Title: The Beggar King
Author: Oliver Potzsch
Length: 457 pages
Published in: 2010
Genre: historical fiction, mystery
Source: public library
Reason for Reading: I’ve read the first two in this ongoing series and loved them: The Hangman’s Daughter and The Dark Monk
Summary (from Goodreads):
The year is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the murder, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture he’s administered himself for years.
Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a young medicus named Simon hasten to his aid. With the help of an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they discover that behind the false accusation is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
Chock-full of fhistorical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a writer to watch.
My Thoughts: Another great story from Potzsch 🙂 There is a lot happening in this tale, but I won’t go into much detail because there are many small mysteries in the plot. But I have not been disappointed with any of these books and I’m very excited for The Warlock, which comes out next.