The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.
  • Saga Press | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481466509 | 
  • June 2017
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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

By Theodora Goss

About the Book

Mary Jekyll was just a young girl when her father died, but she was old enough to remember Mr. Hyde, his terrifying associate who fled the country after being accused of murder. After her mother’s death, Mary is surprised to learn that Mrs. Jekyll had been regularly paying for Hyde’s care and keep. Eager to secure her financial future by collecting a reward, Mary begins to investigate, intending to find Hyde and turn him in to the police. She turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for help, and soon becomes embroiled in one of their cases . . . a case that seems to be inextricably linked to her own past. For it seems that Mary’s father was a member of a secret society of scientists, a group that is somehow involved in a bizarre series of murders. As Mary explores the seamier side of London in search of answers, she encounters an odd collection of young women whose fathers were also members of the society—women who all have a stake in solving the mystery. Can these young women set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late? Or will the sins of their fathers catch up to them?

Discussion Questions

1. The book begins with the epigraph “Here be monsters,” followed by an argument between Mary and Catherine as to its see more

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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