READER REVIEW: "Laurie King's Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series was one of my favorites, especially the early books but I have to say this interpretation is smashing. Anna Kronberg is a kick-butt heroine and a clear match for the "tall thin man with piercing gray eyes". The Reader finds all of the usual Holmesean suspects in "The Devils Grin" but a sinister new cast is so skillfully inserted into the late 19th century classic I would have sworn that they must have been in the original stories. I could almost smell the stench of London. Wendeberg's seamless addition of a completely new character, Anna, enhances Conan Doyle's work.
Once or twice the writer got in the way of the story, a few very short scenes/visions or dreams (not sure which) that were confusing but the writer was so well informed about the medical and historic details the plot was built around, it was a thrill to feel that "the game was afoot". Suspenseful, authentic yet innovative and faithful to the original Sherlock Holmes character--can't wish for a better combination.
This is a skillful writer and a thinking one, no easy outs and no lazy solutions." --Merik Berghs
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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.
Annelie Wendeberg holds an adjunct professorship at the Uppsala University in Sweden while working at the UFZ in Germany. Her job as a scientist has washed her onto many shores, such as the famous Caltech or the middle of the North Atlanic during rough autumn storms.
She lives in a small village near Leipzig, together with her husband, two small kids, several ferocious chickens, a border collie, and a calico cat from the dump. Their greatest adventure thus far (besides giving birth at home) was to buy a 500-year old school and restore its historic charm (work in progress).
Occasionally, she works as a science adivsor for authors and film makers. She runs two science blogs: An English one (www.sciencezest.com) and one for a large German newspaper (http://blog.lvz-online.de/microblog/).
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