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The Dark Monk
If you enjoy an unlikely hero, look no further. The Dark Monk comes with three, all
living in the same 17th-century Bavarian village. Jakob Kuisl is the town
hangman, shunned because of his profession. Magdalena is his daughter, and
suspect due to her studies as a midwife. Medical-school dropout Simon
Fronwieser is just too darn curious about everything—most especially
about the murder of a kindly priest. Interestingly enough, their adversaries
turn out to be a band of monks who poison townsfolk at will and seal a live man
into a sarcophagus. But why? In this subtle, meticulously crafted story, every
word is a possible clue, and the characters are so engaging that it’s
impossible not to get involved in trying to help them figure the riddle out.
— Nathalie Gorman