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The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
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Mar 07, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

This was definitely a page turner. I couldn't put the book down at times. The ending moved a little slow. This was the story about the executioner Jakob Kuisl and his mission to save the midwife Martha from a crime that she did not commit. Children were dying and on their backs were a witch’s symbol. They blamed the midwife for being a witch and had her arrested and tortured until she admitted that she committed the crime. Jakob knew that the midwife was innocent. Two children were murdered after she was arrested. The people say she summoned the devil for help because he was seen leaving one of the orphan’s house. He and Simon the local physician’s son set out to prove her innocence. The crime started out with just the ruining of the lepers house they were building and a group of orphans overheard the deal and they were dealt a death sentence. Three children dead, a burnt up warehouse, and a destroyed leper house had Jakob and Simon on the run trying to solve the mystery. Simon is in love with the executioner’s daughter Magdalena. However, this love can never be because being the executioner’s daughter is a lowly position and she must marry another executioner’s son. She chimes in and helps the other two solve this mystery and ends up getting kidnapped herself. This puts Jakob against the devil himself.
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Brian H. Spoiler tag please

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