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The Werewolf of Bamberg

(Die Henkerstochter #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,796 ratings  ·  405 reviews
The thrilling fifth entry in Oliver Pötzsch's best-selling Hangman's Daughter series.

In 1668, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena and her husband Simon are traveling to the town of Bamberg. But what was planned as a family vacation soon becomes a nightmare: there is a murderer in Bamberg leaving the severed limbs of victims in the trash outside the city. When rumor
Paperback, 592 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Mariner Books (first published August 8th 2014)
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In 1668 the whole Kuisl family (three generations) are going to attend the wedding of the patriarch’s brother in Bamberg. There’s a tension between the two brothers that has its root many years ago. Apart from that and the usual quarrels among family members everyone is looking forward to the event. Unfortunately there is a growing restlessness in Bamberg after body parts were found in the river and various people gone missing. The (still) good citizens of Bamberg suspect a werewolf on the loose ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
German Audiobook--several of Oliver Pötzsch's books have been translated into English. This one just came out in German, so you might have to wait a while to read it in English. This is book 5 of the Kuisl family. This time the family heads to Bamberg to attend the wedding of Jakob's brother, whom he hasn't seen for a long time, because of something that happened in their childhood. His fiancee, however, insists on inviting the family. When approaching Bamberg, they hear something in the woods a ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good thing about listening to MP3 CD's is that a nearly-600-page book fit on two discs, so I don't have to worry about having to change discs mid-commute. (I'm not an idiot, so I'm not going to do it while in motion, and have you ever noticed that when you need a red light for something like this they all magically turn green? Next time you're running late, drop something you kind of need out of reach, or smudge your glasses so that they need to be wiped. Voila: green lights through to your ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read all the Hangman's Daughter books in the series and I love them. I was really excited to have a new one to read. It pains me to see Jakob getting older. Magdalena is less of a spitfire than in the beginning, but she never shies away from danger. Simon is still a ninny. This one was exciting to the end, and with a good plot and lots of action.
I don't want to give anything away, but the book deals with witch trials and the belief there is a werewolf loose in Bamburg. It's such a different
Franca Pelaccia
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1668 and the hangman of Schongau Jakob Kuisel, his daughters Barbara and Magdalena, her husband Simon and their children are in the town of Bamberg for the wedding of his brother Bartholomaus. Also a hangman, Barthomaus will break social conventions when he marries Katharina Hauser, the daughter of a prominent city clerk and celebrate with a large party. But what was planned to be a festive occasion soon turns into a nightmare when severed limbs of citizens who have gone missing are found s ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read, probably the best since book two of the series. It kept my interest, had great intrigue and mystery and I LOVE these characters. The book was a bit longer than it needed to be, hence the four stars.

It may happen because of the translation, but I'm a bit bothered by the description of one character, who is described as fat, large, and/or big every single time she walked into a scene in the story. There is also a physically disfigured character whose "ugliness" is ment
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the Hangman's Daughter series! Each book is a marvelous adventure and the characters are extremely well drawn. So much so, that each book reminds me of what it is like to have a German father! Oh, that stubbornness... Only downside is that now I have to wait forever for the next one.
A must-read for mystery and history lovers alike!
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great plot with interesting characters. It is very scary and gruesome so might be a good read for Halloween. You have to be able to tolerate excessive use of the nasty s.... word as he over uses it like Stephen King. This is a series and I read this is the best one in the series on someone's review. He repeats a good bit about the witch trials from a previous book and I don't want to read that as the burning and torture of the witches upsets me too much. I hate countries that tortured "witches" ...more
Antonio Nunez
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the rather weak Poisoned Pilgrim, Potzsch is back in fine form in The Werewolf of Bamberg. All characters have relevant roles to play and the story is quite good. Won’t say anything about the plot to avoid spoilers, but this is one of the most enjoyable books in the series.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
I'm well invested in this series so I'm all in. This book didn't disappoint at all. I still love the characters and I love the old Bavarian historical setting. It's all very exciting, but it is starting to feel a little formulaic. It's a good series and I'm going to stick with it. You should really start with book one if you're interested.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, mystery
Loved it. Hope his next one comes out soon!
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I do not want to go into details, but this book felt more of a child's fairy tale than an adult thriller. For a moment at the beginning, it was so good since I was looking forward to witnessing the pure hatred between Jakob and Bartholomaus, and how Sebastian Harsee would turn the Werewolf killings to his favor. Suffice it to say, none of that happened.

