Thou shalt not covet …
3rd volume of the Angel-killer-Series.
Nuremberg, 1493. It’s been hardly two years since the famed Angel Murders and the Great Madness, and yet again the town is being haunted by a merciless killer. In short succession, several people with cut throats are found. At first, widow and healer Katharina Jacob believes God is playing a cruel game. In any case, she has loads of other worries – in her sick women’s home things aren’t for the best. And the young scholar Tobias, who was entrusted to her keeping, seems to have experienced terrible things at the Heiliggeist hospital – in fact something so horrible that it cannot be expressed with words. But then the man of her dreams, patrician Richard Sterner, wakes up covered in blood next to one of the corpses, and Katharina herself is being suspected as the murderer. Nuremberg’s mayor is hell-bent on throwing her in prison, and soon only her faithful aide Donatus and night raven Arnulf still take her side. When finally a ruthless inquisitor shows up who wants to settle an old score with her, she begins to suspect who is behind these sinister games. But first, she will have to go down a long and painful road into her own past …
In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD. I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter.
Historical thriller. Aufbau. 2012. 475 pages. 12.99 Euro
This story pulls you right in, and from there on out, there’s no escaping. It’s a wonderful experience that flies by way too fast. Every single page is sheer delight! (literaturmarkt.info)
Absolutely gripping writing, from a certain point on, suspense almost gets too intense. (lovelybooks.de)
Kathrin Lange’s third historical crime novel “Madonna” once again bears … some interesting historical facts about everyday life and the state of medicine in medieval Nuremberg – flavoured with a dash of romance. (hallo-buch.de; you can read the whole review here)
A historical novel of the highest class. (Echo Nord)