The Ludwig Conspiracy

The Ludwig Conspiracy

A Historical Thriller

Book - 2013
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Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, is today remembered for his beautiful castles--popular tourist destinations that inspired the Disney Castle, but whose origins were much more fantastical than anything Disney could dream up. Also known as the Mad King, Ludwig was deposed in 1886 after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He promptly died--mysteriously drowned in waist-deep water--his eccentric castles his only legacy.

Master of historical suspense Oliver Pötzsch brings the Mad King back to life in The Ludwig Conspiracy. An encoded diary by one of Ludwig's confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well--and they will kill to get it. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwig's three famous castles for clues to crack the diary's code as mysterious thugs and Ludwig's fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?

Combining contemporary mystery and a gripping historical saga and centered on an ingenious code that can be cracked only with a combination of modern computers and nineteenth-century texts, The Ludwig Conspiracy is a bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangman's Daughter series.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013
ISBN: 9780547740102
0547740107
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xxii, 435 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea

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Memawrayne
Nov 14, 2015

A good, action-filled mystery around the death of Ludwig ll.
The author used historical facts interwoven into the story and I learned things I was not aware of before.

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judyhartnett
Nov 02, 2014

Fantastic! Very well written. A great historical thriller.

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jackjc777
Jun 29, 2014

I have read all but the latest "Hangman's Daughter" series and like them a lot so when I saw this by the same author I thought it would be worth my while to read it. On a scale of 1-10, I would give this a 6.5 . It isn't as good as I hoped for but it is definitely better than I thought it would be after the slow start. If you aren't a person who likes historical/period stories, I would stay away from this book. If, on the other hand, you like this sort of storyline, it is definitely worthwhile. Potzsch explains his references in the book to Ludwig really well so you don't have to know Bavarian history to enjoy the book. I would definitely recommend it.

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