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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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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, Catherine 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.
Publisher: New York :, Saga Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481466509
148146650X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 22 cm

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Alone and penniless, Mary Jekyll hunts for her father’s killer, a former friend named Edward Hyde, along with help from Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson resulting in the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists.


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Casiepaws
Apr 16, 2021

Enjoyable but with just enough frustrating elements to warrant me not continuing the series. The banter was amusing until it wasn't anymore-- then it was annoying. Banter isn't enough to carry a novel, you need plot as well. The ending was twenty pages too long and oddly repetitive.
The audiobook narrator was a gem--full of unique voices for each character and accents commensurate with their country of origin--without that presentation I may have abandoned the whole book after awhile.

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BeauCoquelicot
Mar 12, 2021

Really fun read, love the world that the author built and her writing style!

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eriksbailey
Feb 07, 2021

I mean its alright. Finished in three days. The characters were pretty staple, and leaned heavily on their 'historical' counterparts. If you have read plenty of monster books you'll recognize most of them, and be caught wondering if they break the tropes attached to them. Nope. But the bizarre quick romp through London at a breakneck speed while referencing penny dreadfuls and talking about how ladies should act and being prim and proper while upsetting the housemaid made, (or) created a monster (oops should we refer to them as that) of a decent read. I don't know if I'll read the second, but as another review mentioned, the leave it wide open, with suggestions to read book two to learn more.

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Jenkskitten
Sep 14, 2020

Enjoyable mystery filled with fantasy characters we have all heard of. However, did not enjoy the interrupted comments of the characters from the story, otherwise would have rated it a 5 star.

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LauraPowers_0
Sep 13, 2019

Amazing writer!! I've read the first two and am sooooooo sad that the series is ending at book 3!???? which hasn't been released yet and I'm already mourning the end.

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rhcica
Aug 18, 2019

Clever. Cheeky. Compelling. A really fun read.

ReadingAdviser_leni Jun 26, 2019

I particularly enjoyed the fact that the characters interrupt the writing of the book. These comments are recorded and become part of the story. An excellent historical mystery with a slight fantasy leaning. All the girls in the story are the daughters of famous scientists (Jekyll, Rappaccini, Moreau, Hyde, etc.). They join up with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Very entertaining and I look forward to reading the next.

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helen13
Apr 28, 2019

Absolutely delightful! The "monstrous women" of the story are all the daughters or made creatures of mad scientists, and very prominent ones, too. Jekyl and Hyde, Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau and Rappacini had, mutated or created these ladies and they are a force to be reckoned with, especially when they get together. Holmes and Watson are on hand too, for some rousing adventures and derring do. Read for great fun and a new take on some classic tales.

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happysandy6
Aug 04, 2018

A fun book with a new take on classics. It pulled together a unique cast of women and is a great start for the sequel.

cals_readers Nov 13, 2017

I really enjoyed Goss' interesting take on the classic characters of fantasy and sci-fi. I'm always for a female centric cast, and having the dialoque within the narration as draft notes, was hilarious and helped to build the strength of the characters. The narrative moved quickly, but still allowed for the development of the women central to the story. The addition of Sherlock Holmes and Watson was so exciting, even though it sometimes felt forced. I feel as if I am just getting to know the characters, and I am looking forward to Goss' sequel. ~Danielle Butler, Central Arkansas Library System

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Feb 08, 2018

SilverIlix thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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