Jacob Kuisl receives a letter from his brother-in-law in Regensburg saying that is sister Lisbeth is dying. Kuisl immediately leaves for Regensburg to see whether he can help his sister. When he arrives, his hope is shattered, and he finds himself a prisoner charged with the murder of Lisbeth and her husband.
Meanwhile in Schongau, Magdalena, his daughter, and Simon, the local doctor who is also Magdalena's lover, become embroiled in a nasty fight with one of the members of the town council. They, too, take off for Regensburg. There they become involved in a plot to save the city and to try to save Jacob from death.
As with the two previous novels, this novel is well plotted. The characters continue to be interesting and the setting is well done. I particularly liked the descriptions of Regensburg, and I highly recommend reading Potzsch's tour of Regensburg at the end of the book.
I did feel that this book was more violent and somewhat less realistic than the previous two, which I enjoyed very much. However, the book is still well worth reading as a continuation of the series.
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