Title: The Poisoned Pilgrim (The Hangman’s Daughter #4)
Author: Oliver Pötzsch
My Rating: 4 Stars
Published: Published July 16th 2013 by Amazon Crossing
Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Religion, Germany, Bavaria, 17th Century, Crime
I’ve been reading this series for years now, and this one is a great addition. I think my favorite part about this book is how much change there has been. Simon and Magdalena are married and have two boys! It’s great that we get to see these character progress throughout the series, it’s something that you don’t always see in series.
This time, Simon and Magdalena get caught up in a mystery when they are visiting a neighboring monastery for a religious festival. At the monastery they meet a monk who has created an automaton, but when he suddenly disappears and his apprentice is found dead they discover there is evil at work there. And the automaton may be a part of it.
As usual, the world building is fantastic. The monastery is presented in beautiful detail, and the reader can get a sense of how much a community the the monastery is instead of just a church. The monastery is a real place in Bavaria and you can tell how much research he did on it in the way he describes the church and the area around it.
The characters are great as well. He has written great villains in using monks, since they are usually considered so holy and innocent. It bring to light that just because it is a church, doesn’t mean that everyone is good intentioned. And it allow show how much rich people used holy festivals to simply make money. There are many different new characters in this book and I won’t go into detail about hem as to not give anything away about the story.
The story itself is fantastic was good, but very confusing this time around. I had a hard time keeping up with the storyline since there was many small plot lines going on and so many new characters. Also, I felt like this book went on a bit too long. the books in this series are always long, but I really felt like this one could have been condensed down a lot. But, the ending was excellent and made it all worth it.
I give this book 4 stars, the only reason I didn’t give 5 is because I felt that the book was a bit long winded and confusing at times. However, it a great mystery and thriller, and I think everyone will have trying to figure out who the villain(or villains) are and why.
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