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The Council of Twelve

(Die Henkerstochter - The Hangman's Daughter Series #7)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,434 ratings  ·  297 reviews
The seventh chilling mystery in The Hangman's Daughter series

The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious—for dishonorable hangmen, at least—Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Mariner Books (first published July 14th 2017)
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J. Moore They don't have to be in sequence, but you miss the depth of the backstory, some of the callbacks will be meaningless, and the status of some of the r…moreThey don't have to be in sequence, but you miss the depth of the backstory, some of the callbacks will be meaningless, and the status of some of the relationships may not be as easily pieced together. But as a general matter, each novel is a standalone story.(less)
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Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So that was it, the saga of the hangman’s daughter from Schondorf in Bavaria, after seven volumes, with a total of 4300 pages. *Sniff*. The author has started a new saga (about Johan Georg, called Faustus) and whether he will ever return to the Kuisl family is more than unlikely. After all, the ending is open in a way, so that a continuation is at least possible.

In the last installment we accompany the whole family with kit and caboodle to Munich, the Bavarian state capital and electoral residen
I really wasn’t expecting it from the plot description, but this was my favorite book in the series since the first one. The basic plot is that the hangmen’s guild (the eponymous Council of Twelve) is meeting up in Munich and Kuisl’s been invited to join. The family comes along of course, and so we get everyone together when random women start popping up dead. That doesn’t sound too exciting does it? I mean, it’s not boring sounding but it hardly makes you desperate to pick it up. Which is why I ...more
Monica Hills
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! Set in the 17th century in Germany I am always left wondering who did it. The characters are well thought out and I really care what happens to them. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves historical fiction and mystery.
Consternation in the Hangman's Guild!

The Kuisl family travels to the Munich of 1672. Jakob, has a Hangman's Guild meeting--The Council of Twelve. However as usual nothing is ever simple with the Kuisls. But then that's the norm for the empire's executioners. Needed and yet despised, seen as the lowest of the low by the empire's citizens.
It seems a serial killer is at large murdering young women in a series of bizarre ways. Simon, Magdalena's physician husband has written a treatise on cleanlines
Carmina Valdizán
Being the 7th book in the saga I was worried it will not be as good as the previously ones, I was sorely mistaken, is better, Mr Pötzsch never fails to deliver a solid mystery.

This is the story of a serial killer that has been killing for at least 20 years without anyone noticing, no one even bothered to make the connection between the brutal killings until Jakob Kuisl and his family arrived to Munich for the Council of Twelve; his curious mind found these similarities and the story begins. The
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the few, if not the only, series I cried to because it having to end. What an amazing read, a series I will have to reread again. I loved every character in the Kuisl family, and also enjoyed seeing the Hangman's character and demeanor in each of his family members, including his grandchildren. This is by far my favorite series and I am so sad this is the last book. :( :( :( ...more
Susan Crowe
I love Jakob Kuisl!
Yes, he's a hangman. And yes, I love him.
I love this series so much. I seriously squeal with joy when I see the newest one announced every year at this time. I'll get the paperback, the kindle version and the audiobook. So yes, I love Jakob Kuisl.
I was drawn to this novel as I was reading "The Faithful Executioner" by Joel Harrington. What I found interesting was that inspiration for this series of novels was drawn from the author's own family history - and that our main character - Jakob Kuisl (1612 - 1695) - was indeed an ancestor!

So to the tale - the seventh in the series, and the first I had read. Jakob and family travel to Munich in 1672 to attend a council of hangmen - the "council of twelve". They are not a welcome addition to the
Diane Klajbor
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. When I read a new a Hangman' Daughter book, I feel like I'm visiting old friends. The characters develop and grow throughout the books. The author is a descendant of the Kusisls. They were a well known line of Bavarian executioners. They are his inspiration for the stories. I can't wait for #8 to be published in English. ...more
Well, that helps me in my decision to give up Kindle Unlimited. The end of my subscription is coming up so I have tried to find something worthwhile to read. Slim pickings. Some years ago I think I liked the first couple books but I am not going to check. It is pretty ridiculous stuff.
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I loved it! #7 in the series, I think there is another one coming...
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i saw it coming.

too many odd references to the murderer. still and great story. complex mystery. and good things happen to good people.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1672, the executioners of Bavaria are having a meeting of the Council of Twelve, a prestigious group- well, as prestigious as a hangman can be in a time and place where they are considered dishonorable and tainted. Jakob Kuisl takes his entire family there- his married daughter Magdalena, her physician husband Simon, her three children, and his unmarried daughter Barbara, with the thought of finding her a husband there in Munich. The fact that Barbara is already pregnant, and doesn’t even wan ...more
4.25 stars

In the late 17th century, the hangmen of Bavaria are gathering just outside Munich for their guild council. They don’t often get to meet because, being the dishonourables that they are, no one wants to host their meetings. On this occasion, they happen to be near Munich as the dead bodies of two young girls are discovered, murdered in various styles of execution from the time. As more bodies are found, the hangmen, of course, are suspected. Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, and her
Gloria Piper
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ordinarily I don't feel drawn to historical novels. This tale takes place in February, 1672, in and around Munich. From the first word, I was enthralled. The story is lively, never a dull word. We have six point-of-view characters. Six! How can you write a deft tale with six main characters? It must be complex, weighty. Nevertheless Potzsch does it with apparent ease.

