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Daily Deals: “The Hangman’s Daughter” Thriller Series and So You Think You Know Words Pro

The Hangman's DaughterToday only, the Kindle editions of Oliver Pötzsch’s internationally best-selling “Hangman’s Daughter” historical thriller series are just $0.99 each, and the deluxe, hardcover version of “The Hangman’s Daughter” is 60% off. The price is $0.99 for each books.

 

1. The Hangman’s Daughter

Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman’s Daughter–the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch–a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

 

 

2. The Dark Monk: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale (US Edition)

1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.

The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (US Edition)

Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl; his headstrong daughter, Magdalena; and the town physician’s son team up with the priest’s aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

But they’re not the only ones after the legendary fortune. A team of dangerous and mysterious monks is always close behind, tracking their every move, speaking Latin in the shadows, giving off a strange, intoxicating scent. And to throw the hangman off their trail, they have ensured he is tasked with capturing a band of thieves roving the countryside attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

Delivering on the promise of his international best seller The Hangman’s Daughter, Oliver Pötzsch takes us on a whirlwind tour–once again based on prodigious historical research into his own family tree–through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries, bringing to life an unforgettable hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of 17th-century Bavaria as it navigates the lasting impacts of war, and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.

 

So You Think You Know Words ProSo You Think You Know Words Pro” – is the name of an application for your Kindle Fire. You can download it for free today only.

If you like word games, you’re gonna love So You Think You Know Words! It’s the great new word game that’s truly all about words. Puzzles made by a New York Times Crossword Puzzle builder.

Playing is simple: find three answers for each clue. Take all the time you need – there’s no timer, no scorecard, and no penalty for wrong guesses. Sounds easy, right? Think again! There are some real zingers in there! A little like crossword puzzles, but without those fussy grids.

400 puzzles included in SYTYKW PRO!

 

Kindle Fire 2 Interface Improvements

While the Kindle Fire’s interface is one of its biggest selling points, there are a number of things that might be done to improve the user experience further.  It would be silly to make things more like the stock Android environment given the extent of Amazon’s breaking away from Google’s ecosystem, but there are still other directions that things could easily go.

The things that would be nice to see in Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet are plentiful, but here are a few that would be especially nice on the software side of things:

Better Appstore Integration

Overall the experience of shopping for and downloading apps is quite nice.  What would be nicer is the ability to install an app you own without being redirected to the Store Page.  In the Apps tab’s Cloud display, installable apps have the option to “Install” right in their context menu.  Unfortunately, selecting this does nothing more than selecting the icon does.  There is no need for the extra step.

Expanded Codec Selection

The Kindle Fire is a video consumption device, at its core.  While there is little local storage compared to some tablets, there is more than enough available to carry around several movies at a time.  Finding video that will play on the tablet is more problematic, thanks to the currently limited selection of video codecs.  This was likely an attempt by Amazon to get customers used to using the Instant Video service, but if somebody is going to the effort of side-loading their own videos then it’s not really worth the inconvenience caused by preventing the viewing.

Menu Bar Controls

It’s often a gamble as to whether the thin black options menu at the bottom of the Kindle Fire’s screen will disappear when I want something to be full screen.  While it is understandable that Amazon feels the need to keep this available on a device that lacks physical controls of any sort, the option to completely hide it rather than simply minimizing it would be more than welcome.

Expanded Parental Controls

The more recent firmware updates have added in a fair number of parental control options.  It’s a good start.  There are still cases, however, where more could be done.  It would be great to see Amazon put some more effort into this and release a set of more intricate settings.  This is especially important now that we’re finally seeing in-app purchasing, social gaming, and other such features that will appeal to younger users.

The Kindle Fire 2 is going to be a strong product.  We know that Amazon has put some real work into the redesign and can hope that the software side received similar attention.  With the competition breathing down their neck, now is the time to really impress potential customers.

Are there any features that you would like to see added or improved for the upcoming release?