I loved the first book in Theodora Goss's trilogy about the Athena Club. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter was original and fun as Goss introduced the reader to a unique view of literary characters like Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde (evidently Dr. Jekyll had offspring), Beatrice Rappacini, Justine Frankenstein, and Catherine Moreau (the puma woman for Dr. Moreau's island) and connects them to Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the Baker Street Boys.
The second book European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, however, was too long and often slow, but there were some great moments here, too.
I liked The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl better than the second book. The same flaws have persisted throughout the series plus an influx of characters who appeared in European Travel, but I did enjoy this one.
from description: Mary Jekyll and the Athena Club race to save Alice—and foil a plot to unseat the Queen, in the electrifying conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Nebula Award finalist and Locus Award winner The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.
This trilogy doesn't work as well without all of the background in the first book. If you like a good mash-up and literary characters who take on lives of their own, try the first book and get a fresh view of some literary classics. :)
Suspense/Fantasy. Oct. 1, 2019. Print length: 448 pages.