Hangmen converge on a town just outside Munich for a conference. They are hardly welcome, especially when several young women are
Mar 16, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS. Surprisingly the best one of the series. The author has done an excellent job of keeping your interest, aging the characters and moving their lives along with good storytelling. I hope this isn't the last we see of the Hangman and his family. ...more
Camille Wilson
Usually, I love the quirky characters and labyrinth plot of the Hangman's Daughter series but this newest offering had way too many characters and subplots. ...more
This is another page turner in the Hangman's Daughter series. The subject matter is relevant today. As they say, history repeats itself. ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A favorite author writes another great story
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of them all. I love this author's style, the tight plots, the unexpected turns, everything. A series I will always hold dear. ...more
Connie Gamarra
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of seven!

This was an amazing experience! The Kuisl clan together again solving more mysteries than they could even imagine. A must read!
I finished this book last Monday, so, this review is late. But anyway, The Council of Twelve was, I think, the most fantastic Hangman Book in the series. It was also bittersweet due to it being the last book in the series but it delivered all levels: All the characters ending up truly happy and in their rightful places, putting together a truly unforeseen culprit, keeping all the same fantastic characters while introducing some new faces, and making it the most mysterious, magical, and intriguin ...more
Lori Beth Turner
Can't wait for the next installment of the Hangman's Daughter saga.

This series of the Hangman's Daughter Tales is very addictive for audiences that love a good historical fiction read. From the first book in the series the characters become real people. It is easy to devour the entire series without regard to the passing of the time it takes to do so. Eating and sleeping become secondary to the necessity of finding out what happens next in the lives of the Kuisl family and their knack for findin
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to write a deeply insightful review of this book with a highly original take. Unfortunately it turns out that beat me to it in describing the author's approach, particularly as to the underrated tool of actually crafting a story.

So in conclusion, hail Oprah.
Christen Moore
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Each time I read the newest installment of The Hangman’s Daughter series, I feel as if I am reconnecting with old friends. To me this is the mark of an excellent series. With every new book readers feel welcomed, eager to catch up on the recent life events, and happy to reflect on times gone by. In The Council of Twelve, book seven of the series, Potzsch continues this cheerful trend bringing readers along on the latest adventures of the Kuisl family.  

The Council of Twelve is the exclusive gath
Schuyler Wallace

German writer Oliver Pötzsch seems intrigued with his family’s history of a long line of executioners. “The Council of Twelve” is the seventh mystery he’s produced about the Kuisl family of hangmen who pursued murderers in the 1600s, a task sometimes indulged in as part of a hangman’s duties. I read his first book in the series, “The Hangman’s Daughter,” a few years ago and was greatly impressed. This novel further strengthens my opinion of his work.

Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to M
Hannelore Cheney
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and AmazonCrossing for the eARC.
It's the year 1672 and the extended Kuisl family are in their way to a meeting of the Council of Twelve, the prestigious guild of hangmen in the Empire. Jacob Kuisl is proud to have been elected to the Council, but as they arrive, they are not staying in Munich, but instead in Au, a disreputable town full of suspicious and unwelcoming townsfolk. They fear the hangmen are bringing the devil to town, a fear that's only strengthened by the brutal
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
When an author writes a long series of novels, the newer books often don't match up with the excitement of that first adventure. While I had enjoyed the 6th book, I really only read this 7th book to continue my commitment.

I was pleasantly surprised: The Council of Twelve offered continued insight into the life of Germans in the late 1600s and into the social restrictions at play. The story was exciting and entertaining, and continued the suspense until the final chapter. The characters are matur
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
I love Munich and am so glad that this novel was set there. For me, these books are a reminder of how rich the German/Bavarian history is in ALL aspects of life from Social interactions, the changing Religious and Political landscapes. I am transported to the time period and am reminded that like all good historical fiction that humans loves and desires haven’t changed much in 400+ years. While this book touches deeply on the issues of premarital sex, pregnancy and abortion it’s relevancy speaks ...more
Terry Steinborn
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh entry in this fascinating series, set in 17th Century Bavaria. Once again the Schongau Hangman's family is involved in nefarious dealings - this time investigating (and solving, of course) a series of grisly murders of young women in and near Munich. A rare council meeting of the 12 leading town hangmen of Bavaria is being held in a Munich suburb, and for the first time Jacob Kuisl has been asked to join the council. He and his whole family travel to Munich for the event, including h ...more
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