No bingo yet, but I do have the first column already read and just need some squares to be called. I am currently reading a romantic suspense book which will give me another bingo in the last column.
1. Spellbound: A Match Made in Spell by Regina Welling and Erin Lynn
2. Modern Noir: In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
3. Shifters: Croc's Return (Bitten Point #1) by Eve Langlais
4. Baker St. Irregulars: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective #1: The Demon of River Heights by Carolyn Keene, Stefan Petrucha, Sho Murase
5. Dead Lands: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer, Julia Laud, Tony Lee
6. Relics and Curiosities:
7. Creepy Carnivals:
8. Southern Gothic:
9. Doomsday: Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes That Fought Them by Jennifer Wright and Gabra Zackman
10. New Release: Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by JD Robb
11. Genre: Suspense:
12. Country House Mystery:
13. Free Space: A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon
15. Ghost Stories:
16. Fear/Deep: The Siren by Kiera Cass
17. Cryptozoologist: Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones
18. A Grimm Tale:
20. Darkest London: Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope #1) by Susan Ella MacNeal
21. Romantic Suspense: Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin (own copy; print)
22. Amateur Sleuth: Rockets Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon
23. Diverse Authors: Presumed Guilty by Tess Gerritsen
24. Cozy Mystery: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristin Painter
25. Classic Horror: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Darkest London for Halloween Bingo!
Dr. Anton Kronberg is England's leading bacteriologist. Dr. Kronberg is called in to investigate a case of a cholera victim floating in the city's water supply. While the fact that the victim died of cholera is pretty clear cut, the way the disease was received and how the body found its way into the water supply opens up to many more mysteries. When Sherlock Holmes is also brought into the case, Dr. Kronberg has even more to fear as Holmes quickly discovers Dr. Kronberg's secret that Anton is really Anna Kronberg. Holmes and Anna find a tenuous relationship as the case brings them into dangerous scenarios with devious men and treacherous plots.
The Devil's Grin is an engaging Victorian Era mystery. Dr. Kronberg is a very interesting character. Her choice to live as a man in order to practice medicine is honorable, yet has many difficulties and bears the consequence of death if found out. Since she could legally practice medicine as a woman in other countries, this seems like a strange and dangerous predicament to place herself into. Other than that, I really enjoyed the sharp and witty writing, the mystery and the passion behind Anna's character. The mystery was a slow burn and grew on me with a series of well crafted layers that started with what seemed like a simple case but quickly grew into a large conspiracy that took Anna under cover. Another interesting aspect of the story was Sherlock's character, a tortured soul and amazing detective, yet very different from the classic Holmes character. Overall, an engaging historical thriller in Victorian London.
This book was a fun ride. I really liked Maggie and the gang and the world building was immersive without needing lots of exposition or details (at least for me, as I have to been London a lot). The era already lends itself to secrecy and double agents. I am planning on reading a lot from this series in the next couple of months to catch up. Definitely #TeamSnodgrass 4ever.