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Escaping from Houdini

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  6,808 ratings  ·  1,498 reviews
In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-
ebook, 416 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by JIMMY Patterson
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Kerri Each book stands alone in the sense that it features a different murderer and a different mystery that needs to be solved. The main characters—the…moreEach book stands alone in the sense that it features a different murderer and a different mystery that needs to be solved. The main characters—the ones who survive—remain from book to book and we get to see their stories/character growth continue. (Though readers are also introduced to new supporting characters in each book since the settings change. SJTR is set in London, HPD is in Romania, and book three is another location that’s a secret for now ;) (less)
Kerri Definitely yes! Hardcover release date is September 18th 2018. The following September is when paperbacks will publish along with the fourth and final…moreDefinitely yes! Hardcover release date is September 18th 2018. The following September is when paperbacks will publish along with the fourth and final installment in the series.(less)
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE 10/11/18

internet: cressworth wedding 2019!
me: they've known each other 4 months, AR just turned 17, Papa Wadsworth hasn't approved of them even dating yet, they've liked each other for two months, they've kissed 3 or 4 times, Thomas screwed up twice 2-3 weeks ago in HPD, but if you're suuuuure... #SJTR4 #murderbynumbers #happyfriday!

just a little Friday fun. hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with tons of spooky reads!! xoxo

8/9/18 UPDATE:

Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok

You've been warned.


I've never been this disappointed or frustrated because of a book. Escaping from Houdini was an insult to my emotions, my sanity, and the very heroes Kerri Maniscalco so lovingly created. It took a tremendous amount of effort to turn the pages, to witness the fall of the characters that always managed to put a smile on my face. My pulse accelerated and I wanted to throw things and ravage and scream and bur
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
3.5? 3.75? I DON’T KNOW
There were things I loved but also things that I hated, but I enjoyed it? I’ll talk it through more in my October wrap up!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1: Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★★
#2: Hunting Prince Dracula ★★★★★
#3: Escaping From Houdini ★★★★★

Let me tell you guys, I have been dying to post this review! It’s been a few months since I read this one, but the publisher did request that I wait to post my thoughts until close to the book’s release, and naturally, I obliged. Now that I can finally gush freely with you all, I have to tell you that I adore this series. It is such a fun roller coaster of emotions and suspense, and I honestly think
may ❀
i'm so sleepy but even my state of delirium cannot mask how annoyed i am @ this book


ill write something more thoughtful in the morning

2.5 stars


i find it absolutely incredible that i can look at a cover and thing 'wow i want to marry that someday'

Candace Robinson
This is such a fun series. I like the gory factors, Cresswell—especially Cresswell, and the cool themes that are intertwined. So when I saw carnival on a ship, I was incredibly ecstatic.

Let me start out by saying the book started off very well—we get some killing right away. But then a mysterious guy with a face mask who is the carnival's leader, Mephistopheles, comes into the picture. This is where our girl, Audrey Rose, starts getting a little ridiculous.

My favorite thing about this series has
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
this....ain't it sis
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Escaping from Houdini on 7/8/18 and finished it on 7/19/18. This book is an excellent read! I find the romance between Thomas and Audrey Rose intoxicating because of their limited time, privacy, and secrecy. I like the sharp tongues exchanges between Audrey and Mephistopheles. I like all the fancy clothes Audrey Rose wears: silks and velvets as well as the decorations to the live shows. I like the mystery to Mephistopheles’ background because he’s always wearing a mask. I like ...more
Aw, man. It sucks when a series that was on its way to becoming one of my favorites disappoints me and now, I don’t know how to feel about it anymore. I’m filled with a lot of feelings – and pretty much none of them good. I’m just going straight to the spoilers, beware:

(view spoiler)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series so much oh my god give me more please

**Full review now posted on my blog**

You don't need to be a detective to see how immature and disappointing this book is. One of the greatest failures of the year.

*Mild spoilers below*

Look at the gif above, this is a real life case when I want to go drinking for a week to forget all about this book. This is the moment I was dreading since book 2 came out and I had my doubts regarding it, and this is the case when I intentionally overrated this series by giving book 2 - 3.5 stars and book 3 - 2.

