The Devil's Grin

The Devil's Grin

by A. Wendeberg
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The Devil's Grin by A. Wendeberg

" of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of all time." Sherlock Holmes Magazine
"...a formidable dark-romantic conspiracy novel. A duel of two deduction monsters." Die Welt

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044226685
Publisher: A. Wendeberg
Publication date: 09/16/2012
Series: Anna Kronberg Novel , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 128,918
File size: 889 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Annelie Wendeberg is a scientist and the author of the award-winning Anna Kronberg series that has been as high as #15 on Amazon and #3 on B&N. Publishers in five countries have purchased the rights to her books. When she's not herding goats, Annelie entertains herself with creating dark heroines and antiheros, and throwing them into mortal danger as quickly as possible. A note of warning: Annelie has an allergy to the term "strong female character" because it implies that strong women are rare or exist only in fiction. Readers have compared Annelie's writing to that of Louise Penny, Caleb Carr, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alan Bradley, Ariana Franklin, Anne Perry, and Robin LeFevers. Visit her at She usually replies to questions left on her homepage pretty quickly. If she's not herding goats, that is...

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The Devil's Grin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
LolaPC More than 1 year ago
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.
otterly More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing new viewpoint of Sherlock Holmes. Well devrloped characters. Fits well into the Holmes cannon.
dienia More than 1 year ago
this is a very good mystery , loved the history . if you like sherlock holmes this ones for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
flash963 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastically written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not a good ending not a bad ending.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have always loved reading stories about Sherlock Holmes! This one filled with such great details! I could see, taste and smell what was happening! Loved it!
Anonymous 12 months ago
A good read
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Can not readily recall why I purchased this book but extremely satisfied that I did. This story is one of the most unusual plots that I have ever read and I find it a very compelling plot line. A big highly recommended book. Off to complete the purchase of books two and three in this series. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stealing another author's character? And then not even coming close to wrting a desription or any dialog that could be recognized as Sherlock Holmes! A complete waste of time.
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting to like this story as much as I did. It was exciting. Lots of twists and turns. I loved Holmes character and I have never been a big fan of his. There was humor and even romance in a funny sort of way. Definitely a great read if you are into mystery.
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MKPMRP More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read. If you like Sherlock Holmes you'll get a kick out of this. 
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Khory More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book. Interesting take on the Holmes mythos.