Review: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo

Sep 17, 2019

Escaping from Houdini
by Kerri Maniscalco

Published by Jimmy Patterson on Sept 18th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re 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 then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea.

It's up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even 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?


TW: Graphic Deaths Scenes, blood, murder

Kerri Maniscalo did it again. However, Escaping From Houdini did fall behind compared to other books in this series but when you have a series that consist of several books you will find one book you don't love as much. But with that being said, I love her writing and her world building in these books. I am so ready to move on to book 4 (give me all the H.H. Holmes and I am good).

We still follow Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell and they aboard the RMS Etruria toward New York City attending the amazing Moonlight Carnival show. While on the ship, murders begin to happen and at each death a magic card is left to show the status of each death and they need to solve the mystery and what each card left behind stands for before they dock in New York or they could lose the killer forever. But with out dismay - there are always more secrets that become revealed not only by the killer but also among those solving the murders. How far would you go to keep a secret from someone you love to save someone else you love? How do you choose between the loves? Who do you love more?

If you have not read the series I recommend reading them. It is hard to speak about Audrey and Thomas because we are so far along in the series and I don't want to spoil for those that have not read this series.

But I will say my heart broke for Thomas at certain points but given the choice Audrey had to make, you couldn't help her for wanting to save her cousin.

“What a fortunate surprise, Miss Wadsworth." He took my hand in his, pretending to kiss it, and pulled an ink-blue rose from the air. "A rose for the lovely Audrey Rose."

"Oh, wonderful." Thomas said. "Satan has decided to claw his way out of Hell and join us. I had no idea he did subpar tricks, though.”



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