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The Devil's Grin (An Anna Kronberg Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Annelie Wendeberg
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (598 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Book #1 of the award-winning Kronberg thriller trilogy.
In Victorian London's cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murders remains undiscovered until a cholera victim is found floating in the city's drinking water supply. Dr Anton Kronberg, England's best bacteriologist, is called upon to investigate and finds evidence of abduction and medical maltreatment. While Scotland Yard has little interest in pursuing the case, Kronberg pushes on and crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes. The detective immediately discovers Kronberg's secret - a woman masquerading as a man in order to practice medicine - a criminal deed that could land her in prison for years to come. But both must join forces to stop a crime so monstrous, it outshines Jack the Ripper's deeds in brutality and cold-bloodedness.

Editorial Reviews


Awarded the "Blue Carbuncle" (by the German Sherlock Holmes Society) for best Sherlock Holmes novel 2014

" of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of all times." Sherlock Holmes Magazin (on the German edition)

"...a formidable dark-romantic conspiracy novel. A duel of two deduction monsters." Die Welt (on the German edition)

"...a powerful debut." Stuttgarter Zeitung (on the German edition)

"...the new dream team of detective literature." KrimiLese (on the German edition)

"...provocative and original..." Peter Kavanagh, CBC Radio Producer

"A brilliant page turner..." BookBub

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1381 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Annelie Wendeberg; 6 (DRM-free) edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Arthur Conan Doyle must be...well...grinning October 28, 2012
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As a devotee of the multiple PBS incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, I was pleased to find I could easily picture him in the pages of Ms. Wendeberg's rendering.

I thought she did a masterful job of describing the woeful state of early sanitation, gruesome autopsies, general medicine and the significant gender issues rampant in that time.

It was an interesting concept that worked well except for a couple of slippages in vernacular which seemed out of character such as "how the heck will you know?" I would have expected something more along the lines of "Tarnation" or "Thunder."

Given the fact that proofreading was a big part of my professional life, I tend to go on automatic pilot and was minorly disappointed to see a few too many careless errors along the line of trails for trials, lead for led, fried for friend, nervous tick for tic, diseased for deceased, loosing for losing, and where for were. Those should have been caught in the editing process, especially important if the author is not a native English speaker...not sure if this is the case with Ms. Wendeberg or not.

In this case, however (unlike many other e-books), I liked the story presentation well enough to try another of the author's tales and hold out hope that similar errors will be caught and corrected.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished reading this on my Kindle. It was enjoyable but the book is marred by poor editing. Every few pages contained errors (e.g., using "where" instead of "wear"). And even though it's an interesting story (a female doctor disguised as a male doctor, who starts working with Sherlock Holmes to solve a crime), I found the end unsatisfying. It was as if the story just ended midstream without really resolving anything.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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Disclosure: I bought it at the $0.99 bargain price.

Even at this price, I object. This is not a complete story. It's a teaser or a sample. It ends in mid-story with nothing resolved. I don't know Annelie Wendeberg's intentions for the series, so I don't know whether anything will ever be resolved. You must decide for yourself whether she and her publishers are playing fair with regard to how the book is presented. I deducted a star because of it.

To me, the clearest reason for thinking she is not playing fair is the last sentence--NOT a spoiler!: "That day, neither of knew that we had punched a considerable hole into Professor Moriarty's criminal spider web."

"Professor Moriarty?" Huh? Professor WHO? _This is the first time he is mentioned in the book._ There's no setup, no explanation. Some readers might not even know the name. Even some readers _who have read Sherlock Holmes_ might not know it; he is mentioned in only a handful of the stories. To introduce him in the last sentence and consider it to be a good way to end a novel--is unsatisfactory. Imagine "The Hobbit" ending "Little did Bilbo know he had just thwarted Sauron!"

It underlines another thing that needs to be said about the book, although I think it is fairly obvious: I don't think it will please anyone who isn't familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories, as too much of the pleasure involves recognizing the fairly skillful way she is ringing variations on the familiar theme.

The book reads well, I read it from start to finish. I thought the dialog, incidents, and storytelling aspects were skillful and enjoyable.
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107 of 129 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction, Suspense/Thriller May 26, 2013
Anna always wanted to be a doctor so she changes her name to Anton Kronberg, straps on a fake penis, and disguises herself as a man. Now recognized as Britain's foremost bacteriologist in the 19th century, it is up to her to help Sherlock Holmes solve a medical mystery and save his life.

This story needs editing. There are may word usage errors [e.g. where for were, trails for trials, lead for led, fried for friend, nervous tick for tic, diseased for deceased, and loosing for losing).
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68 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL September 30, 2012
By Ruben
Format:Kindle Edition
Sherlock Holmes fans will hate me for saying this, but I truly think this novel delivers a deeper understanding of our hero and his times.
The Devil's Grin keeps you reading not only because of the whodunit, but more intensely because of the whoisit; who is Sherlock? and who is Dr. Kronberg?
The gradual revelation of the personality of each character (and the villain!) is what keeps you glued to your book (or screen, in my case).
Great whodunit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the ending September 4, 2014
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I hate that I spent my time reading a book that ends without an ending....Don't waste your time...It wasn't that good anyway.....I certainly wouldn't buy another
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 10, 2014
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I had high hopes for ths book. The premise seemed interesting. However the poor editing detracted from the enjoyment of the book. The worst part is the book just stopped without an ending. One must buy the second book in the series for the conclusion. I very much resent that approach and will not purchase the part two. I don't mind series but feel each book in a series shoud be complete and able to stand alone. Sadly this is not the case with this book. I was taught in elementary school that a story should have s beginning, a middle and an end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative premise!
Loved this book. Very well written with a new twist on a Holmes tale!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read - couldn't put it down until I reached the end.
Published 2 days ago by Mumbo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Grin delights me
Never having read an A Wendeberg novel before, but loving the description, I purchased this kindle book. Dr. A. Read more
Published 3 days ago by PrisC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I think any Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy these novels.
Published 5 days ago by Lorna L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to character
Fun and interesting read that serves to make the Holmes universe that much bigger and further fleshes out a great character.
Published 6 days ago by Denise Perkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as Conan Doyle
Kind of a different twist on the Sherlock Holmes story line. A good story line and writing. I still prefer Conan Doyle
Published 10 days ago by R C
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing special
nothing special. The characters are dull and the dialogue stilted and the mystery uninteresting. Most of the historical detail can be found with a brief reading of Wikipedia. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the complete series!
Purchased the complete series. Satisfying, and informative. Her description of the plight of London's poverty was vividly and heartbreaking. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock
Ms wendeberg did a great job. I have read lots of sherlock stories and was worried that this was going to be a poor take off on mary russell, my all time favorites. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sandie
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the storyline
I liked the storyline, but, initially I had a hard time following it. I will probably read the other books in the series.
Published 21 days ago by Penny Rund
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More About the Author

Annelie writes stuff all the time. She's an adjunct professor in environmental microbiology, and occasionally she makes her students cry.
When she's not busy writing science papers, she blogs about science.
What most people don't know is that her head is filled with fictional characters. All too often, the poor sods have to suffer and maybe even die.
When it comes to fictional violence, Annelie Wendeberg knows her stuff. But I won't reveal details.
Well maybe only this: Lessons in forensic toxicology are the best. (that's also the place where you can find signed paperbacks)

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