I have to take off a little because this book starts off slow. There is quite a bit of setting the scene and character introduction in the first couple of chapters and it kind of drags while you're learning who everyone is. Once it picks up the pace, it's a really good murder mystery. The hangman, Jakob Kuisl, is a very interesting character and is the author's several times great grandfather, which made the story even more interesting to me. The events of the book are fictionalized, but many of the characters are real people.Overall, this was an engaging read. There are a few slow chapters at the beginning, but otherwise it's very well done.