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Escaping from Houdini

(Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  24,388 ratings  ·  4,192 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Jimmy Patterson
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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)
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 one…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)

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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
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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:

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
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
im so confused as to why this installment has the lowest rating of all the books in the series among my friends (is it because of audrey??), because this has been my favourite one so far! granted, i was very less than impressed with the previous book, which everyone adored, so maybe im the weird one. lol.

i love all things circus and carnival and illusions, so this book is right up my alley. i do wish houdini played a larger part in the plot, but i understand why he didnt. still, i really loved
♛ 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'

Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this....ain't it sis ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Yeah, well that happened! At least the ending is promising. The next book better knock it out of the park since I preordered a special box!!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Stalking Jack the Ripper (#1) - ★★★★★
Hunting Prince Dracula (#2) - ★★★★★
Escaping from Houdini (#3) - ★★★★★
Capturing the Devil (#4) - ★★★★★


[Credit: Kerri Maniscalco]
Raise your hand if you're glad they changed the dress color to blue! 🙋


[9/10/2019] - POP QUIZ! Anybody recognize this voice?


Nope! It's spelled "mephistopheles" I TOLD YOU I SUCK AT SPELLING.


My notes from the second re-read:
1) Thomas is my spirit animal.
2) The first time, the love triangle
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)
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
Lucie V.
✅ Audrey-Rose and Thomas ❤️
✅ Carnival and magic vibe
✅ Murders and mystery
✅ Romance and angst
✅ Plot
🆗 Love triangle (kind of)

4.5 stars

"Welcome to Mephistopheles's Magnificent Minstrel Show, or as it's better known... the Moonlight Carnival!"
"Which will you lose before the week is through? Your heart? Your head? will lose your life, your very soul, to this magical traveling show"

I see that many people really disliked this book, but it was probably my favorite of the s
The epilogue is the most beautiful thing ever and I'm infused with overwhelming joy. Other than that, meh. The author decided to insert a love triangle which was unnecessary. ...more
2.45/5 ⭐

Sadly, I haven't enjoyed this book as much as I wanted to. And that is mostly because, for me, it felt more like a transition book, a book written to be a bridge between two other major events that were supposed to be happening in other books.

The plot was similar to the one of the previous books and I could definitely see the pattern of the raw draft more clearly here.
The mystery was still not that hard to unravel and the bad guy of this instalment was (to me, of course, I don't speak f

**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

Kat Valentine
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read!!! I simply adore this series from kerri maniscalco!!! She is a amazing storyteller and her books are so very entertaining. I loved the theme of this book and enjoyed all the magic and mayhem. And the use of tarot cards by the murder was genius. Her characters are fabulous as well and I adored mephistopheles he is so mysterious and charming reminding me of a true rogue!!! And Audrey rose and Thomas are a awesome couple,I can't wait for more of their interactions,things are ...more
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
Rachel E. Carter
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. ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stalking Jack the Ripper: 🌟🌟
Hunting Prince Dracula: 🌟🌟🌟
Escaping from Houdini: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Becoming the Dark Prince: ?
Capturing the Devil: ?

This is easily my favorite book in the series, and I'm hopeful that CTD will be a 5 star read!
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  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much oh my god give me more please
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 ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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% ready for this relationship at the end of book 2 was suddenly flirting with a new guy (?) and Thomas somehow lost all his charm and personality. And don't
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Buddy reading with Alexa ...more
Mara YA Mood Reader
I’m not sure why I didn’t just give up but I pulled through and it didn’t even pay off.

I think this series should’ve ended with Stalking Jack the Ripper. Hunting Prince Dracula was just okay but it’s not necessary and doesn’t really add much. It just becomes 3 long books of redundant murders and postmortems. And ends with Thomas and Audrey in the same place as they were in book one *insert shrug*

Escaping from Houdini didn’t have much to do about Houdini. And it strays far from the lovely bante
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★.5
2.) Hunting Prince Dracula ★★★.5
3.) Escaping From Houdini DNF


DNF'd 5 hours into the audiobook.

I'm honestly just bored and am not that invested in this series anyway and i'd rather be reading other things!
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