The Devil's Grin

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
Book 1 of the award-winning Kronberg thriller series.
Victorian London - a cesspool of crime and disease. Behind the facade of normalcy lurks a network of medical doctors with a monstrous goal… More

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Words: 55,050
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301320226
About A. Wendeberg

Annelie Wendeberg's award-winning debut novel, The Devil's Grin, is the first book in Anna Kronberg Thriller Series that has sold more than 200,000 copies in the US, and is being translated into 5 languages.

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Review by: Danny Knestaut on March 30, 2015 :
The Devil's Grin opened on a strong start and wasted no time getting me to care about the main character Anna Kronberg--a woman in Victorian England who investigates a murder and uncovers a large network of unethical doctors. The author's portrayal of Kronberg is the strength of this novel, and it was what carried me through this book, and why I'll add the sequel to my to-read list.

Like many self-published books, this one could have benefited from some more polish. There were numerous typographical errors, but fewer than most self-published books. The author's style was a bit passive at times. Also, around the middle of the novella, the story lost some focus and wandered around a bit before finding its way to a quick and tidy climax in which I wished Kronberg would have played a more prominent and active roll.

All in all, it was a fast, character-driven read that was worth the time.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Davies on Nov. 02, 2014 :
I love the premise of this novel - a woman forced to impersonate a man in order to practice medicine.Having a husband who is a keen Sherlock fan, and therefore having watched and read most of the Holmes stuff around, i was delighted to discover this novel, where the great man himself is a foil to a woman, one equally as discerning and intelligent as he is. It takes some skill to incorporate such a well-known figure as Sherlock Holmes into a story, and he loses none of his mystery, and I feel the author ensure he stays true to his original character, whilst at the same time not being the focus of the novel.
The author's writing style is a glorious mix of sparsity and detail, allowing the reader to insert themselves into Anna's head. The writing is fluid and easy on the eye and mind, but at the same time adult and complex. Anna is almost a female Dr Watson, with all the emotional intrigue that this entails, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sexual frisson between her and Sherlock.
This is a richly dark and Victorian piece of fiction, and I can't wait to read the next one.
(review of free book)

Review by: F zahia on Aug. 29, 2014 :
fantastic storyline
(review of free book)

Review by: brayden on Sep. 08, 2013 :
An exceptional and fascinating Victorian mystery/thriller that is so expertly researched and written, that it quickly draws you into the story and maintains the suspense and intrigue throughout.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carolyn Marietta on June 30, 2013 :
Being a huge Mary Russell (Laurie King)fan, I thought The Devil's Grin was a very good read. I can't wait for the second installment, The Fall (read the teaser). At least four stars for those of you (like me) who prefer a bit of macabre with your intellectual, competent, and cerebrally, as well as sexually charged female protagonists.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ruben Zorrilla on Sep. 19, 2012 :
The Devil's Grin is an excellent novel, Five Stars!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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