Bedside table: Readers' choice

  • Updated: August 2, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Brian Finstad of Springfield, Minn., writes:

My favorite book of the summer (so far) is “The Hangman’s Daughter,” by Oliver Pötzsch. A mystery set in post-Thirty Years War Bavaria, the book follows the fictional adventures of Pötzsch’s real ancestor Jacob Kuisl (an executioner) as he tries to save a midwife who has been accused of murder and witchcraft. Pötzsch deftly creates the 16th century, with all of its brutality, injustice, and prejudice, as his hero goes about trying to exonerate a woman he is in charge of torturing a confession from. A great book with a very different setting.

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