Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘oliver potzsch’

Book of the Night

“One thing was clear to him:  never again could he return to Lohenfels Castle.  The grand inquisitor had pronounced his death sentence.”

In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes.  His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life.  His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles.  When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man.  His life has forced him to mature.

The Poisoned Pilgrim

poisoned pilgrimI am going to assume that you are familiar with the usual cast of characters in Oliver Pötzsch’s Hangman’s Daughter series.  Simon and Magdalena are on a journey to the monastery at Andechs for a pilgrimage.  There has been a fairly long time lapse in the lives of the young couple since the last book so there so there are a few surprises in the story.  When a body is found, Simon, notices some odd things which pull them into a possible murder investigation.

The Beggar King

beggar kingImagine a murder mystery where the investigator doesn’t have a cell phone, electronic surveillance, laboratory tests, DNA evidence, or any real modern tools. If you are thinking Sherlock Holmes you’d need to go back in time a few centuries to a simpler yet seemingly crueler time; A time when your guilt was decided then you were tortured until you confessed. No imagine that you were the “hangman” who was tasked with inducing the confession out of the accused and the tables were turned.

The Dark Monk

Imagine a murder mystery set in seventh century Bavaria with a hangman(Jacob Kuisl), his daughter (Magdalena), and the son of a local doctor (Simon Fronwieser) as the sleuths.  Add to the mystery that the author, Oliver Potzsch, is a descendant of the hangman’s family.  In The Dark Monk, Oliver Potzsch’s second “hangman’s daughter” novel, we have a mysterious death after a mysterious discovery at an ancient church.  This novel requires elemental sleuthing as there are no DNA tests or ballistics to be run.  It is a refreshing mystery without all the high-tech stuff.  It also is a glimpse into a world and a time that we only see in movies involving vampires.  It is a brutal time full of death and dark monks…

The Hangman’s Daughter

Author Oliver Potzsch is a descendant of one of Bavaria’s dynasties of executioners, the Kuisls.  Potzsch draws upon his family history to paint his characters, their lives, and the “jobs” that they were born to do.  The Hangman’s Daughter is not a macabre account of brutal executions, though there is some of that, it is a murder mystery that happens to take place in a small Bavarian town, Shongau.  No mere executioner Jakob Kuisl is a healer, torcherer, and garbage man.  He must overcome the prejudices about his career to solve a mystery before an innocent is killed and mayhem ensues.