The mysterious sixth entry in the Hangman's Daughter series.
It is 1670 and Simon Fronwieser is in the town of Oberammergau to bring his seven-year-old son to boarding school. As he bids his boy a tearful farewell, news comes of a shocking murder: the man who was to play the part of Christ in the town's Passion play has been found dead, nailed to the set's cross. As there is no doctor in town, Simon is brought in to examine the body. The opportunities to spend more time with his son and to investigate the murder quickly convince him to stay.
Soon he is joined by his father-in-law, Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, and the two begin piecing together the puzzle of the actor's death. Was he murdered by a jealous rival? Are the recently arrived and unpopular immigrant workers somehow involved? Or is it a punishment from God for the villagers' arrogance in trying to schedule the play four years earlier than prescribed by ancient custom? Once again it looks like it is up to the Kuisls to unravel the mystery and bring a town's dark secrets to light.
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A good story, as usual...
- L. E. Weyts
Everyone Dances for the Hangman!!
So many books are so good that its impossible to rank them numerically. This book however is in the top echelon, a five star read, a must listen for any true audiobook fan.
Play of Death is an historical fiction novel that ranks with all of the five star greats.
People who would like this book: Germanophiles, hikers, gnomes, dwarves, and everyone owning a cukoo clock.
People who wouldn't like this book: anyone who doesn't want to dance for the hangman!