Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco // Book Review

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

Goodreads Rating:  4.09 / 5 Stars

My Rating:  4 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Murder Mystery.

Recommend to: To anyone who loves a good Victorian-era setting, with some intriguing mysteries and a couple of murders thrown in the mix too.


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?


This is the third installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco.

Audrey Rose’s character has some really fun moments in this book. It is full of mystery and intrigue, made even more exciting by new and interesting characters. The Moonlight Carnival had some mysterious characters and there were certainly a lot of exciting and intense moments as a result of the carnival. 

There isn’t much character development in this book, which made some of the moments fall flat. The story was dragged out just a bit too long.

The mystery was great, but it became predictable. The revelation of the killer was not shocking for me. My biggest criticism is that this book didn’t have the elements I have come to love so much in the previous installments. The revelation of the killer is not surprising and there was no real ‘ahhh’ plot twist moment. The murderer was predictable but I just couldn’t work out the reason behind it. So far this has been the weakest book in the series for me.

I read the chapter before the Epilogue and I thought that it was the final chapter. I would have been super angry if it hadn’t been for the epilogue! I’m so excited to get around to reading Capturing the Devil because I think it is going to be a truly amazing finale to the series.

Although it seems that I am complaining a bit in this review, I really did enjoy reading this book. It was really fun and interesting to read. I adore the Victorian era time period and I’m even more in love with the setting of the RMS Etruria. I loved the Moonlight Carnival!

PS: Thomas Cresswell is one of my top book boyfriends!

Happy Reading !


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