European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

In the sequel to the Nebula finalist The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of mad scientists from literature embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society’s nefarious plans once and for all.

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?

Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.
  • Saga Press | 
  • 736 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481466547 | 
  • April 2019
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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

By Theodora Goss

About the Book

Mary Jekyll and members of the Athena Club concluded their investigation into a series of murders only to have another case arrive in the form of a letter from Mary’s former governess, Mina Murray. Enclosed is a desperate plea from Lucinda Van Helsing, who is the subject of her father’s experiments and is left with no protection when her mother is committed to an asylum. Knowing that Abraham Van Helsing is a member of the Alchemical Society, the Athena Club make plans to travel to Vienna and rescue Lucinda. Back in London, Catherine and Beatrice learn that Seward, Prendick, and their like-minded compatriots are plotting to take control of the Alchemical Society at the annual meeting in Budapest. Faced with kidnappings, spies, undead enemies, unusual appetites, indifferent bureaucracy, and their own dark pasts, the two groups race toward Budapest and the fateful meeting of the Alchemical Society. Can this group of “monstrous gentlewomen” keep the scientific community from being taken over by madmen?

Discussion Questions

1. Catherine originally chooses to begin the book from Lucinda’s point of view, though she is soon influenced by other members’ protests. Why do you think Catherine’s original instinct is to start with Lucinda? Do you agree with Just see more

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About the Author

Theodora Goss
Photography by Matthew Stein Photography

Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss is the World Fantasy Award–winning author of many publications, including 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; The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a novella in a two-sided accordion format; and the poetry collection Songs for Ophelia (2014); and the novels, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017) and European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (2018). She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, as well as on the Tiptree Award Honor List, and her work has been translated into eleven languages. She teaches literature and writing at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Visit her at