The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

By Oliver Pötzsch

Germany, 1660: while a demise boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is named upon to enquire even if witchcraft is at play. So starts off The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly designated, fast paced historic mystery from German tv screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch--a descendent of the Kuisls, a recognized Bavarian executioner extended family.

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I glare up at him and then bite his thumb for good measure. "Ouch," he says, shaking his fingers. "You shouldn't have scared me like that," I hiss, expecting at any moment my mother to come charging down the hallway and order us all back to bed, where if she had her way we'd have pleasant dreams as well. " Gabriel shrugs. " I nod. Gabriel must have been staying at his mom's apartment. Ever since Aunt Lydia returned from California, she's been living in the apartment over the barn. "What's happening?

The first dog asks again, and then gives a mournful bark. I reach out with my mind and the dogs fall abruptly silent, their jaws freezing back into place, their voices stilled in their china throats again. Rowena turns slowly and faces me, drawing the lapels of her robe closer to her throat. " she says softly. "I knew you weren't able to Travel on your own," she adds. "Yeah, congratulations. " She looks at me thoughtfully. "It is, isn't it? " Then I pause as something clicks into place. " "Who else?

I swallow, then voice my most pressing fear. " My grandmother leans back and closes her eyes, and I try not to notice how the skin sags around her jaws, leaving the bones of her cheeks to stand out in sharp contrast. "I suspect Gabriel will have a hard time with that," she says at last. " My grandmother opens her eyes and regards me down the length of her nose. " I duck my head and try not to think of how incredibly angry Gabriel's going to be with me if I don't at least give him the option. But I can't.

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