The Council of Twelve

Category: Book
By (author): Potzsch, Oliver
Series: Hangman's Daughter Tales
Subject:  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.25in
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From The Publisher*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 women have begun turning up dead. At first, the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kusil notices that each woman possesses a matchingamulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering these women. With no suspects, the superstitious townsfolk of Munich blame the hangmen's guild, certain that they have called the devil upon the city. Joined by his daughter Magdalena, son-in-law Simon, the rest of his extended family, and a slew of eccentric hangmen, Kuisl must solve the mystery of who is murdering these girls. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.
From The Publisher*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 women have begun turning up dead. At first, the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kusil notices that each woman possesses a matching amulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering these women. With no suspects, the superstitious townsfolk of Munich blame the hangmen's guild, certain that they have called the devil upon the city. Joined by his daughter Magdalena, son-in-law Simon, the rest of his extended family, and a slew of eccentric hangmen, Kuisl must solve the mystery of who is murdering these girls. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.
Review Quote*"Enthralling . . . . Pötzsch does his usual excellent job of making the period vivid, while offering surprising twists . . . This is a superior historical mystery." --Publishers Weekly
 
Biographical NoteOLIVER POTZSCH, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners. Potzsch lives in Munich with his family.