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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,981 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Pötzsch Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hangman’s Daughter Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781455876426
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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 Pötzsch takes us on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries. Once again based on prodigious historical research into Pötzsch’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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scilla | 2/8/2014

    " In 1660, the priest of the local church is found dead of poisoning in the crypt of his church with his finger pointing to the writing on the plaque. Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, the priest's sister Benedikta, and the doctor's son Simon begin investigating. They soon find out they are trying to find a treasure hidden by the Knights Templar. As they follow the clues from one old church to another, they soon realize there are others searching as well. They have to chase down robbers, and get themselves into very dangerous situations with monks also trying to find the treasure. Magdalena and Benedikta also show evidence of jealousy over Simon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/1/2014

    " For some reason I just loved this book! It was fresh and original for me. Now I don't think the writing is all that amazingly lyrical or anything....I really think it was the setting that I liked. Some of the main characters are the Hangman, the Hangman's Daughter, the Medicus, and a great many priests. The mystery is set in 1600s Bavaria. Maybe part of the attraction for me is also that I have a couple of lines of my family who are from Bavaria too. See, the author, Oliver Potzsch, has done some of his genealogy and he is actually descended from this line of notorious hangmen, the Kuisls. So in his stories, central characters are the hangman and his daughter, also of that name. I love that whole idea and find it very inspirational. Maybe I will do something like that someday with one of my lines. How about the Christnacht one? :) (This means Christmas Eve in German, but what we don't know is why the family was named after Christmas Eve!) Anyway,I must read the other two that have been translated soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book. I can't wait for Oliver Potzsch's next one in January. I'm very found of Magdalena and her father as characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda Barnett | 1/26/2014

    " This second installation of the series, the Hangman's Daughter, failed to live up to the excellence of its predecessor. Not only did the writing seem not as intelligent but the plot was lacking credibility. In addition, and to my utmost dismay, were the flaws and errors of historical and cultural accuracy. I can only hope that the next novel in this series improves upon this disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Sestak | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as the first one but still good. This one seemed a little more religious to me, which is fine, but not really my cup of tea. I have a habit of always liking the first book in every series the most though so that also plays against all forthcoming novels in any series. Magdelena is still a strong female character but her jealous rampages about the medicus and her "female" type daydreams annoy me a little. Simon annoyed me greatly in this book for more reasons than i care to mention but Kuisl was the same lovable hangman(oxymoron?)that we grew to love in the former novel. Anyways, certainly a worthwhile read, even if it's not as good as The Hangman's Daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/17/2014

    " Fast read. Not as good as first book but entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/8/2014

    " I love the description of the people, architecture and places. And really enjoyed the afterword about his family and the guided tour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebeca | 1/5/2014

    " I really liked the first book. did not like this one. In fact I struggled to get thru it and never even finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 1/4/2014

    " Another wandering adventure with the Hangeman, his wayward daughter and the rebel doctor. Slow but a great escape and somehow addictive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Brown | 12/29/2013

    " I am in LOVE with this series. I never thought I would've liked it so much. I highly recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taylor P | 12/21/2013

    " Why did I continue reading this series :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Smith | 12/20/2013

    " Even better than the first in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/9/2013

    " While I liked the first book (Hangman's Daughter) I am somewhat lukewarm about this and the next book of his. I think possibly the whole Hangman's Daughter thing is pretty much done to death (pun intended) by now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/7/2013

    " Pretty interesting story. It continues with the same characters as the first the book. The ending has a nice twist to it. There is a murder in a church and the hangman, the doctor become involved to solve the mystery of why and who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy Mccoy | 10/22/2013

    " I really liked the first book in the series and found this one to be well worth the read although not the equal of "the hangmans daughter" . I have ordered the third book and hopefully will find it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtnee | 10/15/2013

    " I just could never say enough good things about this series. I want to name my first kid Magdalena. Scratch that, I want to BE Magdalena. It is KILLING me that I have to wait another month for the third book to be translated and become available in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/10/2013

    " It was good but I enjoyed the first Hangman's Daughter book much better. There were parts of this story that seemed to drag, but still loved the characters and have pre-ordered the third book to come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/3/2013

    " I had mixed feelings about this, maybe it was because I read it in snippets. It was reminiscent of Angels and Demon's with Templars looking for a treasure. I figured out the mystery before it was revealed so it seemed a bit anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/1/2013

    " Even better than the first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Tichonchuk | 6/4/2013

    " Another great historical fiction from Oliver Poetzsch. I can picture the places and religious conflicts. I like the mystery he creates. A read that pulls you along for the ride. I'm already on to his next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 5/6/2013

    " Hangman's Daughter was a good read. I really enjoyed coming back to visit the characters in the Dark Monk. Excited to see where the author will takes us in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 3/17/2013

    " Enjoyed this one more than the first. Love the mystery, the history and that it is based on people related to the author. Will definitely read a 3rd one if it comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Hite | 3/7/2013

    " A very nice sequal to the Hangman's daughter. I love this series in part because of the high suspense but also because of how much I am learning about European history. I have to say it began to drag for awhile in the middle but definitely made up for it with a can't put it down ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 3/4/2013

    " Third book in the series of the Hangman's Daughter. It kept my attention. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 3/1/2013

    " Love this series!! Think there are 2 more that I have to look for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/13/2013

    " A poisoned priest, a mad monk, a band of thieves led by a woman pretending to be the deceased priest's sister. Cryptic riddles dating to the Crusades leading to a long-lost Templar treasure. Twisted and sometimes corrupt church politics. All make for an engrossing and fast-moving tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estelle Momrow | 12/19/2012

    " good follow- up to the hangman's daughter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Barresi | 12/7/2012

    " Potzsch's novels should be praised by all lovers of reading. His novels are (novels like his) the reason I enjoy reading. Transported to a time and place and we get to live a different life, even if just for a little while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Gould | 12/2/2012

    " I loved this book. Historical novel about 17th century Bavaria, "inquisitions," victims of "Dark Ages" thinking (they didn't have a chance!), and what life was like for an executioner and his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Prunty | 8/18/2012

    " Spellbinding page turner, can't wait till the next book, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 8/11/2012

    " Better than the first one I think. Much better at not leaving a loop hole or plot hole around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie | 6/17/2012

    " Love the characters. Enjoy the period 1600,s Bavaria. I think the translation was very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 6/12/2012

    " Better than The Hangman's Daughter. Really enjoyed it ... Like, I chose to read it over going to sleep or playing with the iPad -- so ... Pretty darn good! "

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About the Author

Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, he has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television in Germany. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria’s leading dynasties of executioners. He is the author of the bestselling Hangman’s Daughter historical fiction series, which has sold over half a million copies in English.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.