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The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

(The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,584 ratings  ·  593 reviews
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.

Life’s always an adventure for the Athena Club...especially when one of their own has been kidnapped! After their thrilling Europea
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Gallery / Saga Press
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May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
im so sad this series is over 😭 😭 😭
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
vlog coming soon. i am too emotional. i REFUSE to believe this is the end
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Despite what should have been a rather interesting tangent into Alice in Wonderland meets the Mummy with our favorite crew of strong women torn from the pages of Victorian-era penny dreadfuls and classic fantasy literature, this particular book kinda fell flat.

Not particularly bad, mind you, and I did kinda enjoy the whole idea of the Mesmerism meets the Theosophical Society meets the Golden Dawn meets Professor Moriarty... but the the way it was executed? I honestly lost interest despite my ini
Katie Colson
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Reading Vlog & Review:

I refuse to accept that this series is over. Vehemently.

I adore these characters so much. They are my family and live in my heart always.

I did not care for this book any where NEAR as much as I loved the first two. This wasn't centered around gothic literature and more about Egyptian and Greek gods. Which is all well and good but not what I signed up for. I was very confused on those elements of the book.

It was a bit of a let down. But I still l
Wanda Pedersen
Forget the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, because now we have The Athena Club. I guess we could call it the League of Monstrous Gentlewomen. Another of the feminist versions of the Victorian time period with plenty of girl power (although the main characters do get justifiably huffy about being called girls when they are full grown women).

Even the female villains outsmart their male counterparts in this particular volume. The women of the Athena Club may sometimes doubt their abilities, but
Lisa Wolf
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now THIS is how you end a trilogy! Author Theodora Goss delivers another rolicking escapade with the brave women of Athena Club, adding even more “monstrous” women to the mix.

For those new to these books, the main characters are all the daughters of famous men — mad scientists and members of the Alchemical Society, who used their own daughters as subjects of their dastardly experiments. Their goal? Biological transmutation. The outcome? Unusual women with strange, hidden talents and gifts, such
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diana and Mary Comedy Hour is back, and instead of wandering all over Europe, like they did in book two, the Athena Club has plenty to do in London. Sherlock is missing, Alice is kidnapped, and the young women have much detecting to do to find both individuals.

While I found book two of this trilogy a little too long, I didn't find that the plot dragged this time around. In fact, I found myself laughing more at Diana's antics (insulting everyone else and stuffing her face with nummies) and e
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in the series has the Athena Club back in London and mostly reconciled with the Société des Alchimistes, but looking into the abduction of Sherlock Holmes and the Athena Club's own maid Alice.

This is a much more concise volume than the previous one and the return to England feels more like familiar ground for the club members. Which is probably the biggest problem here. The first book got the band together, and there was lots of character development as the "monsters" of the club
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
You all may remember that I adored a recent read, The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter and was excited to continue with the series.  I was thrilled to receive an ARC of the final book in the trilogy and quickly checked out book two, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, but unfortunately it fell short for me.  While I devoured book one, book two felt like a chore because it lacked some serious editing.  

That said, I was still looking forward to the conclusion of The Athena Club
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

My expectations were exceedingly high for this third instalment, in light of the quality of the previous two titles. Maybe too high... It’s the problem when you keep getting amazing reads from an author. It becomes the norm, and when you get something still very good but not top notch, you get a little disappointed.

This novel features once more the colourful members of the Athena Club, this time focused on finding Alice and Sherlock, who have been taken by some nefarious group. The dastard
I'm sorry this is the last book in the series as I've really enjoyed them. ...more
Wiktoria Badora
Aug 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-physical
reread 5/22: I'm so glad I reread this series physically! this was a lovely ending to a lot of adventures and I'll come back to it sometime for sure
4.75 ⭐

first read 6/21: I didn't focus on the audio too much which I regretted later
Brogan Lane
Aug 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
'Finally, they realised they were the monsters.'

And that's The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club trilogy over. I'm sad because I enjoyed it so much and didn't want it to end. I want more and if Theodora Goss ever announced she was writing more, it would make my year. Such a unique cast of characters and an intriguing plot that kept me engaged from start to finish. The third and final instalment was a mixture of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and The Mummy (1999), set in Victorian Eng
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the first book in this series. Then, I was a little disappointed in the second book and thus was apprehensive about this third installment. However, this book brought it home. Total comfort read.
Jamie Dacyczyn
Someone recently asked me if I liked these books and I replied, "Book 1 was great, Book 2 was way too long, and Book 3 was pretty good". That really sums it up. The end.

No, really, it does seem like Goss took feedback from book 2 (way too long, too many repetitive character interruptions, too many new characters) and tried to fix these for the finale of this trilogy. The length was much more reasonable, we only met a couple of new characters, and the character comments definitely felt toned down
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-the-fcpl
Disappointing. Too many characters; it was hard to keep them all straight (and it hasn't been that long since I read the previous one.) Slow-moving; I remember coming to the halfway point and thinking "ARE WE THERE YET." Diana is still so annoying I just wish someone would slap her silly, but Alice is awesome! ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Really satisfying ending to a wonderful series.
Victoria Jane
Dec 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The third - and so far final - book in the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series involved ancient Egyptian magic, Sherlock Holmes and a plot to bring down the monarchy and I throughly enjoyed it!

These books are fun, fast paced and full of heart and I’d really recommend them!

I’d also recommend the audiobooks - read by Kate Redding - as she does a fabulous job of bringing the story to life.
Beau North
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series. The last paragraph had me crying in the middle of the grocery store. I’m so glad these books exists.
Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much. I wish that wasn't the finale. Maybe we'll get to see them all again in the future. ...more
A great, if confusing, ending to the series. I probably needed to read this book soon after reading the previous books so remember all the plot points/characters, etc.
I will say that I feel like the enemy felt a little bit much for this series, but again, that could be because I can't fully remember what happened before.
Overall though, I did really like this ending to the series, though I'm sad that there won't be any more of the Athena Club!
TW for kidnapping, murder, guns, knives, shooting, man
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Athena Club series; I hope that there will be more. This one picks up right as the second volume ends, but I believe new readers would follow this one all right without having read the previous pair. I actually didn't enjoy this one quite as much because it follows Alice and some other characters around for much of the time, and I didn't find her as interesting as the core five, nor her travails as captivating as their adventures on the continent. It is a delightful ...more
I liked this third book, but not as much as the first and second book in the series.
Even though I really hope this series continue, it would be great to read more about all the Athena Club characters and a great idea would be a new book involving Justine and her new love interest or Beatrice's search for happiness!
Stephen Richter
A fine tale about involving the Extraordinary Athena Club, which a literary invention by Theodora Goss using the female characters from the masterpieces of Gothic Literature, often just a mere mention in the original text. Throw in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and the Baker Street Boys you have a great October read. The audio was performed by the great Kate Reading.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another really fun book with fun characters. The end of this read like the end of a series, so I'm guessing the series is done, but I really enjoyed this book and seeing The Mesmerizing Girl come into her own, along with a little bit of help from the members of the Athena Club. There were a couple of challenges for the women in this book, a couple of "boss fights" as it were. My favorite was the ultimate one, though, the one at the very end. It fit for the team. Although I think this was a fine ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book, but it suffered a bit from too many characters. I had a tough time getting into it, but it moved quickly once the plot got going. This was slimmer than the previous volume and moved a bit quicker, which was an improvement as well and I enjoyed the last chapter.
Overall the series has been entertaining but each next book was weaker than the one before it. However, as an audio book it’s a very pleasant and relaxing read.
Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
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Caryn - iam.caryn
This is a series that I will cherish and hold dear for the rest of my life. It has cemented itself as one of my all-time favourite series.

If any friend of mine is seeing this right now, please do me the honour of reading this series just for me. It would make me exceptionally happy.

All you need to know is that it’s a historical mystery of sorts (but honestly so much more than that) with the daughters of gothic horror characters teaming up and being amazing. The girls are telling you their story
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Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States, where she completed a PhD in English literature. She is the World Fantasy and Locus Award-winning author of the short story and poetry collections In the Forest of Forgetting (2006), Songs for Ophelia (2014), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft (2019), as well as novel ...more

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