Annelie Wendeberg – The Devil’s Grin (Anna Kronberg Thriller #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from 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.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

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Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Šķietami neinteresanta lieta ar Temzas upē noslīkušu holeras upuri, tomēr aizķer gan Annas, gan dižā detektīva Šerloka Holmsa ziņkārību. Literatūras ziņā šī man ir pirmā sastapšanās ar Holmsu, tāpēc nemācēšu spriest, cik ļoti atšķiras vai neatšķiras no oriģināla šis Holms, un varbūt, ka tā pat labāk. Nedaudz sevi atrāda arī doktors Vatsons. Bet kustīgo bilžu ziņā gan man prakse drusku lielāka un tā teikt aktīva, skatoties seriālu Elementary. Šķiet bija tik viena epizode, kur dots mājiens par Holmsa attiecībām ar narkotiskajām vielām, ja nezinātu, varbūt pat palaistu garām.

Pa dienu Anna Kronberga kļūst par dakteri un vienu labākajiem bakteriologiem visā Anglijā Antonu Kronbergu. Konkrētais laiks, kad sievietēm tādu amatu nav ļauts ieņemt, nekas cits Annai arī neatliek. Par lielu šoku Holmss jau vien pēc dažiem mirkļiem atkož viņas īsto personu. Arī Annai, iespējams ne tik ļoti, bet piemīt labas novērošanas spējas, un tas reizē Holmsu fascinē un biedē, jo viņa spēj redzēt viņā vairāk nekā citi. Patika, kā abi tēli mijiedarbojās.

Arī Garets pavīd vien dažas reizes. Ja nebūtu lasīts prīkvels, nezinu, vai saprastu, kā viņš pazīst Annu, un, kādas ir viņu attiecības.

Izmeklēšanas gaitā Anna un Holmss vairākkārt nonāk dzīvībai bīstamās situācijās. Lielā grāmatas tēma, kā jau sākums par upuri liek manīt, ir holera, kas blīvi apdzīvotājās pilsētas daļās (biežāk nabadzīgākie) laupa lielu skaitu dzīvību. Cēlu mērķu vārda daļa ārstu ir gatavi savos meklējumos pēc vakcīnas upurēt pāris nelaimīgos, par kuriem neviens nepārdzīvos un nemeklēs.

Kopā ar Holmsu Anna izmanto savu statusu, lai atklātu, kas notika ar noslīkušo pirms viņa sastapšanās ar upes ūdeņiem. Bet vai tas nesagraus tik veiksmīgi izveidoto otro dzīvi? To laikam varēs uzzināt vien, ja ķeršos klāt nākamajai triloģijas grāmatai. : )

                                                                                                                                           

At the first glance a case where a body infected with cholera is found floating in reservoir next to Thames, but it is enough to spark the interest in Anna and in the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. In literature this is my first meeting him, so I’m not sure how much similar he is to the original, or not. And maybe that’s for the best. A little better acquaintance with Holmes I have by watching Elementary. I guess there was only one moment where there was a glimpse into his relationship with narcotic substances, if I wouldn’t know about that maybe I would have missed it.

During the day Anna Kronberg becomes a male doctor and one of the best bacteriologists in England – Anton Kronberg. The time which she lives forces her to masquerade. To shock Anna, Holmes is capable to see who she is in just few moments. But Anna also has more than good observing skill and that at the same time scares and fascinates Holmes because she not like others can see more and look deeper into him. Liked how the two characters interacted.

Garret is another character that shows up only momentarily. If I wouldn’t have read prequel I’m not sure if would have understood their relationship and how he knows Anna.

During the investigation both Anna and Holmes get themselves in life threatening situations. The big theme of the book, as the hint from victim, is cholera witch in densely inhabited parts of the city (mostly the poor) takes a lot of lives. In the name to find a vaccine some doctors are willing to sacrifice few unlucky ones that no one will look for.

Together with Holmes Anna uses her status to discover what happened to the man before he drowned and met the river. But what if that destroys Anna’s skillfully formed second life? To find out that I guess I have to read the next book in this trilogy. : )

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