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The Council of Twelve

(Die Henkerstochter #7)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,711 ratings  ·  246 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
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-tbr
This is number seven in the Hangman's Daughter series and it just keeps getting better with each installment. The Council of Twelve starts with the Kuisl family on their way to Munich for a meeting with the area hangmen. Upon arriving it's not too long before the bodies of young women begin to turn up. This is one of my favorite series and I highly recommend each and every one of them.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.
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.
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. :( :( :(
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.
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.
 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
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
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.
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.
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!
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gift-books, read-2020
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
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
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7th book in The Hangman's Daughter series, and I was thrilled to read Potzsch's promise of another book continuing the story of the Kuisl family. I picked up the original, The Hangman's Daughter, years ago, because the premise was intriguing and different. The author's ancestors were executioners in Germany, which, in the 1600s, filled a crucial need for each region. But in those superstitious times, the executioner and his entire family were considered dishonorable. Potzch does deep historic an ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The BEST Hangman's daughter mystery novel of the last 5! Loved it. Loved the history, sense of place, social order of Germany in the 1600s, attitudes toward women, etc. Much more compelling mystery than the last few. I couldn't put it down and stayed up until 2 AM to read till the end. I started figuring out the killer 2/3 through when they mentioned that person a few times but the intrigue kept me hooked until the end. I especially liked the side story of Peter and Max. It was beguiling. And Si ...more
Derek Sanderson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it--keeps you guessing!!!

I immensely enjoyed this book. This author does an excellent job of telling a long story that doesn't drag on excitement or suspense! Great mystery and very timely themes as pertains to women. Personally, I do not believe in aborting babies as a general rule. Since sex is an act that carries the risk of procreation, I think, rape aside, we ladies can and should exercise control over our bodies by making responsible choices in the first place; that is preferable to "
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
1672, Munich. As the Council of Twelve, the meeting of hangmen, assembles in the heart of Bavaria, a series of strange deaths occur. Women have been turning up dead, all with one thing in common : they all possess a matching amulet. The people are furious, blaming the deaths on the assembly of hangmen. Hangman Jakob Kuisl knows he has to stop this; along with his family, he will attempt to solve this puzzling mystery.

The Council of Twelve is a very interesting, well-constructed historical myster
Ryan Rauber
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 7 of the Hangman's Daughter series, and the best so far. If you haven't read this series, they take place in the 1600's in Germany, after the 30 Years War. Jacob Kuisl is the Hangman, the town of Schongau's executioner. Here, the family travels to Munich, where Jacob is to be accepted into the Council of 12, a sort of ruling council for Hangmen in the German Empire. But soon they stumble upon a serial killer who's killing young girls. There are various subplots in this book too that ...more
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