The brothers forgave each other (I still have no idea how that was possible), and Harsee died before he could take advantage of anyone. It was al
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this series is that I get a thrilling story and I get to learn a whole lot about how real people lived in the Middle Ages. Not the kings and princesses, but the townsfolk with their various important jobs to the community. Yes,there is the basis of the family of executioners, but beyond that I get to discover the other tasks that go along with that—remover of dead carcasses, street cleaner, healer. The books are extra long (generally almost 600 pages) but are completely engagin ...more
Gloria Benaroch
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intense

This book actually had me shaking in my boots and I would only be able to read it during the day cause that night that would scare the living daylights out of me of course it was my mind that did that but nonetheless it was excellent writing
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought sequels were supposed to get worse as they went along! I absolutely loved the 5th book in this series. it's like a medieval sherlock Holmes!
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Meh. Entertaining but I checked out a lot.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is series that I really enjoy. This book was no exception (although it was a bit long). Make sure to read the author notes at the end to see how the story matches up with real historic events!
I'm still enjoying this series about a 17th century executioner in Germany, but the last couple of books have been very long. In this one Jakob travels to visit his brother, also a hangman, and has to solve a series of murders that locals are blaming on a werewolf.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potzsch is a good read but read them in order. This is set in medieval times and it happens to be a favorite time period for me. Great foreign author.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This one is expectionally unique because it has two perpetrators instead of the traditional formula of one, as this series usually betrays. The tale has a little sadness to it surrounding the reasons behind the first perpetrator's reasons for the crimes that he commits. And the other.... Well, I won't give away the whole thing. I also love the one-lined humor from the main Hangman, Jakob Kuisl it makes him that much more real and fun. I'm really looking forward to the new one coming out in May. ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany
Another classic mystery from Pötzsch! He has done a very good job in keeping the suspense throughout the novel. Making the reader constantly suspicious of each character. I really enjoyed this books culprit (actually all of his culprits have been good). Pötzsch really does a good job with reminding the reader that the world is not back and white. It never has been and never will be. Themes of revenge, love, family, betrayal, loss are all touched upon. The class position of the main characters an ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Have I mentioned that I'm in love with Jakob Kuisl??? That if I could transport in time I would go to 1600s Bavaria and spend a night in the hangman's cottage??? BECAUSE I WOULD!!!
Ok...maybe I wouldn't, I wouldn't take the risk of being a woman in 1600s Bavaria/anywhere, because as I keep learning in these books...being a woman is fucking dangerous.

Now to the book...
The Kuisl Family is on its way to Bamberg to celebrate the wedding of Jakob's brother. On the way arm is discovered...j
Charles  van Buren
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortunately I decided to read the series in order, August 11, 2017

This review is from: The Werewolf of Bamberg (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 5) (Kindle Edition)

This is the title which attracted me to the Hangman's Daughter series of historical mysteries and adventures. Fortunately I decided to read the series in order. If I had begun with this one it may have been a while before or even if I read the others. This one is just not the same quality plotting and writing as the first f
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The werewolf, or wolf man, has been my favorite monster since the 1970's Creature Features and Scooby Doo's fantastic werewolf episode. So even though I hadn't read any of the Hangman's Daughter books, this one "literally" jumped off the bookstore shelf and into my hands. Bavaria in the late 1600's is a great setting for a werewolf story because most of the people in the story believe in werewolves! The author does a great job of hide and seek with the clues and the reader cannot be sure if the ...more
This was a solid series overall. It seemed that the last two books weren't as strong. Perhaps it was just me and that I read them too close together. Maybe if I had spaced them out, I would have enjoyed the last two books better.

I think my problem with this book was that it took me a bit to get into it. Once the action started, it was non-stop to the very end.

I highly recommend this series.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, foreign
I was unsure of how I would feel about this book, since I thought the 4th installment wasn't as strong. And while I don't know that anything will top the first book, this one was excellent. I loved it. There is so much going on and so many characters. There is definitely not a lot of downtime in this one. I wish we didn't have to wait so long for these to be translated into English!
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th in the series that I have read-they are quirky historical murder mysteries, peopled with recurring characters all belonging to the Kuisl family (antecedents of the author). There are always more twists and turns than I expect and I learn something new about each of the characters every time—these books are long, meandering reads, but totally delightful as a reading experience.
Sue Anne
I never know how to rate these kinds of books that are not particularly well-written or clever, but are fun to read for other reasons.... how do you award stars - based on how much you enjoyed yourself reading it? or based on what you think the book rates on a more academic or objective scale?
Judith Teggelaar
This book started out like a house on fire but eventually got a little tedious. It does redeem itself at the end which I thought summed up everything satisfactorily. I expected the book to be scary, however, it was not.
Paula Spencer
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great series of books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series of books. They are well written and we'll translated. The descriptions of the characters and surroundings put you there as one of therm. Definitely worth 5 stars!
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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.

Other books in the series

Die Henkerstochter (8 books)
  • The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
  • The Dark Monk (The Hangman's Daughter, #2)
  • The Beggar King (The Hangman's Daughter, #3)
  • The Poisoned Pilgrim (The Hangman's Daughter, #4)
  • The Play of Death (The Hangman's Daughter, #6)
  • The Council of Twelve (The Hangman's Daughter #7)
  • Die Henkerstochter und der Fluch der Pest (Die Henkerstochter, #8)

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