Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3)

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3)

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The #1 bestselling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues its streak in this third bloody installment . . . Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell find themselves aboard a luxurious ocean liner that becomes a floating prison of horror when passengers are murdered one by one, with nowhere to run from the killer. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria , Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly. But privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow more and more bizarre. It's up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation before more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer's horrifying finale?

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ISBN-13: 9781478995975
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 607,190
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life's finer points with her cats. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, and Escaping From Houdini.

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Escaping From Houdini (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Stalking Jack the Ripper Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning as always! The Stalking Jack the Ripper series is one of my favorites partially because it's so amazingly unique! Maniscalco once again creates a wonderful story with a lovely cast of characters. The story itself was intriguing and kept me guessing! The author creates such a vivid world and puts so much detail into her work! The story starts off with Audrey Rose on the RMS Etruria, on her way to America, when a vicious murder takes place right beside her. The victims of these murders are revealed usually during dinnertime when the Moonlight Carnival performs for patrons on the ship. Audrey investigates several different murders and makes a bargain with a magician named Mephistopheles, who has taken an interest in her. There was one thing that really just made the book very different from the rest in the series: the love triangle between Audrey Rose, Thomas, and Mephistopheles. That was something I wasn't really expecting. It could be just me but I feel like Audrey Rose didn't spend enough time with Thomas in this book. To me, I felt that she spent most of her time with the magician and it sort of made me upset in a sense, but also very interested. I did enjoy reading their interactions though and I think Maniscalco did a pretty nice job of showing how her feelings with Thomas and Mephistopheles affected her and her relationships. Also, I was really happy Liza made an appearance in this book! She's such a lovely character and I do hope she appears in the finale of the series!
NSY 3 months ago
Escaping from Houdini is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. Having completed her studies of forensic science in Romania Audrey Rose is accompanying her Uncle to America to continue learning from him. Nothing is more exciting then the thought of the circus unless it is a circus that travels on a first class ocean liner as it travels to America. Entertained every night with dazzling performances things quickly change as privileged young women turn up missing or worse dead. Terrified for herself Audrey Rose must work with allies and enemies alike as she attempts to catch yet another murder before times runs out. Once again Kerri Maniscalco painted a dazzling picture with vivid words, musical sentences, and a memorizing cast of characters. I cannot get enough of the stories and am eager to read Capturing the Devil, the final book in the series.
thereadingrebel 11 months ago
Audrey and Thomas are back in the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. They are en route to America on the RMS Etruria. They are happy to have a break from murder and are planning to enjoy the voyage and the circus that is performing on the ship. When a girl is murdered at their table during the circus act, Audrey and Thomas need to find the killer fast before he kills again. Audrey and Thomas are still so cute and perfect for each other and I loved every scene with them together. Thomas is one of my top book boyfriends for many reasons his devotion and his heart being two of them. Audrey has some intersecting character development and I didn’t always agree with the decisions she made in this book. I have been wanting more circus books and books set on ships and was so excited when I found out this book had both. I loved the circus and was very mesmerized by the leader of the circus Mephistopheles. He was very charismatic and I was very drawn to his character. The circus added a fantastically and mesmerizing background for the mystery. The mystery in this one was my favorite of the three books so far and the best written. The suspense in this book was very high. Being stuck on a ship in the middle of the ocean with a killer or killers with no way out. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would be. Kerri Maniscalco has given us another amazing un-put-downable book in the series. Full of danger, suspense, mystery, romance, murder, and a circus I will not soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Kept me always guessing. I love how she creates her characters. Amazing writer. I hope she writes more. Looking forward to it.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... Stalking Jack the Ripper got me really interested in Audrey Rose. Hunting Prince Dracula scared me into hoping Audrey Rose and CO. could stay out of trouble. And now Escaping from Houdini has me glad they didn't. In this new installment of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, we meet a new villain and a cast of different characters fans of this series will likely not forget! On their way to America, Audrey Rose is expecting Mr. Cresswell and herself to have a great time aboard the ship, RMS Etruria. But on the way there, women go missing and murders begin to happen; with the bodies being found over dinner. Can Audrey and Thomas find the killer before it's too late and he or she can walk off the ship and escape forever? So I think I've said this with every installment of this series, but this one is my favorite one! lol I LOVED the mystery, intrigue, and just about everything else. But as a character driven reader, the main thing I loved about this was the characters. Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell are still one my OTP's and this book solidifies it. But the other characters that we met in this one were amazing as well. I LOVED learning about Mephistopheles and his circus. He was so maddeningly interesting. Like I didn't want to know about him, but I did. And I most certainly didn't want Audrey to worry herself with him. He's such an interesting character to get to know. (Also Maniscalco, I do not appreciate the scare you gave me. I thought I was going to have to jump in the book and smack Audrey Rose when.... Well you know when...) And then there's the rest of the circus. I really liked being able to get to know everyone's back stories and why they decided to do what they did. It was truly a roller coaster from start to finish. And then there was the setting. One of the BEST parts of a book to me is the setting. (Hence how I came up with my blog name!) And Maniscalco truly transported me to the RMS Etruria and the Moonlight Carnival. I can only imagine the terror that the passengers were experiencing, being stuck on a ship in the middle of the ocean with nowhere to run while a murderer was on the loose. Just thinking of that made my skin crawl. I thought of the cruises I had been on and how I had felt so stuck on the "Days at Sea" and I can't imagine having to be so terrified that someone was chasing after us or something. And with the descriptions of how everyone was dressed, how things smelled, and the food, I felt I was aboard the ship with Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell trying to figure the mystery out alongside them. As for the mystery, I always know I love them when I get the killer wrong. And this was one of those times. It's rare that I come to the wrong conclusion, so it's so refreshing when I do. There's so much evidence pointing to so many people and it got a bit confusing when trying to narrow it down. Maniscalco made a great mystery because she introduced all the characters, introduced all the evidence, and still had a difficult to solve case. For book two, my only critique was it could have dealt with a bit less fluff, but with this one, there was just the right amount of everything. I loved this book and though I'm not thrilled about waiting for the next one for a year, I'm hoping the last one is still set in America. I can't wait to see which American killer or person Audrey
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another solid installment in this intriguing and heart-pounding series. While it wasn’t as dark as its predecessors, it had its fair share of twists and turns. It also had quite a few lovely swoon-worthy moments.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“Together Thomas and I had burned bright as a shooting star, and flew apart just as fast.” This book angered me quite a bit. I feel betrayed by the author who made us fall in love with these characters and see them as a couple and watched her rip them apart. Almost every decision Audrey Rose made in this book made me want to rip the whole thing to pieces or at the very least just not even finish reading it. I did read it though, and there was some redemption. And probably I will read the next book too, but if it goes as badly as this one I am done. I feel so let down. Even Thomas’s response to her made me angry. Almost like he didn’t show enough emotion or anger or something…. just ugh. I am giving this book 3 stars, because even though it made me mad it was still interesting and for the ending which gave us some hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Oh, look, it's your girl, Mandy, who is about to go on another rant. I feel like this is becoming A Thing, and I wish it would stop, but this book brought the fire in me. This book was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. I thought the first book in the series was so-so but saw a lot of promise in it. With Hunting Prince Dracula, I saw so much greatness, and it really solidified Maniscalco as an author of ultimate mood writing. The setting was so lush and brought the magic. So, I was so hype for this book which would be tackling a carnival, magic, Houdini, and cruise liner with my darling loves, Audrey Rose and Thomas. Where could this go wrong? MILD SPOILERS HERE, BUT I MEAN, KIND OF, MAYBE, EH, JUST KNOW THERE IS THINGS ABOUT TO BE DISCUSSED THAT MIGHT BE SPOILERS BUT IDK. IT'S JUST ME GENERAL RANTING: Enter, stage left: the unholy love triangle. I really don't get what the point of a love triangle brings a series. I used to see this so often in YA second series books. The first book would introduce us to a lovely love interest, which we would promptly fall in love with and love the characters and the plot and everything. But then the second book would bring us some pointless love triangle that had me coining a term, the Dreaded Sequel Sickness Syndrome because I would hate every single second book for this reason. I didn't see this love triangle coming for this book, but alas, it was there. And yes, it was the most pointless thing I ever read. Honestly. I feel like it was only created for the sake of creating tension with Audrey Rose and Thomas because there wasn't a point to it otherwise. There was a lot of other ways that the author could have explored Audrey Rose feeling trapped by marriage, but instead we have a love triangle with a guy whose name I can't even pronounce. I recently have been getting better with love triangles - even though I still really can't stand them - but again, this was just completely unnecessary. We all know and love Thomas Cresswell. We know he's end game. We know the depth and magic that is the sarcastic, arrogant man who I find to be a