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March Book Club Meeting, Alternative Meeting

Our March book is The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch.


Germany, 1659: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead, marked by the same tattoo, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town's physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed. A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman's Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

Since our discussion is held at the Nordstrom Market Cafe, I plan on enjoying breakfast during our discussion. Eating or drinking is optional but I certainly plan on enjoying something to eat and drink during our discussion. The Nordstrom Market Cafe is located on the second floor of Norstroms in the Columbia Mall. 

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

If you are an Amazon Prime member and you have a Kindle, you can download this book from free from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

The Probable Future is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:

(4) Copies of the book.

(2) Copies of the book on CD. 

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

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  • Wayne M.

    It was a wonderful discussion. I really appreciate the time and energy that everyone puts into our book discussions.

    March 22, 2014

  • CJ L.

    Friends yeaaaaa...My book is available everyone now
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    Thanks friends.

    March 21, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    I'm munching on some mandrake roots, henbane seeds, and hellebores as I think about this next question. Let's discuss this at our meeting.

    “Jakob Kuisl, too, knew all about potions and was suspected of sorcery. But he was a man. And he was the executioner” (p. 48). Why are these important distinctions? Both Jakob and Martha are viewed as outsiders in their community, but discuss some of the differences between the executioner and the midwife.

    March 19, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    I'm getting excited about our upcoming "The Hangman's Daughter" discussion. Here is a question for us to thing about and discuss at our meeting:

    Why do the orphans refuse to tell the townspeople what they witnessed? How does this mistrust shape their fate? Do you think they made the right choice?

    March 18, 2014

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