The Hangman’s Daughter: a Review

5124ldi7ihlA midwife has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a child, but the hangman doubts she’s guilty. It goes against everything he knows about her. But can he find the killer before he’s required to begin torturing her to win a confession?

The story is set in Bavaria in the mid-1600s,  For a helper in his search for the real killer, the hangman  has a young physician, who believes there’s more to being a doctor than the less than scientific approaches of the past. The good doctor also has an eye for the hangman’s daughter.

The hangman’s daughter, meanwhile, likes the young doctor back but there’s a problem. In Bavaria in the 1600s, a hangman’s daughter can only marry a hangman’s son.

I can’t call this a cozy mystery. This is, after all, the story of a hangman. But it is a good read with interesting characters and details of a profession you’ve probably not known much about before.  In addition to providing a compelling mystery, the book also contains some internal graphics that are well worth the viewing.

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Confessions of a French-Fried-Onions Addict

Okay, I confess, when it comes to onions I have no self control. I love them in everything, even when they’re simply sauteed in butter and seasoned with a few fennel seeds.  But doctored up in batter and flour and then fried to golden goodness?  Oh, my stars, get out of my way before I knock you down to get to them.

I’ve bought containers of them to use in recipes before, but I’ve never bought any to just sit and nibble on,,, before yesterday. Oh, man, so long potato chips. I assure you yesterday is not the last time I will be buying containers of those little onion-y delights for snacking again.

Speaking of delights. I like reading legal thrillers. Including these two specifically. So along with a bag of French fried onions, may I recommend to you: Dark Moon and The Death of Distant Stars. They’re both written by Deborah Hawkins. All I can tell you is  I enjoyed them very much.

Also work progresses on my new venture at writing short romantic suspense fiction. Wish me luck. And be sure to check the book out once it’s finished. The working title is: Blind Faith. Be sure to watch for it.

Happy reading, happy writing,

Anna Drake

If you like it, please rate it.

I habitually post reviews of books I’ve enjoyed reading here. It you like them too, good on you! But publishing a book is hard work. So if you like any book here, I encourage you to post a review of it. It helps readers know there’s a good or interesting book out there, or at the very least, you’re recommending a reasonably good read to your friends who are as anxious to find a pleasurable read as you are!

So please, don’t be shy. As difficult as it may be for your to find a good, satisfying read, it’s even more difficult for an unknown author to find a reader who’s willing say, “Dang, that book was good.”

If  you didn’t like it, feel free to post that opinion, too. All views matter. And thank you, for reading the blog and my books.

Best wishes, Anna Drake.

 

More 99-cent Mysteries

 

Crowe 3 (7)My novel, As the Crowe Dies, will be part of a special sale this weekend. The book is the second offering in the Melanie Hart mystery series.

n this book Melanie faces the prospect of one of her dear friends being arrested for murder. But her faith remains unshaken. She knows he’s incapable of killing anyone. All she must do to clear her good friend is find the real killer. Yeah, right.

All the books in this sale are priced at just 99 cents. Fifty authors. Fifty novels up for your reading pleasure. Watch for more details here.

An Older Child Gets a Facelift as I Undertake a New Genre

mrnewThe first book I published has gotten a new face. Murderous Relations, my very first published novel, now has a new cover. First reactions seem promising.

This is not only my first book, but it is also my best selling book. It enjoyed a good run when first published at one retail outlet but languished at others. There is even one outlet where the book only sold two copies throughout  the many years it’s been on the market. But since slapping on a new cover, I’m up to 13 sales in one month on that particular site. Could one cover really make that much a difference?

Of course, I REALLY like the new cover.  I hope you  like it, too.

Murderous Relations was awfully close to being a romantic suspense story. But to reach that level, I’d have had to increase the percent of the story that was dedicated to romance. It’s in there. And is a lovely bit of matchmaking if I may say so. But  I would have had to cut back on the mystery and suspense elements to fulfill the romantic suspense genre expectations.

 

blind-faithNow, I’m working on a true romantic suspense story. During  my writing of what is a new genre for me, I’ve been playing around with covers for the story, which I have titled: Blind Faith. Here’s my latest effort at a cover for my first romantic suspense book. I think I like it. And I’d be thrilled if you did too: