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.

Blog Comments

Thank you for your reply, Annelie. The content is a very creative way of engaging your readers as well as a sneak peek at your writing process. Both of your websites (this one and the silent-witness) are artfully and professionally done… I’ll keep you as a writing and marketing standard in my mind :-), and possibly give the Reader Backstage Pass a try, as it sounds like a fantastic deal.

Hi Annelie, I am just getting into your Keeper of Pleas series (have found them by accident via reading reviews on Amazon) and so far have thoroughly enjoyed Book 1. The character of Mary is superb – “the iron fist in the velvet glove” – type of girl… I aspire to be writer myself and wonder how much time you roughly allocate to: a) researching; b) outlining/plotting; and c) first-draft writing – in any book project. Alina

Thank you, Alina! Time allocation depends on which stage the project is in. I do a lot of research before and while writing. I rarely begin with plotting, but let the characters do their thing first. At some point, though, I have to plot the crime itself, else it’s total chaos. You can watch the progress of the newest Anna Kronberg book over at
Good luck with your writing!

Please, please keep me informed. Love your other Victorian novels and think, your writing is superb.

Thank you, Mary! Book #2 is in the making…

Hello Annelie,

I’m a huge fan of your Kronberg stories and excited to read everything you write, Will this book be published only as an ebook and only in English or can I hope for a printed German copy?

Hi Carolin,
I’m working on the english print edition, and my German agent is now reading Keeper of Pleas. So with a bit of luck, a German publisher will pick it up and there’ll be a German edition in a year or two.

Hallo Annelie,

ich habe gerade den “Irischen Löwen” zu Ende gelesen. Wie schon einmal geschildert … Die Bücher der Anna-Kronberg-Serie sind die einzigen, die ich in der letzten Zeit in einem Rutsch verschlungen habe. Würde mich auch sehr über “The Coroner” auf Deutsch freuen.

So excited for this novel!!!
But is this supposed to be set before the other Anna Kronberg novels, and will our favorite characters be present? 😉

It’s set before all the Kronberg Novels (and before the Ripper murders). And it’s not a Kronberg story. Much gorier dissection scenes and darker, more complex characters than in my previous mysteries. You have been warned 🙂

Even more excited for the read now!!

But will there ever be more Anna Kronberg novels? I want to see what she and her child are up to… and if they meet with Sherlock again…..

I’ll read all that you write. I like the setting and time period. Something about the whole setting makes me want to read your books.

Annelie your website is great. I love getting the details on goes on in your world and how your keeping things rolling on your literature. Keep the stories coming. I like that you have the website with no adds and you make it all yours.

Thank you Bill 🙂

Ainslie, I love your website and your thrilling, thought provoking works! You are in my top five favorite authors of all time?


I’m going to drink to this. Cheers! *lifts glass of home-made cherry wine*

WOW!!!? This is going to be great!

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