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The Devil's Grin [NOOK Book]

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Book 1 of the award-winning Kronberg thriller series.
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 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 ...

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Overview

Book 1 of the award-winning Kronberg thriller series.
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 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 that could land him 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.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044226685
  • Publisher: A. Wendeberg
  • Publication date: 9/16/2012
  • Series: Anna Kronberg Thriller , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,283
  • File size: 680 KB

Meet the Author

Annelie Wendeberg writes stuff all the time. She's an adjunct professor in environmental microbiology and occasionally makes her students weep. Her head is full with fictional characters. Often, the poor sods have to suffer or die.
You can find her here: http://anneliewendeberg.com

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    Anna always wanted to be a doctor so she changes her name to Ant

    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).

    24 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Terrible

    This book was terrible. Only 160 pgs. Writing extremely stilted, although the grammar nazi was wrong, there was no spelling errors or grammar errors unless they were confusing the europeon spelling of things. The entire story was boring and made little sense. The bringing of Sherlock Holmes into it was ludicris and demeaned him. Also the ending left you hanging. I know the deal now is to write a short story then write another and charge an obscene amount for another short story, then another, then another, but this wasnt good enough to waste money on. Would not recommend. Another thing...i really wish bn would do something about these kids using the book review site as a chat room. There are plenty of other places they can go. Please bn, cant you ban them?

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    The Devil's Grin by Annelie Wendeberg is the first book in the '

    The Devil's Grin by Annelie Wendeberg is the first book in the 'Kronberg Crimes' series. 




    Set in Victorian England, this book is a mix of fiction and historical facts. Disease coats the streets and Jack the Ripper haunts the alleys. People will do anything to survive.




    The year is 1889 and Doctor Anton Kronberg has been asked for assistance in identifying a possible cholera victim at the Hampton Water Treatment Works by Scotland Yard's Inspector Gibson. Anton works at Guy's Hospital in London in the ward of infectious diseases. The best bacteriologist and epidemiologist in England. Cholera is one of many constant threats and the hospital is always packed three to a bed, leading to the further spread of disease. 




    Going to inspect the dead man, Anton meets the famous Sherlock Holmes, who surprises both Anton and the reader by discovering that Anton Kronberg is in fact Anna Kronberg, a female doctor who earned her degree in Germany. Anna is reasonably upset. This is an era where women are forbidden to study medicine or become doctors. The only women in a medical field are nurses. Anna works very hard to keep her identity secret by changing her countenance and her appearance, even going as far as to keep a bag filled with water in her trousers so her colleagues can occasional see her 'peeing' at the urinals, to leave no doubt in their minds that she is a man. If her secret was ever revealed, she would be incarcerated for life.




    Anna is just as sharp and observant as Sherlock. The two decide to work with each other (which neither of them are particularly used to or pleased about) after finding a few discrepancies on the body. The two will have to learn to deal with one another and try to get along with someone just as knowledgable as themselves. They will no doubt get on each other's nerves, but there is amicability and understanding there too. 




    As they begin to see more into the dark underworld and corrupt corporations that are involved, they begin to realise just how deep they're in. Could the man have been killed by tetanus? If so, how could he contract it without any deep wounds or without consuming a tetanus infected animal? Is it possible he was murdered? They must also learn to battle with their own dark demons and consider how far either of them are willing to go to find the truth, even if it means risking their lives or that of others. 




    The title of this book comes from one of the symptoms of a tetanus victim- a grin. It is a telltale sign of tetanus. 




    The characters are intriguing. Sherlock is Sherlock. What can I say about this character that isn't already known to every person under the sun? His depiction here is very similar to his original character. Obviously, there will be slight discrepancies, not just because of a different author, but also because he's interacting with people he's never met before. All people act differently depending on the person they're with, including Sherlock. For fans of Sherlock, don't worry, he is still true to himself, if not for the occasional phrase I couldn't quite picture him saying. 




    Sherlock himself is already a character who's interesting enough to carry the story, but Anna/Anton's character was equally compelling, to say the least. Forced to hide her gender, she spends so much time as a man, that she questions her identity. It's not that she's transgender or confused about her sexuality, but more that she has seen the pros and cons of being a member of each gender and she wonders which one it is better to be and which one she is more suited to. Add to that the fact that she must completely shed her female self, so as not to be discovered, and it's not wonder she's unsure. 




    Like Sherlock, she will push herself to her physical and mental limits to get an answer. Together, the chemistry these two characters share is palpable. I'm bringing it up because I'm sure people will wonder, but the only similarity between her and Irene is that the two are equally as intelligent as Sherlock himself. They can outwit him. But Irene is very sure of her gender and obviously loves being a woman and the ability to make Sherlock uncomfortable with it. Anna isn't even sure what gender she wants to be. Their personalities are very different and these two characters are not to be confused.




    Anna and Sherlock can singlehandedly carry this story. The plot is interesting and dark, but even if it had been terrible, I believe that Anna and Sherlock would still make it work. They're just that entertaining and thought-provoking. 




    An incomplete ending, this is a series that connects all its stories through plot, not just characters. It is not often that the same story will continue through the series. The same villain perhaps, but generally when you start a new book, a new plot begins as well. For those who aren't fans of endings without resolution, there is enough of a conclusion to satisfy. We just aren't given the whole picture. The final line will leave fans of both this book's characters and Sherlock Holmes hurrying to the next instalment. 




    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

    7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Feminism and false history

    Women were graduating from medical schools, so the author's pretense is foolish. Holmes had no need for Anton/Anna to solve the case. In point of fact, the addition of Watson and Holmes to the story barely redeemed the narrative.

    I really wanted the story to work. But the author's terrible dialog, poor pacing, and weak use of language was such a detriment that I slogged through it, begging for the end.

    I concur with the reviewers who said she needed an editor, though I would amend that to say she needs a critical edotor,maybe one with an eye for Doyle, Raymond Chandler, and/or Agatha Christie. Writing period fiction requires skill this author needs to hone before her work is worthy to include the man from Baker Street.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Wonderful story

    I was concerned about what the author would do with Holmes, but I worried needlessly. Fantastic story with a well developed plot and fully fleshed out characters. I can't wait to read the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    If you love blends of historical fact and fiction, The Devil's G

    If you love blends of historical fact and fiction, The Devil's Grin is for you. It's a fascinating and compelling story of a woman forced to live as a man in order to study medicine in London at the end of the 19th century. Although she is one of the most brilliant minds of her day, she would be humiliated and ignored if her colleagues discovered her true identity. In order to maintain her sanity and her sense of self, she maintains an elaborate and time-consuming daily system of changing from man to woman and back again, spending her days as the renowned and respected Dr. Anton Kronberg, and her nights as Anna Kronberg, living in one of the worst slums of London.
    When Dr. Anton Kronberg is called in to consult on a cholera death, she meets Sherlock Holmes, who immediately realizes her disguise. Rather than "out" her, he quickly realizes her incredibly adept and agile intellect is a match for his own, and treats her as a peer in his investigation. As they dig deeper into the suspicious aspects of the victim's death, both are placed in great danger, even as a discreet and unspoken attraction grows between them.
    This fascinating mystery unfolds against a backdrop of London in 1895 and the inherent dangers of the city.
    Anna is a fascinating creature. Encouraged by her poor father in her academic studies, she somehow has the intestinal fortitude to live as a man in order to go to medical school, and then to practice as a professor and scientist. She's in constant danger as a woman living in the slums, and also as her male alter ego, because if she's discovered she risks jail. Her unflagging mental vigilance, combined with her complicated twice daily gender switches is exhausting, and yet she has such a strong moral compass that she is able to stay the course.
    I loved this book, and can't wait to read the next one.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    Loved it.

    This was a great read from beginning to end. The story line kept me turning pages well into the night. It was well-written and suspenseful. I would highly recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    Hey, It's Another Sherlock Holmes Story

    The narrator of this story is Dr. Anna or Anton Kronberg. Since women are not allowed to practice medicine at this time, she disguises herself as a man during the day for her work as a bacteriologist, battling to find the causes of cholera and typhoid. There are romantic or sexual ties to Sherlock and another man. Someone who likes the history of medicine, or Sherlock Holmes should like this. I would be interested in reading at least one more book in the series. I found it to be more enjoyable than Bed of Nails. A book club might be interested in discussing this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Loved it!

    Stats: 160 nook pages. Turn of the century mystery. Fabulous free book. Hopefully the first of many in a long series. Will definitely purchase the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Well written mystery.

    Intriguing new viewpoint of Sherlock Holmes. Well devrloped characters. Fits well into the Holmes cannon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    this is a very good mystery , loved the history . if you like s

    this is a very good mystery , loved the history . if you like sherlock holmes this ones for you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    I haven't read the book because I spent so much time deleting th

    I haven't read the book because I spent so much time deleting the crap msgs from punks spamming the site that I never got around to the book itself.
    However, I did notice that someone who is verging on illiteracy had the temerity to challenge the " Grammar Nazi " on his review which indicated numerous spelling errors and grammatical misuse. 
    Perhaps this person should open a dictionary before posting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Can't wait for the next one!

    I really liked this story, can't wait for the next in the series to come out. Will be looking for more books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Most interesting

    When I began reading I was not sure that I wanted anyone to "mess" with my memories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it grabbed me immediately. I have not yet finished reading the book, but I will keep reading until I discover the solution.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Loved Love anything to do with Sherlock!!

    Fantastically written

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    not good

    not a good ending not a bad ending...no ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Hannah

    "Hey guys!"

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    So much like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Being a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I enjoyed this refreshing take on his romantic side. Very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Good Read!

    The book started off slow, but it quickly became exciting and interesting. A different twist to what happens to Sherlock Holmes after Dr. Watson marries.
    I really did enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Ok book

    I think this author has to believe in his own ability more. Hopefully the next book will have only the characters the author grows and develops on his own.

    I liked the book, but it would've been better without Holmes. Thus only 2 stars.

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