16 November 2015
The Devils Grin (Kronberg Crimes) by Annelie Wendeberg
Title: The Devil’s Grin (Kronberg Crimes
Genre: Victorian thriller, Mystery
First of all, Annelie Wenderberg is a fantastic writer. So this book is highly recommended to fellow awisls as an example of good writing. Annelie knows how to write well. Her pace is smooth, her vocabulary is solid, she knows how to structure sentences and paragraphs that do not bore the reader. Ms. Wenderberg is one of the best indie authors I have had the pleasure to read.
Now the book.
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.
Dr. Anton is actually a woman in disguise. To know why she’s hiding her identity you’ll have to read the book. It was a good mystery, but I am giving it 3 stars, mainly because I didn’t care. I have read my share of Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, and I’m just not interested in him anymore. So anything that has to do with Mr. Holmes—new book, new movie, new series—does not capture my interest.
If this was written by someone else I wouldn’t care to finish it, but I read The Devil’s Grin till the end because the writing was outstanding. My only complaint is the same one I made about Annelie’s other book: the F bomb. Such beautiful writing shouldn’t be spoiled with crass language. Especially when the story is set in the Victorian era.
Annelie Wendeberg thriller mystery Victorian Sherlock Holmes
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