sounded like the kind of book I'd enjoy, but it simply wasn't as good as I'd hoped. I enjoyed the period details of daily life, medicine, and even the hangman's duties. However,the mystery felt like a slowed-down Dan Brown knockoff, and as in the first book, none of the characters is particularly likable, interesting, or compelling. I found myself skimming through fight scenes which sou...more
I really love this series. The premise of this book reminded me a bit of the Da Vinci Code, except the main characters are a million times better. Set in Bavaria during 1660, the unlikely sleuthing trio is comprised of a "dishonorable" hangman, his strong-willed daughter, and a medical school drop-out, who at 5' tall is still considered the local ladies man. Each character is completely flawed, which makes you love them even more. I can't wait until the 3rd book is translated into English. Note-...more
Cindy Crawford
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Joyce Lagow
Second in the series of The Hangman's Daughter.

A crushing responsibility Dan Brown must bear for The Da Vinci Code is the number (and usually poor quality) of the subsequent knockoffs. And yes, folks, here we have another one--yes, the hidden treasure of the Templars shrouded in code that take our protagonists Jakob, Magdalena, and he more-or-less lover Simon, a physician, on a journey around the villages, monasteries and towns of the Priest's Corner of Bavaria, trying to locate the treasure. An...more
Lauren Grimley
Flashplot: In this historical fiction suspense novel, a sequel to The Hangman’s Daughter, our three main characters, the town executioner Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, and the young physician Simon Fronwiesser, return to solve yet another mystery in the small 17th century German town of Schongau. Starting with the suspicious death of a local priest and leading to a full-blown conspiracy involving religious riddles, relics, and a search for the Templar’s treasure, this plot truly could be...more
For some reason I just loved this book! It was fresh and original for me. Now I don't think the writing is all that amazingly lyrical or anything....I really think it was the setting that I liked. Some of the main characters are the Hangman, the Hangman's Daughter, the Medicus, and a great many priests. The mystery is set in 1600s Bavaria. Maybe part of the attraction for me is also that I have a couple of lines of my family who are from Bavaria too. See, the author, Oliver Potzsch, has done som...more
Monica Davis
A bit of a quandary on how to rate this one. It is the second in the series, and I loved it! I already gave 5 stars to the first book The Hangman's Daughter, but this one is even better. So, I'll indicate the max 5 star rating and state here that it was a solid 5+ by comparison.

The author is masterful at creating a balanced mix of suspense with an edge of darkness, mixed with adventure. Developing rich interwoven subplots, and leaving the reader momentarily "hanging" (pardon the pun) at just the...more
Douglas Audirsch
When I discovered that Herr Potzsch had written 2 sequels to The Hangman's Daughter, I immediately purchased the first of these sequels, The Dark Monk. I read it over the weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. Using the same central characters and geographic setting as the first book, this story focuses on the historical mystery of secret Templar treasure in the Priest's Corner of Bavaria. The story has a good pace with enough historic detail to maintain interest without becoming overly focused on t...more
Laura Sestak
Not as good as the first one but still good. This one seemed a little more religious to me, which is fine, but not really my cup of tea. I have a habit of always liking the first book in every series the most though so that also plays against all forthcoming novels in any series. Magdelena is still a strong female character but her jealous rampages about the medicus and her "female" type daydreams annoy me a little. Simon annoyed me greatly in this book for more reasons than i care to mention bu...more
Even though it was the wee hours of the morning, I had to start this one as soon as I finished the first book. Admittedly, the girl in me wanted to see a little more of Magdalena and Simon. I think there relationship is sweet. Since the author is not writing a teenage lust-fest (aka the "Twilight" brand that seems to be running rampant in literature right now) the romance takes a far back seat to the real story - the mystery. You get glimpses of it and I think that makes the story seem more real...more
I'd give this one 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this, especially as a reading tour through medieval Bavaria, and Bavarian churches in particular. However, the time setting precluded some of my favorite ones in the area. As in the first book, the town hangman is a rather complex fellow. Not only is he responsible to administer the punishments the town leaders see fit to mete out, but he is also the healer that the townsfolk secretly seek out instead of the doctor, at least those townsfolk that want to get...more
I still don't understand why it's a hangman s daughter series. the daughter is in it, but not a key player. I was able to finish the book, so it had enough plot to retain my interest. I thought there were many unanswered and unfinished parts of the story,. and in hindsight were probably only put in to help Magdalena get to Augsberg. I don't lime the character Magdalena, the hangmans daughter, she is stupid and reckless, yet we r suppose too believe she is fearless. she is irresponsible and does...more
I've now read the three "Hangman's Daughter" books (that reminds me--I need to see if he's written any more yet) and this one was my favorite. I'd be interested to read them in German, though it seems like the translation must be pretty good. There are some phrases that I can tell have been translated from German because there's really not an English equivalent. I found myself trying to figure out how certain parts would have been written in German.

I love the characters in this series. Poetzsch...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Aug 30, 2013 Anne Hawn Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, mystery lovers
I enjoyed this book, but not quite as well as The Hangman's Daughter. The plot was a little convoluted. A priest is murdered and it appears that he has unearthed clues to a fantastic Templar fortune. Jakob Kuisel explores the crypt in which the priest was killed and someone drugs him. That begins the tale of 4 separate groups who are trying to follow the clues and find the treasure.

Simon teams up with the sister of the priest which evokes Magdelena's ire. She goes to Ausburg to get some herbs an...more
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This is the second book in The Hangman’s Daughter series. I read the first book and liked it enough to pick up the second book, unfortunately I don’t think I will be picking up the third.

It’s Bavaria 1660. A local priest has been found dead. When it is determined that he has been poisoned Jakob Kuisel, the town hangman, his daughter Magdalena, Simon the town doctor and the priest’s sister set out to discover who killed him. In the course of their investigation the clues begin to point to the Kni...more
Ray Campbell
Another terrific adventure featuring the super sleuthing, super human strength and beautiful daughter of the hangman of Schongau, Jakob Kuisl. Once again, Simon, Magdalena and Jakob come across a mystery. This time the story begins with the discovery of a secret crypt during the renovation of a church in town. The mix of Templar lore, creepy monks and highway men make for lots of atmospheric and engaging episodes.

Apparently, the historical fiction part of the show is legit. While these three cha...more
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Oliver Pötzsch is a German writer and filmmaker. After high school he attended the German School of Journalism in Munich from 1992 to 1997. He then worked for Radio Bavaria. In addition to his professional activities in radio and television, Pötzsch researched his family history. He is a descendant of the Kuisle, from the 16th to the 19th Century a famous dynasty of executioners in Schongau.
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