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The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

(The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,355 ratings  ·  220 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
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Gallery / Saga Press
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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
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
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
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
I'm sorry this is the last book in the series as I've really enjoyed them.
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
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 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.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019, own
Oda Renate
Aug 23, 2019 marked it as to-read

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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
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.
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.
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
An enjoyable end to the trilogy! I hope there will be 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.
Jamie (ReadsinTrees) 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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
In The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss introduced readers to The Athena Club whose members are Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau and Justine Frankenstein. They are the daughters of some of speculative fiction’s maddest scientists. In that novel, The Athena Club assisted with solving a series of murders in Whitechapel. The second novel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, found The Athena Club on an international adventure of mystery ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third installment of The Athena Club trilogy is just as exciting and action-packed as the first two were. It's one of my favorite books of the year and only missed the fifth star for me for a very specific reason which was no fault of the author's. Read on to learn my mistake before you start this one.

Mary Jekyll and her friends from The Athena Club are back, and this book takes off right where the last one left off. Alice, the kitchen made in Mary's London home, has been kidnapped, and the
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, stonecoast
The final book in the Athena Club trilogy was delightful in every way I hoped it would be and a few that I was not expecting.

As this entire series has been, Goss's reclaiming of female voices and monstrous stories brings refreshing life and keen insight to these characters. The Victorian adventures and mysteries of the novel are fun to read, bolstered further by deeper moments of significance and beauty.

These books are stylistically unlike any I've read, but they are the perfect blending of
Sammm [involuntarily somewhat on hiatus]
4 for 3~4.

Okay, so I have to say I sadly agree with some of the reviews I saw, that this last book (as of now?) does feel falling short comparing to its predecessors, a not so uncommon thing for sequels when they are following up great books. I don't think this book was especially horrible or anything, but I kinda think it probably bit off more than it could chew, with the size of this book, at any rate. I believe more literary characters were introduced (or cameoed) without having proper room
Didi Chanoch
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In recent years, we've had a delightful flourishing of stories dealing with some of the deeply problematic foundation of genre literature. Ruthanna Emrys' The Innsmouth Legacy series is both a love letter to and a rebuke of the works of HP Lovecraft. Vivian Shaw's recently completed Dr. Greta Helsing trilogy deals largely with the origins of vampire literature. And Theodora Goss' work looks straight at 19th century penny dreadfuls, adventure stories and detective fiction. This is not a series ...more
Katherine Sparkle
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook copy of The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl from NetGalley in exchange for feedback and an honest review.

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl is another solid installment in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club. This series never fails to make me smile. The cast of characters, while seemingly pulled from other works of fiction, is done so very well. The characters play off each other to become a delightful family -- the Athena Club. In this
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the series and there are so many outstanding characters and plot lines that is impossible to recall them all. The book knows this and even jokes about it but that doesn't actually fix the situation. It would be better if the book was not trying to rehash all of this and remind us of all of it over and over especially where it's not relevant. The other two-thirds of the book were enjoyable enough.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-the-fcpl, 2019
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!
K Whatsherface
This is a good ending for a trilogy. But I wouldn't mind more. There is enough you could do with this that Goss could continue it if she and the publishers chose to. Kinda hoping for more. I love these characters and would love to see who else they could add if it were to continue
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual story

I recommend this series especially in the fall when you might want a spooky story with strong female characters. The historical and literature connections make it interesting.
somehow not as good

perhaps if i had reread the second book it would have rolled better into the next? it appeared convoluted. complicated and yet abrupt. those characters are just gone? who replaces them? i will certainly read the next to see what happens to the girls next.
I would die for Diana Hyde.
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Theodora Goss's publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a two-sided novella in an accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, ...more

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