Rachel E. Carter
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
This book nearly broke my heart but THANK YOU KERRI that last chapter put it together again. SJTR is still my fave (just because I like when you don't know if the love interest is or isn't the villain and they weren't together yet which made for the best tension) but this definitely out-paced HPD by about a million -the setting and atmosphere were absolutely fantastic and I did love Thomas's competition even if I'm forever rooting for Cresswell.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think it's safe to say this is the weakest of the series so far in terms of mystery and endings but I enjoyed the carnival theme so much I hardly even cared RTC
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This series is a bit like those cosy murder mysteries, and listening to them on audio is just a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately, I think this instalment may be my least favourite. It wasn't bad but I felt myself getting distracted while I was listening, and it just didn't hold the same charm as books 1 and 2. I sincerely hope it was just me this time as I'm definitely planning on listening to the fourth (and final) book.

~~~~~~~~~~~before reading~~~~~~~~~~~
Look at that cover, it's so pretty!! I
Karima chermiti
#1)Stalking Jack the Ripper : 4 stars
#2)Hunting Prince Dracula : 5 stars

Spoiler warning : This review is filled with spoilers. If you haven’t read this book then you need to stay away unless you don’t care about being spoiled.

After reading and falling in love with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula , Escaping from Houdini was one of my most anticipated sequels of the fall. It’s really sad that I didn’t love anything about this book. Not only that but my love for the whole series
Trigger Warnings: gruesome murders, descriptions of death, PTSD references, anxiety


If you know me, then you know I am absolutely obsessed with Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This particular series is one that I just can’t get out of my head. In between the release of each book I can’t get the characters out of my head and find myself desperately yearning for the next book each year. As soon as I co
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
i'm going to RANT because i have a lot of feelings towards this book and they are not particularly positive.

listen, i fell in love with these characters so much that i was highly anticipating this book mainly because of them. from the get-go the murder mystery in this one wasn't really appealing to me ever since we heard that houdini was gonna be in it, i honestly couldn't have cared less unlike with the previous two books but everything was fine because i still had audrey rose and thomas being
Ann (annreads)
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
“If you wish to go, I’ll never make you stay. I might not do and say the proper thing all the time, but I do know that I love you enough to set you free.”

Please resurrect me when the next book comes out, thank you *goes back to the coffin*

4/5 ★★★★
Elise (TheBookishActress)
this... is a gorgeous cover
maram ☂︎
The cover is absolutely stunning! 😍 Can’t wait to get my hands on it 😭😭😭

Samhita  {Multi Dreamer}⚔
By far the best in the series! I absolutely loved this one! It had me second guessing everything and Kerri's writing is absolutely beautiful. The character growths in this book were definitely one of the plus points other than the writing, plot, romance and Thomas Cresswell. Please read this series if you haven't already because it will definitely suck you in and won't let go.
A shit ton of books have been battling for "biggest disappointment of 2018" but I think we finally have a winner!?


Jokes aside, this was B A D. The plot was awfully boring and repetitive, the characters felt... different and less well-made than before, and I was SO! ANGRY! at them for how they acted. Audrey Rose, the girl who was finally 1000% in this relationship at the end of book 2 was suddenly flirting with a new guy (?) and Thomas somehow lost all his charm and personality. Oh, and don't ev
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Illusions * Magic * Murder
Are you ready?

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her love interest Thomas Cresswell embark on a week-long journey to the United States crossing the Atlantic on the luxury liner RMS Etruria. Everything about this ship is made of splendor, proper and beautiful. From the décor and the food to the amazing entertainment at night, there’s nothing else a guest could possibly want. This is the way to travel!

After settling into a wonderful dinner, a young woman is found stabbed in total
Update (03/17/2019): Changing my rating from 5 to 4 stars. I still really loved this book, but I think that I enjoyed the first two books in the series a little more. The mystery was still really well done (although I knew who the murderer was this time around) and I liked so much about the book. I think there was just something that the other books had that this one was lacking a bit ((view spoiler) ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, in the end I think I decided to rate this a 4.5 stars. I think this is the highest I've rated a book in this series so far. Actually, looking back I think I did rate book two 4.5 stars, but I rated down.

This will possibly contain minor spoilers for books 1 and 2. They will not be tagged. Any spoilers for this book will be tagged.

Firstly, I need to say that the mystery in this one was a lot more well done than in the two previous books. I have stated in the past that I knew who the killer was
the full spoiler-free review is up on my blog!

Love was a tricky, complicated thing - so morally gray. Both grand and terrible things were often done in its honor. But could anything truly be done out of love if it had the potential to hurt the one at its heart? I wavered.

I will try and keep it short because I have already said everything in my blog post but: this book was so enjoyable, magical and perfectly fitting for this time of the year! 🌟🎭 I fell in love with the Moonlight Carnival, the p
"New Year’s afternoon aboard the Etruria began like a fairytale, which was the first indication a nightmare lurked on the horizon, waiting, as most villains do, for an opportunity to strike."
The first chapter can be read here. Trust me, you want to read it!!!

20/01/18: Read the first chapter. I'm even MORE excited (if that's even possible) for this to be released!!! And can we talk about the "creative ways of stealing kisses" ?!?! AHHHHHHHHkkjnkjNKBjrbkgkfd!!!!!!!

19/01/18 OMG. The cover reveal
Nov 02, 2017 marked it as to-read

Like, seriously, I want that cover to come over to my house and just give me a masterclass on what to do to look better because I think I can use some advice.


Jenny Baker
I give up.

I started reading the hardback book in early October and stopped on page 120. I was so bored I couldn’t get myself to turn the page. I requested the audiobook via Overdrive from my library thinking (and hoping) that the audiobook would be better. My request just arrived last night. I started over and got about midpoint when I finally gave up, because I'm still bored and I just don’t care. The first two books were three-star reads, so I’m not heartbroken about this, just annoyed. I'm g
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