The Devil's Grin

Rated 4.29/5 based on 7 reviews
London 1889. A dead man is found floating in the city’s waterworks. Fearing an epidemic, the Metropolitan Police call upon bacteriologist Dr Anton Kronberg to examine the body. All signs point toward cholera having killed the man…but for faint marks around wrists and ankles. More
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About A. Wendeberg

Annelie Wendeberg is a scientist & writer of kick-ass heroines. She has sold more than 700.000 books worldwide. When she's not writing about women who live disguised as men, about girls who jump from airplanes and blow up the global satellite network, Annelie is herding goats, making cheese, and rescuing owls.

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About the Series: An Anna Kronberg Novel
Europe, late 19th century. Antibiotics have yet to be invented, and germs take a death toll that lets the number of murders appear negligible. But when a cholera victim is found floating in one of London's drinking water supplies, Dr Anton Kronberg - England's best bacteriologist - is called upon to investigate. He 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. The two highly analytical minds provoke and annoy each other at once. Eventually, they must team up to unravel a spiderweb of murder, espionage, and bioterrorism that spreads across continents.

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Reviews of The Devil's Grin by A. Wendeberg

Alysa H reviewed on May 6, 2016

While this book is not without its good points -- Anna/Anton Kronberg is an interesting character, the murder mystery starts off pretty well, and Victorian London is vividly depicted -- I couldn't get past the awkward, erratic banter between Kronberg and Sherlock Holmes. These characters spend so much time rehashing the known plot and character points from the Holmes canon that they become rather tedious and take over everything else. In fact, the whole thing in general is a bit tedious, and it's a shame because the writing shows a lot of promise.

I love when writers try to do something new with classic characters (I also love good fan fiction, and have myself tried to write some in the past, but that's beside the point here). However, in this case I think I'd have preferred a book about just Kronberg and other original characters, perhaps with a Holmes cameo or two, as opposed to this shoehorning of what could have been great original fiction into what's essentially a Sherlock Holmes fan novel.
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Danny Knestaut reviewed 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 8 days after purchase)
Elizabeth Davies reviewed on Nov. 2, 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.
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F zahia reviewed on Aug. 29, 2014

fantastic storyline
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brayden reviewed on Sep. 8, 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.
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Carolyn Marietta reviewed 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 22 days after purchase)
Ruben Zorrilla reviewed on Sep. 19, 2012

The Devil's Grin is an excellent novel, Five Stars!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

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