How the Hangman Lost His Heart
by K. M. Grant
Review by Mel Jacob
Walker Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802796721
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In her latest young adult novel, How the Hangman Lost His heart, Katie Grant offers a tongue-in-cheek, rollicking romp through 18th Century London as she follows the adventures of teen-age Alice Towneley, niece of the traitor Colonel Towneley. Alice sneaks out to witness her beloved uncle Frank's execution for supporting Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite rebellion against George II, King of England. For these actions, the King condemns Colonel Towneley, to hanging followed by drawing and quartering with the traitor's severed head to be mounted on the Temple Bar as a warning to others. From official release/information:
Book Description: What's a nice girl like Alice doing with a hangman called Dan Skinslicer? He likes a good clean killing and a hearty supper afterwards. She likes pretty dresses and riding a well-bred horse. But fate throws them together on a mission of mercy--to save Alice's poor uncle Frank's head and restore his dignity. Soon they find themselves on the run from every soldier in London. It could be their necks next!
(Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)