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Werewolf of Bamberg is an excellent addition to the Hangman’s Daughter series. It's a captivating mystery full of drama, suspense, action, and great characters. The author did an amazing job of researching the actual time period, and weaves enough historical places and people into the story making it very convincing and entertaining. While this a complex story with multiple POV's, it flows nicely and will keep you guessing.
Jakob, the Schongau hangman, and his family head to Bamberg for his brother’s wedding. They soon discover several citizens of Bamberg are going missing and some of their bodies turn up, and show signs of being tortured (or at least some body parts are turning up). Then there is talk about werewolf attacks, and soon the whole town is in a frenzy, and people are accusing others of being a werewolf.
While the mystery of who is conducting these werewolf attacks intensifies, there's plenty of family drama, especially with Jakob and his brother. They have not seen each other in years, and argue all the time. These two characters had me laughing. The family drama ties in nicely with the story, and there is never a dull moment
Jakob who is my favorite character is blunt, grumpy, tough, and drives his family crazy by keeping them in suspense when he comes up with a hunch or is devising a plan. His "particular skill" makes him a great detective, who else can pick up a severed arm, and determine the sex, age, the fact the person had Gout, was tortured, and what they did for a living.
The narrator was faultless and did an amazing job. Overall, this is great historical mystery with elements of truth. Anyone who is a fan of history, and loves a good mystery, will enjoy this story. Caution: if you have not listened to the other books in the series, I strongly suggesting starting with book one. All the stories are great, and the characters are developed over the series.
Worth the time and credit.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is an entirely satisfying and entertaining historical mystery w/ noteworthy factual and fictional vividness... This is the best work of the series thus far, and the author shows some serious chops along w/ an ascendant improvement in his craft... The mystery itself is thoughtful and tantalizing, rife w/obvious and not so obvious clues, and simply delightful red herrings;). You'll get everything you need to figure it out, but good luck w/ that;). The historical setting compliments the mystery richly indeed... The pace of the story is perfectly set w/ punctuated action and thrills... The picture of class inequality, imprisonment, and bigotry is dark and sobering... Don't be so sure you know where the true monstrousness resides... There's assuredly some mirroring to modern prejudices... The characters are magnificent, both the likeable and unlikeable... All the Kuisls put the fun back in disfuntion;). I especially enjoy Jakob of course, but Bartol grew on me largely due to the genuine soul hidden beneath the torturer's shell... How can you not like a character that loves his dogs so much.... He's right, they do have better souls than us... The narration is nothing short of superb, and the total product is a book most anyone will thoroughly enjoy, especially fans of historical mystery fiction... Absolutely worth the credit, but you might want to start the series from the beginning to be fully in the know, but it can be read as a stand alone...
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
I am absolutely hooked to this series of books by Oliver Pötzsch. The characters are so well developed, and as a reader find myself completely invested in them. The plot had great depth and pace kept surprising me throughout. I also love the narration by Grover Gardener, he vocally depicts exactly how I'd imagined Jakob to sound. I whole heartedly recommend this book, in both written and audio. I'm not going to go into writing a break down of the story overview...take a chance, and just read it/listen to it yourself, and I really hope you love it as much as I have come to.
Well read with plenty of expresion and feeling the storyteller kept your interest and made you hang on every word