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The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl

(The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,949 ratings  ·  397 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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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
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
I'm sorry this is the last book in the series as I've really enjoyed them. ...more
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
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
Really satisfying ending to a wonderful series.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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St Jerome
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable trilogy.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd
Another fabulous adventure from the Athena Club. I'm going miss these girls. ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
An enjoyable end to the trilogy! I hope there will be more!
Jason Lundberg
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love love love, I have nothing but warm fuzzy love for this entire series and for this book in particular. I do hope that Dora writes another installment someday, but if she doesn’t, this will still be an excellent anchor for such a remarkable trilogy.
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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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
As much fun as the first 2, I am sorry to see the series come to an end. Hopefully we will see the author return to the Athena Club or at least some of the characters someday.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's kinda weird. This third book in the series was not my favorite book of all three. I'd say that was the second book, although it was quite a big book. However, when I closed it and realized that it's very well possible that we will never read more adventures of the Athena Club again, I felt the tears burning in my eyes. For some reason those characters have really become friends of mine, people I care about and people I will miss.

After finishing the previous book I was very excited to start
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
After reading (listening to) this whole series, I find myself hoping that Goss will extend it beyond a trilogy. These stories from the women from the lives of the male heroes of Victorian and Edwardian gothic and horror are a ton of fun. We meet Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Justine Frankenstein, Catherine Moreau and others. Also Sherlock Holmes and Watson!

These women, who have come together to form the Athena Club, have fantastical (in many senses of the word) adventures together, solving mysteries
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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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MARY: My wrath! When do I ever get wrathful?

CATHERINE: It’s your particular kind of wrath. You don’t shout—you just get precise and icy.

MARY: That’s not wrath. I don’t think that counts as wrath.

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CATHERINE: Oh no, you don’t! We have chapters to go before you can talk about that. Really, not one of you has any idea of narrative timing.”
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