Ok, I’ve been a little behind on my weekly post. I wish I could claim the dog ate my post (which if you knew my dogs, you would know this is completely plausible!), but I can’t. I have been up to my eyeballs getting book 2, One in the Chamber, ready for release in the next couple of weeks, but now it’s catch up time.
I recommend all four books in The Hangman’s Daughter Series. They are set in 1660’s, Germany, and they are a murder mystery/thriller/historical fiction combo. I’d say they’re rated more PG-13 rather than PG only because of some of the historical things of that time dealing with war, plague, and the hangman’s trade of being paid for executing criminals.
The first book, I thought, centered more around the Hangman rather than his daughter, which was fine because Jakob is an intriguing chap. Books 2, 3, and 4 brought more focus onto Magdalena, his daughter, as the book title suggests.
In my “Names” post, I mentioned this series as an influence for deciding to give Magda her name in The Monster Within.
For this book review, I just finished the fourth in the Hangman’s Daughter series. The last book, The Poisoned Pilgrim, took me a while to get through, not because of poor story arc or slack writing, but because I was distracted by other things like getting OTC ready.
My only beef with book 4 was the way the story unfolded at the end. Instead of the characters solving the mysteries on their own, at the end, the villain, who is completely cuckoo, spills his guts and tells everything. I found it a little anti-climactic and disappointing. Sure, they solved many of the questions around the murders, but to have most of the murder sub-plot revealed in a huge confession really reminded me of a Scooby Doo episode.
“And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you pesky kids and your dog….”
Overall, they’re worth the read. Keep your Scooby Snacks handy for the end of The Poisoned Pilgrim. Scooby will want his reward! Ruh-roh!