dashing Sherlock with magical sounding hair. Audrey Rose and him have had a fiery, dynamic relationship that has been a favorite ship of mine in YA. If we are in deep with Cresswell and know he's end game, then what's the point? Okay, I realized, maybe this other love interest will be intriguing at least? Even though I was peeved about the existence of him in general, I tried to give him a try. Instead, he was lacking in so many ways. He felt like a shade of Thomas - he did not have a presence, he was annoying, he was far too assuming and imposing, and he was just plain boring. He was supposed to be a ringmaster and instead, this girl would be snoozing at his carnival. I honestly would have preferred if Mrs. Harvey was the love interest because she was a lady I could get behind. He was just...there. And I mean, no really, he was CONSTANTLY there. I would blink, and he would be there, while Thomas would be off trying to do things and Mep-whatever was just wandering around. I was extremely frustrated. I just wanted Audrey Rose and Thomas off having witty banter and solving cases, and then there was this. All. 400. pages. of. it. It was so tiresome. I thought at least the dynamic of the carnival would make up for the drama of this pointlessness, but it didn't vibe as much as I wanted. I felt nothing for the rest of the carnival performers, and I s
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
We’ve stalked Jack the Ripper through London and hunted for the infamous Dracula. We’ve swooned and sighed over dead bodies and Thomas Cresswell alike. Now it’s time to venture across the Atlantic with the Moonlight Carnival for a week of thrills and chills! As the third installment of one of my favorite young adult series, I was beyond excited for Escaping from Houdini. Especially considering a traveling carnival is the main focus this time around and I’m all about those carnival/circus books! Disclaimer: This review is of the ARC copy of this book. The final version has a different ending and additional pages and content that I can’t compare to until release but plan to talk about once September 18 is here. Perhaps it was the lengthy time between books 2 and 3 (no more than other series, but I’ve read a lot of other books in between) or just this book, but Escaping from Houdini lacked that initial hook that I’ve come to expect of this series. It’s easily one of the only historical mystery series I’ve read and enjoyed in the YA genre which also means my expectations tend to be fairly high. I’ve loved Audrey Rose’s character from the start. She’s a woman with a mind of her own, dissecting bodies and hunting down killers one day and taking tea with her friends the next. The contrast is entertaining and I love her wit and snark. But something felt missing in EFH. She didn’t seem fully herself, if that makes sense. Beyond the whole murder mystery, her internal conflict seemed to move in a circle much like in the past books. I had hoped that she would finally settle on Cresswell and the romantic tension would take on a different role in this book and the next, but I felt like it came back to the same place it was in book 2. But this may also change in the final copy as some of my thoughts here also reflect the ARC ending. On that note, I could have done without the weird love triangle. But I’m also not a fan of romances being dragged out through this many books so there’s that as well. But like the first installments of this series, Escaping from Houdini didn’t fail to captivate me. At times, I grew a bit distant from the story due to more telling than showing (and yes, there’s a time/place for telling but in this case it pulled me out of the world). Maniscalco knows how to spin an intriguing murder mystery, keeping you on your toes from start to finish. And you can guess the culprit all you want but there was always something that came as a surprise no matter my guessing. I devoured this book in one night because I needed to know who did it! The added element of the Moonlight Carnival, a show combining magic and thrills, really brought this world to life. I wanted to know if the carnival (or something similar) existed at this point in history, and if Houdini was a part of any of it. I was a bit surprised that Houdini didn’t play as big a role as I expected in this book, based on the title, but I liked how the new characters fleshed out the cast a bit more. So despite a few elements of the book (that very well may change between the ARC and final copy), Escaping from Houdini is another solid installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I would definitely recommend reading this series if you like famous historical figured combined with morbid mystery and an entertaining cast. I only wish EFH featured more of Thomas Cresswell because. . . well, do I really need a reason?
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I have been on board with these books since SJTR, so when I got my greedy hands on a arc of Houdini, I screamed at my UPS guy. As always, Audrey Rose and Thomas are perfection. I love their banter and flirting and the way they are true partners in all things. Mephistopheles is an intriguing addition and of course he was quite charming and so infuriating. There is a fairly large cast of secondary characters on the ship and I will admit to not being able to keep up on the passengers, but it didn’t slow me down. Plot wise it was captivating. I loved that the setting was a ship, so there wasn’t anywhere to go and it made everyone a suspect. I was constantly second guessing everything and the reveals are so deliciously slow. I will say there was a small thread of plot that I wasn’t a fan of — it did make some sense and all that, it just wasn’t something I cared for. Overall, it might be my favorite of the three, but I’m not ready to commit to that statement. I loved so many things about this story and even though there were scenes and things that made me want to scream, it was so satisfying. I can’t even wait to see what the next book brings. **Huge thanks to Jimmy Patterson Books for providing the arc free of charge**