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Escaping From Houdini

Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 3
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues in this third bloody installment! A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of 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 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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©2018 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Audrey Rose is a witty, resourceful feminist who refuses to bow to Victorian-era gender norms. This dark, gothic landscape is peopled with nuanced, diverse characters who keep readers enthralled. A gripping mystery with a compelling heroine and just the right touch of romance." (Kirkus)

"Displaying her usual fierce determination and progressive ideals, Audrey Rose is once again a compelling protagonist. Another delightfully mysterious addition to the series." (School Library Journal)

"Maniscalco's winning combinations of historical fiction, romance, forensics, and a feisty heroine will attract historical-fiction and romance readers.... Well-placed hooks advance the plot and sustain the swift pace." (Booklist)

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An excellent audiobook experience

The third in Kerri Maniscalco’s Victorian macabre mystery series, ‘Escaping from Houdini’ is set on the Etruria, a cruise ship travelling from London to New York in 1899. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell, and Uncle Jonathan Wadsworth, A series of gruesome murders present this Victorian forensic science team with a series of challenges and mysteries that must be solved before arriving at their destination.

The story is intricate and complex, dark and dangerous, and completely captivating. Themes of distraction, illusion and deception interweave like a macabre carnival dance. The personal consequences and implications for Audrey Rose, Thomas, and other passengers on the ship are compelling, keeping the audience engaged both mentally and emotionally in the drama as it unfolds.

Nicola Barber’s narration is expressive, fluent and most enjoyable. Barber has a definite gift for characterisation and drama that makes her storytelling lively and most enjoyable.

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Best in this series so far!

Loved this story and mystery. Definitely my favourite in the series for far. Keen for the next book.

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  • Nicole
  • 19-09-2019

Immensely disappointed

I have been stuck like glue since the beginning of the first chapter of book one, Until now that is the characters have become stale in my opinion. I am hoping that in book four she can spices things up a bit brunt Thomas and Audrey have become stale. Was not impressed with the ending either. I believe Carrie is it amazing author and have thoroughly enjoyed her work thus far, don’t get me wrong there were good points in the story and some plot twist but nothing like The first two books this one was highly predictable.

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  • Kaleigh
  • 15-12-2018

A Disappointing Third Installment

I cant believe this is the same author and characters. The plot was boring, except for the murders. All, and I mean all the characters got on my nerves! I was just waiting for the end. Which the ending was FANTASTIC! But it wasn’t enough to pull the rest of the book. I’m still very excited and hopeful for the next book.

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  • Sweet T
  • 22-09-2018

Yassss!!

Absolutely suspenseful and enthralling!!! Murder & Mystery with just the right hint of Romance. Your heart will be beating fast and your mind spinning!!!

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  • Cj
  • 20-11-2019

Amazingly thrilling and fun!

If you are looking for a great read! This book is it! The author does a splendid job at sucking you into her book! I adore this series!!!

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  • old.enough.for.fairytales
  • 17-10-2019

Loved it!

Loved it so much! Definitely my favorite of the three so far 🙌 The audiobook reader was great!

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  • Austin Powers
  • 09-09-2019

excellent book

I love what the author did with all of her stories I love how she took real places and times and Incorporated them into her story I found that this book was very easy to get hooked to and all of the author's books beforehand as well. I think I will find myself listening to these stories a lot more than once thank you to the author for all of her hard work and excellent storytelling your characters are amazing

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  • Sabrina A.
  • 08-09-2019

Amazing!!

I am in love with this series. The books get better and better. The love and mysteries keep me on edge. I also like how the characters grow and are challenged. I can't wait for the finale book.

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  • Susan
  • 26-07-2019

loved it

i enjoyed following audrey and thomas through their journeys. i cant wait for the next chapter

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  • Gino Fratto
  • 16-07-2019

Loved it!

Loved it and all of Kerri Maniscalco's books in this series. I was sad to hear that there will only be 4 as books with this content are hard to find.

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  • TammyR
  • 13-07-2019

Third Book in Series - very good overall

The 3rd installment is overall very good, although I thought it moved a little slower getting to any action, not quite as tension filled as the first two. It's definitely worth the read (listen) but the title is misleading, Houdini's role is fairly minor in the plot, and for a story set on an ocean liner, it should have felt much more constricted or claustrophobic.

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  • Aly
  • 22-08-2019

A Disappointing Installment

Escaping from Houdini was unmemorable, disappointing and completely unnecessary. And that ending literally made me want to throw the entire laptop out of the window. A friend told me that the ARC was actually missing that final chapter, and I wished they had kept it out of the finished copy because it was unnecessary, dumb and a ridiculous plot twist. If they were hoping to "save" the book with that chapter, I can guarantee you that all it did was make me want to cry.

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  • Elentiya
  • 26-12-2018

My holy queen

This book had me thinking about it when I wasn't even listening to it.
SPOLIERS.........
Audrey rose almost killed my heart, I swear if she was a real women I would have shaken her and slapped her to wake her up.
Thomas Creswell is a amazing man that gives her freedom but I need them to get married already my heart can't take these two any more.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SERIES AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM AS I DID.