In 1886, King Ludwig II, the King of Bavaria, was deposed on grounds of mental incapacity without any medical examination. His "diagnosis" remains controversial among historians to this day. Soon after his fall from power, Ludwig died under mysterious circumstances, leaving the eccentric and beautiful "fairytale" castles he had built as his only remaining legacy.While putting away books from an estate sale purchase, rare book-dealer Steven Lukas finds a box he's never seen before wedged between books on a high shelf. In it he discovers what looks to be a small diary written entirely in code, a lock of hair, and old photographs of the Fairytale King. It isn't long however, before his excitement turns to fear as he realizes that mysterious others want the diary too-and will apparently kill to get it. Suspecting that his find may contain the secret truth behind Ludwig's death, Steven consults with art historian Sara Lengfeld. Soon they find themselves on the run together, investigating each of Ludwig's three castles for clues as to just what in that ancient diary could be so explosive as to be worth killing-and even dying-for.
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by Oliver Potzsch
by Oliver August
by Pat Barker
by John Burdett
by Guy Gavriel Kay
by Naomi Novik
by Alan Moore
"Known as the ÒFairytale King,Ó Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned amid mysterious circumstances. Oliver Potzsch uses this piece of history to create a murder mystery that takes the listener from the present to the past and back again. Narrator Simon Vance propels the story with his rich tone and subtle phrasing as he brings the listener intimately into the action of the plot. As the present-day art historian Sara Lengfeld and book antiquarian Steven Lukas become entwined in a murder, they must solve a mystery surrounding King Ludwig. VanceÕs proficient vocal ability brings the king to life and smoothly connects the actions of the main characters. M.N.T. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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