The Dark Monk

The Dark Monk

A Hangman's Daughter Tale

Audiobook CD - 2012
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The Dark Monk is the second book in Hangman's Daughter, the million-copy bestselling series.

1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.

Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his headstrong daughter, Magdalena, and the town physician's son team up with the priest's aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

But they're not the only ones after the legendary fortune. A team of dangerous and mysterious monks is always close behind, tracking their every move, speaking Latin in the shadows, giving off a strange, intoxicating scent. And to throw the hangman off their trail, they have ensured he is tasked with capturing a band of thieves roving the countryside attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

Delivering on the promise of the international bestseller The Hangman's Daughter , Oliver Potzsch takes us on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria's ancient monasteries. Once again based on prodigious historical research into Potzsch's family tree, The Dark Monk brings to life an unforgettable, compassionate hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of seventeenth-century Bavaria and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.

Publisher: [Grand Haven, MI] : Brilliance Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9781455867233
1455867233
9781455876242
1455876240
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (14 hr., 47 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 24, 2017

Book 2 in the 5 book series "The Hangman's Daughter", it continues the story of the hangman, his daughter, & her "boyfriend" the town doctor's son. Only 1 year after the mystery of the 3 orphan children's death was solved & the 2 remaining orphan girls were saved, a new mystery has found it's way into the small village in the Bavarian Alps. The dangerous race to discover the location of the Knights Templar treasure has begun! I did enjoy this mystery, especially since the 3 main characters reprise their roles in Book 2, but the story didn't keep me engrossed as much as the 1st book did. I started to suspect a certain character to be the ringleader of a dangerous gang of thieves, yet I was still shocked to learn just how they were involved. If you enjoyed Book 1 (The Hangman's Daughter), do make sure you go ahead & read Book 2.

Age recommendation: 14 & over

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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