Victorian Mysteries & Thrillers:

The Lion’s Courtship


“…so well written it belongs aside Oliver Twist, Wuthering Heights and other classics.”
“I stayed up most of the night savouring this novel.”
“I loved it on so many levels. Every free minute between taking care of my young kids was spent engrossed in this series. An intelligent and exciting story line with amazing characters.”

Anna Kronberg lives in Victorian London’s worst rookery, offering medical treatment to prostitutes, vagrants, and criminals. To her, plugging holes and mopping up blood is normal. Stitching the slashed face of a young prostitute is not. Witnesses refuse to talk. The police can’t be bothered with yet another injured whore. But whispers are spreading about a man who pays well for a few harmless knife marks.

No one dares reveal the man’s identity. Only Garret O’Hare – a thief Anna barely knows – reluctantly agrees to help her investigate the assault.
But when the injured girl disappears, a veil of silence descends upon the slum. And Anna learns that she is no longer the hunter, but the hunted.

Warning: medical procedures, poverty, and prostitution are depicted without apology.

The Devil’s Grin


Best Sherlock Holmes Novel 2014 (German Sherlock Holmes Society)

“A duel of two deduction monsters.”

“…a powerful debut.”

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.

The Fall


“…dynamite! (…)  unparalleled in detective literature.” 

Would you kill your father to save the lives of thousands?

Anna Kronberg wakes up with a gun to her head. James Moriarty offers her a single bargain: to develop biological weapons for him, or she and her father will die.

As Britain’s foremost bacteriologist she certainly has the skills. But will she make a deal with the devil and aid in mass murder? Or will she sacrifice the only family she has left?
Anna sees only one way out: She has to play a dangerous game of deception. If she fails, her experiments with deadly diseases will have terrifying and far-reaching consequences.

The Journey


What would you do if your darkest nightmare came true?

For Anna Kronberg, time is running out. Hunted by an assassin, she has to find the true motivation behind her dead husband’s plan to create weapons for germ warfare. Bit by bit, she and Sherlock Holmes unravel a web of crime, espionage, and bioterrorism that spreads across continents.
But all too soon, Anna realises that she can’t outrun the brutal and cunning man who follows their every step.

Silent Witnesses


Only two people in this world know my name.

I am one.

The other is believed dead.

Dr Elizabeth Arlington keeps her past buried. But when a woman is killed in a train accident, she falls into old habits and examines the body. All evidence points to murder.
Soon, a second victim is found, and a photograph left at the scene incriminates Elizabeth. Now the prime suspect, she must hurry to catch the killer before the police arrest her. But when he strikes again, Elizabeth discovers a terrifying truth.

River of Bones


A boy is found huddled up to a decomposing body. No one knows where the two came from. And neither will talk.

Inspector McCurley of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation consults Doctor Elizabeth Arlington, hoping she can reach the catatonic boy, and help shed light on this mysterious case.
As she and McCurley are drawn deep into a world of corruption and murder, they uncover a chilling past still chasing the boy.
But now it’s chasing them.

Keeper of Pleas

Keeper of Pleas – Book 1

“…vast imagination, skilful plot twists and remarkably interesting characters.”

“Masterful, original and refreshingly well-written.”

“This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.”


On December 10, 1880, Coroner Sévère makes a gruesome discovery: nine newborns, buried in flowerpots, and hidden in plain sight in Whitechapel. A mortician receives the bodies and vanishes. Clues for the two seemingly unconnected cases are scarce.

When police and coroner learn that the missing mortician might have spent his last moments at the bosom of the infamous prostitute Miss Mary, a series of events is nudged into motion. Lies are unearthed, rumours spread. Yet, the killer remains a faceless phantom.

His secret seems buried forever.

Until the night Sévère requests Miss Mary’s services…


Read the 1880s Coroner Case Notes Archive

Spider Silk

Keeper of Pleas – Book 2

Coroner Sévère has it all: a beautiful young wife, money, influence…and secrets.

Not only is a disease slowly crippling him, but his wife, Olivia, is a former prostitute who once served the Chief Magistrate himself — a man with cruel appetites.

When Sévère and Olivia begin to investigate the heinous crimes of Chief Magistrate Frost, more than the Coroner’s career is at risk.

Sévère might just end up at the gallows.

Post-apocalyptic Thrillers:


1/2986 – Book 1

“thrilling” Readers’ Favorite
“Riveting!” Book Addict
“the ultimate climate change thriller series.” A Thrill A Week Reviews
“exceptionally well written.” Amie’s Book Reviews

I’ve reached my expiration date.
Not that it matters. We’re all going to die.

To sixteen-year-old Micka, all words have flavors and emotions come with such force that she can’t help but carve them into her skin. The night she decides to kill herself, she meets Runner — a mysterious stranger who makes her question everything she’s learned about the end of the world.

His message is terrifying: It wasn’t some mysterious disease that killed ten billion people. It was all our own fault. Humanity sleepwalked into climate disaster and ecocide, just to butcher and kill and rape until blood stained the seas.
Micka’s instincts urge her to stay far away from Runner. But he makes her an offer she finds hard to resist. There are only two rules she must follow:


Because the final wars were never meant to end.


1/2986 – Book 2

“a more grown up and realistic hunger games.”

“brutal, honest, heart-wrenching and beautiful.”

You don’t hear death leaping at you.

But I can hear you die.

And I can see your body growing as grey and black as the soil that drinks your blood.

