I read The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter last year and loved it.
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman is the sequel that takes the Athena Club (Mary Jekyll, Catherine Moreau, Beatrice Rappaccini, Justine Frankenstein, and Diana Hyde) on another exciting adventure.
Don't read this one without having read the The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter first; the sequel depends on the characterizations established in the first book.
The Athena Club faces new and old enemies as they attempt a rescue of Lucy Van Helsing. New and interesting characters include Mina Murray Harker and Irene Adler Norton.
As in the first book, all the characters taken from the original novels and short stories (by Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mary Shelley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle) are turned on their heads. If you enjoyed any or all of the originals, you will find the Athena Club mash-ups great fun.
All of that said, however, this one is a tad long and could have been improved by judicious editing of at least 100 or so pages.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed European Travel and look forward to the next adventures of the "monstrous women" of the Athena Club.
Victorian/Fantasy. 2018. Print length: 780 pages.