I started reading The Werewolf of Bamberg and was quickly reminded that the translations of these books suck. I had to ask myself, why do like these stories so much?
By the end I'd figured it out.
I keep coming back to the Hangman's Daughter stories because I love that I can never guess the ending! All the stories--this latest included--are fun mysteries wrapped up in gruesomely-authentic settings. A hangman. Medieval medicine, religion, and lifestyle. Torture. There's always at least enough awesome to keep me turning pages.
By the end, the lame German-to-English translation doesn't even bother me. It actually became oddly endearing...
Good fun, but would be so much better with a better translation.