A third day in a row spent with the extraordinary ladies of the Athena Club was very well spent, as Mary Jekyll and her unlikely associates battle once again against the dastardly doings of the world-spanning alchemist conspiracy, while also trying to discover the whereabouts of Sherlock Holmes — in whom our Mary is increasingly interested, despite herself — missing these several days.
Also missing is Alice, the Club’s beloved housemaid, and it turns out that, just like her employers, young Alice also has a genetic heritage of strangeness, for which she is much coveted by certain elements of ruthless Victorian villainy.
It’s all a bit silly, at times, especially the levels of coincidence that are required to make most of the plot work, but it is entertaining nevertheless, and the ladies’ usual interpolations to the writing of the novel are made even more humorous by scribe Catherine Moreau’s increasingly self-promotion-y advertisements throughout the text.
I do hope this won’t be the last outing for the Athena Club. And in the meantime, I have discovered that Theodora Goss has several other books in her backlist, which I have already bought. Because, it seems, far from clearing books from my TBR with this daily reading lark, I am actually adding to my TBR far more frequently that I would have thought possible.
But also: yay!
TBR DAY 296: The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) by Theodora Goss
TIME ON THE TBR: 2 weeks!
PURCHASED FROM: Amazon.