#ThrowbackThursday – The Devil’s Grin by Annalie Wendeberg


Renee began the #ThrowbackThursday meme on her blog, It’s Book Talk to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out. And, if you’d like to join the fun, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic from her website. Just provide the link back to her please).

The Devil's Grin by A WendebergThis week I am highlighting Annalie Wendeberg, another terrific, prolific author who The Devil’s Grin #1 (or 2?) of the Anna Kronberg Thriller series, which I reviewed on Goodreads. She has actually written six in the series, but also other series as well. This novel was originally self-published on CreateSpace, March 24, 2013. (Numerous dates for ebook as well as covers listed.) She consistently runs approximately 4.3+ stars for any of her books sold on Amazon. Sometimes the author’s own story is as fascinating as her books–check out her bios.)

Originally posted May 26, 2016

Book Blurb:

(Amazon) 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.

Evidence for a crime is weak, and the police lose interest in the case. But Kronberg suspects that the dead man’s final days had been steeped in cruelty. Soon, a second victim is found, and Kronberg gets embroiled in a web of abduction, abuse, and murder.

But catching a killer and staying alive would be easier if the doctor didn’t have secrets of…her own.

Warning: medical procedures are depicted without apology.


(Goodreads)At the turn of the 19th century, bacteriological research has made a tremendous leap. When epidemics were still untamed and claimed thousands of lives, Pasteur and Koch isolated deadly bacteria to develop vaccines. Biological warfare was but a small step away…

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.

Warning: This book contains foul language, non-explicit sex-scenes, explicit dissection scenes, violence, and considerable female power.

My Review:

The Devil's Grin by Annelie WendebergIt’s always difficult to revert a century or more and pick up normally spoken idioms, slang, or vernacular. In this case, we are taken back to the Sherlock Holmes era and Victorian London with Anton (Anna) Kronberg, premier bacteriologist who mixes with Sherlock Holmes on a particularly vexing case involving possible (spoiler alert) bacterial warfare.

I’m aware that those times probably did not always allow that the mental capacity of a woman might be capable of being a doctor, although there were certainly enough stories regarding capable nurses. (And we can point to some amazing scientists of the era–female–one in particular who won the Nobel Prize(s).) In this case, then Anna’s gender problem was created–to the extent of her actually strapping on a fake penis and then it was difficult to keep her gender hoax completely hidden. I’m really not sure she would have had to go to these lengths to perform a normal medical practice, but she did, then went home, unbound her breasts, removed the penis, and put on a dress.

The descriptions of 19th Century London living conditions are enough to make you exceedingly happy to live this century–so much for historical fantasies! It is so graphic you can smell the effluence in the streets. I had a little difficulty digesting the (possible romantic) link between Anna and Sherlock. Definitely Sherlock’s intellectual equal, however, and the banter and dialogue exchanges between the two were fun.

Aside from that–the plot holds an interesting premise and moves fairly well. The storyline is well laid out and the tension builds well. The conclusion is somewhat blurred, which is apparently meant to lead into the next of the series, but leaves many unanswered questions. Detracting from the book are the many glaring edit problems, although with the number of editions of this offering, I assume will be correctly edited out by now.

I was interested in the historical aspect of the book and was able to download a freebie offering from BookBub (good ole BookBub!) and was happy to read and review. The plot was a new one for me. I would entertain reading another and can recommend as a Victorian thriller, mystery, suspense, and police procedural. (But remember–you’ve been warned!)


The Lion’s Courtship – Anna Kronberg Book 1

The Devil’s Grin – Anna Kronberg Book 2

The Fall – Anna Kronberg Book 3

The Journey – Anna Kronberg Book 4

Silent Witnesses – Anna Kronberg Book 5

River of Bones – Anna Kronberg Book 6

 Add to Goodreads

About the Author:

Annalie Wendeberg - author-scientist(Amazon) Join Annelie at http://www.kickassheroines.com – the social network that respects your privacy. 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 and making cheese.

Annelie Wendeberg - author-scientist(Goodreads) 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 writing about kick-ass heroines who live disguised as men… Annelie is herding goats and making cheese.

More Throwback Thursday Blogs

Renee at Its Book Talk

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Rebecca at The Book Whisperer

Lynne at Fictionophile

Sam at Clues and Reviews

Holly B at Dressedtoread

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Annie at The Misstery

Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

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I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

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