Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 18, 2018 by Hachette Books
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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-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 strange and 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?
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Escaping From Houdini picks up pretty soon after the end of Hunting Prince Dracula. Audrey Rose and co. are on their way to America to solve another murder, and are stuck on a ship with a Midnight Carnival and many mysterious murders occurring.
It took me a long time to read this novel because I was so worried about what would happen to my babies. I’ve seen Maniscalco’s diabolical tweets about hurting her characters, so I was on edge the whole time. Even though this wasn’t as good as the second novel, it took me longer to get pulled into the story than the previous two installments, it was still a superb book and still one of my favorite series.
The setting of the story was fantastic. It takes place in a week aboard a ship sailing to America. Aboard the ship is the Midnight Carnival, a dazzling show with spectacular performances and mysterious performers, especially the ringleader Mephistopheles. This aspect of the novel was so fun to read, I loved imagining the performances, and I enjoyed seeing all the performers behind the scenes of their show. I also loved that the mysterious deaths all seemed tied to the carnival.
I read the second book as part of a blog tour last year, so it’d been a while since I’ve been immersed in Audrey Rose’s world, and I forgot how gory it is! Right from the start we get a mysterious murder that sets up the rest of the novel. Warning, the murders and autopsies are very detailed and gory. Unlike the other two books, I was kept guessing the whole time, I could not figure out who the murder was and what would happen!
Audrey Rose is still one of my favorite characters. She is strong and independent, and is following her passion even though she’s a woman pursuing a career in a male dominated field. I also cannot stop talking about Thomas, he is the perfect partner, he lets Audrey Rose make her own decisions even if they seem to be pulling her away from him. He’s also witty and charming, and adds some lightness to the otherwise dark and gory novel.
If you haven’t started this series yet, DO IT NOW, it’s so worth! I CANNOT wait to read the conclusion and find out what happens with Audrey Rose and Thomas.
“What morbid creatures we were, craving danger and mystery in place of happily ever afters”
“There wasn’t any part of me that didn’t long to be with him forever.”
“People often admire physical strength, but I believe it’s the simple things one does after a tragedy that defines them. There is no greater show of power than continuing to live when you’d like nothing more than to lie down and let the world fade.”
“Everyone deserved to live freely and in honor of themselves. A basic right should not be a luxury.”
“We women could be called creatures, if only the men who said such careless words accepted our claws were fearsome things when we decided to scratch.”