ARC Review: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted September 17, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Escaping from Houdini
by Kerri Maniscalco

4.5 Stars


Released: September 18th 2018
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #3
Published by Jimmy Patterson
Format: ARC

Recommended Read!

“Once it gets going you can’t help but be swept up for the macabre ride!”
~ Under the Covers

This was one of my most anticipated reads of this month, maybe this year?  I’ve come to care for the main characters in this series and I find them endearingly adorable.  I can never get enough!  And what a way to deliver a twisted story that Ms. Maniscalco has.  This book has a bit of everything and just reiterates my love for this series.  Once it gets going you can’t help but be swept up for the macabre ride!

Top 3 reasons to read ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI:

  1. The romance: Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell are endearing and this book finally sees them as a couple more.  Even if Audrey Rose does her usual thing and has to cause some tension.  Thomas Creswell is so funny and charming you can’t help but fall for him a little bit more with every installment.  If that is even possible!
  2. The atmosphere: While I’m not going to say this was the most complicated mystery, I couldn’t have loved the atmosphere more.  It’s set on a ship and the main entertainment for the passengers is a macabre traveling circus featuring the not-so-famous yet Harry Houdini.  During each performance, though, a new dead body is discovered with a tarot calling card that points to the performers.
  3. The angst: I’m not a big fan of angst but I love seeing Audrey Rose make some questionable decisions as this series goes on and this book is no different.  She gets herself in the worst of circumstances to the point you have to wonder how things will turn out for her.  All the time.  Maybe in this one more so than others.  There’s more than the danger she gets herself in.  This time, her decisions involve/affect members of her family and Thomas as well.

I was so happy to have discovered this series because it’s something different.  It mixes some of the gothic atmosphere with old school sleuthing and takes unsolved mysteries and interesting historic characters and twists them into a story you can’t look away from.  Now I’m just sad there’s only one more book left!

Favorite quotes:

“Oh good,” Thomas said blandly, “I was hoping they’d wheel the dead out before dessert. Entrails go better with the main course, don’t you agree, Wadsworth?” He crinkled his nose. “Totally wrong for sweets.”

“Ladies. You are all stunning this evening.” He placed a hand around one ear, tilting his head to the side. “Did you hear that? I believe it was the sound of hearts shattering across the room. Do be careful as you step over bloody shards.”

“Truth is poison. Beware how much you ingest at once.”


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About Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Favorite non-writing things:

I believe curry, avocados, vinyl records, handwritten letters, and my 1950s Smith-Corona typewriter are the best things on the planet. EVER. (Aside from my food blog,, that is.) 😀 My favorite quote of all time is: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” by Jack London.

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Great quotes…and ugh, audrey rose and her decisions

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review Francesca!!! I can’t wait to read,I love this series so very much!! Sounds like another enchanting read!! Shared on all my socials!💖😉

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Thanks for the rec and review Francesca