Sixteen-year-oldMicka never signed up to be a hero. Yet, here she is – Sequencer’s apprentice and about to march into battle against a terrorist organisation that vowed to wipe humanity off the planet. Or what’s left of it.

She has learned how to kill.

Now she must learn that the price of survival can be unbearably high.


1/2986 – Book 3

“right up there with Hunger Games.”
“intense and unexpected.”
“shockingly plausible”

People think I survived. But that’s an illusion.

After two years of hell in prison camp, Micka wants only one thing: To end the Brothers and Sisters of the Apocalypse. She embarks on a race across five thousand kilometres of ice and snow, knowing it’s a suicide mission.

But she has nothing left to lose.

Blog Comments

I just read all four of the Micka books in four days and I’m losing my mind over what’s gonna happen next. Fantastic writing. A series hasn’t kept me this on edge (or made me sob like a baby) in years! Thank you for your beautiful writing.

Aw, thank you so much, Brenna!

My usual whining. Because I’m reverting to being a four year old evidently. More Sévère and Olivia, please ma’am. Because I’m sure you appreciate a reader who evidently knows your writing schedule and time constraints better than you do. Or I could just be letting you know I’ve shown up here. You chose.

Ha! I was just thinking about Olivia & Sévère today, wondering whether or not I can simultaneously write their next story (it’s gonna be SO DARK!) and the next Micka book. But I might take a 2 week writing break after publishing Vow, because our house looks like a bear cave, and my kids have forgotten my name.

Just finished reading Spider Silk, and now I cannot wait for the next in the Keeper of Pleas series!

Thank you, Monika!

Hi there, I do hope you are planning on continuing The Keepers of the Pleas series?

Oh, yes!

Please bring her back!

I will! Actually working on it already 🙂

Please bring Micka back. A final resolution is in order. Read all 3 books in one week.
Great story rolling.
Grandpa (75) from California

I totally want to! And I already made a plan for it:

Fantastic writing! Riveting me as well as the Sci-Fi Greats! Read your Sci-Fi 1st, fell in love, now all of Anna. Then everything you ever write. Hooked, will recommend. Wonderful works!

Been a while since I was driven to stay up all night to finish a series! All four of Anna are stupendous, and I can’t wait to see her again with Sherlock.

Read Moriarty and thoroughly enjoyed it! I ran out of Laurie R. King’s books on Mr.and Mrs. S. Holmes, so discovering your books was a godsend. Hope you write more so we can find out how Anna is coping, and how she teams up with Sherlock again. Thank you for a good read.

where can i possibly read these books?? i badly want to read them..

Hi Jamie, the books are available at all major retailers. There’s also a free version of The Devil’s Grin on Wattpad (see menu item “book” -> “free stories”)

I will dearly miss Anna if her story is finished. I’d love to see who she becomes after her “journey.” Thanks so much for this trilogy! I loved them all.

Hi….just finished reading all 3 Kronberg books. Loved them so much. Are there going to be more in this series?

Hi Deepika, I’m so glad you like my stories! There might be another Anna Kronberg book, but first I’ll finish my second SciFi.

Loved Devil’s Grin and we will be discussing it at book club. Have read the Fall and now starting Journey. Love your writing! Found your first book on Book Bub. hooray!!!!!

This is so cool, Helen! If your book club has question – I’m more than happy to answer them (per Skype or email).

I enjoyed your book very much.

Whew! Glad to know I didn’t goof up by not reading the lion first…guess it will follow the journey…and thanks for the tip on moriarty…

Loved the grin and the fall…just downloaded the journey and can’t wait to get into it…should I have read moriarty and the lion first? Fabulous books and keeps well with the sherlock theme and tradition…..

Dear Lynne, thank you for reading and letting me know that you loved both book! The Lion’s Courtship is the prequel to the GRIN and works as a standalone. Moriarty is the illustrated complier of GRIN, FALL, and JOURNEY – so please don’t buy this one because you’ll not get a new book.

I enjoyed The Devil’s Grin, of course.However, as a retired professor of criminal justice, I found it implausible that wealthy and respected physicians would so promptly be both convicted and hung. Even the US, with its enthusiasm for the death penalty rarely, if ever, executes a rich man.

I’m glad you like the GRIN!
With the murders Burke and Hare committed for the anatomist Dr Robert Knox in the 1830s (and the resulting sensitivity of the public to this topic), and the close to 100 hung murderers between 1880 and 1900 (counting only those convicted at London’s Central Criminal Court), I found it quite okay to kill off my bad guys on the gallows. But yes, hanging the rich was unusual.
You can see Old Bayley’s hung murderers (1880-1900) here:

I have been a big fan since the devils grin;so iam looking foreward to the release of the lions courtship

I read The Devil’s Grin and The Fall in 2 days off my iPad and they were amazing. I CAN’T WAIT for the third. CAN’T. WAIT. As someone both interested in literature, history, Sherlock Holmes, romance, and microbiology, this is almost literally my dream series. The Journey cannot come out soon enough.

Weeeeeeh! Lovely! Thank you, Zoe.
Try “The Remedy” by Thomas Goetz. He writes about Doyle and Koch and the (fake) tuberculosis remedy.
A very well written and exciting non-fiction book.

Forget the covers! The stories are much more worthy of praise. As a lover of both a good mystery and greater characters, I thoroughly enjoyed book one. Downloading book two now.

Wow! Thank you Diana! I hope you enjoy book 2.

I do like the covers of your books.

Thank you, Armie. I’m having a lot of fun designing them. But they keep me from writing, ’em boogers…

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