Escaping From Houdini Blog Tour Review & Favorite Quotes

Set sail on the Etruria, home of Mephistopheles and his Moonlight Carnival in Kerri Maniscalco’s newest installment of her Stalking Jack the Ripper series Escaping From Houdini.

Make sure to check out and enter the giveaway below!!

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the Escaping From Hourdini Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About Escaping From Houdini

EFHTitle: Escaping From Houdini

Authors: Kerri Maniscalco

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books

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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Favorite Quotes

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I cannot tell you how excited I got accepted to participate in this blog tour! This series is one of my all time favorites and of course this new installment did not disappoint!

Audrey Rose is back to investigate the mysterious murders among the many layers of the ship Etruria with the lovely Thomas Creswell. Audrey Rose won’t just face a murderer this time but her fears, dreams, and the unknown future. She’s offered a bargain made on the deck at midnight following the first series of murders and believes it’s the only way to investigate the carnival crew and find a killer but instead she’ll be faced with more uncertainty and as the bodies pile up she feels time is running out. Audrey Rose is one of my favorite female protagonists because she uses her education and wits to be the detective I wanted to be one day. She doesn’t let the fact she is a woman stop her following her dreams and I love that the most about her. She doesn’t use her station to get what she wants but her abilities. She’s grown so much by the time we get to EFH and continues to grow.

Thomas. I love Thomas and the way he loves Audrey Rose is so sweet. He is so fun to be around while he is on the page and although jealousy gets in the way sometimes in this one, his love for Audrey Rose never falters. The banter he has with her is a trait I believe most girls would love to see in a relationship. The fact that he has an uncanny ability to put himself into the murder scene to try to uncover clues is also a huge turn on for Audrey Rose and we get to see a little bit more of how he does that in this one!

Mephistopheles is such an intriguing character and the majority of the book you’ll wonder what his motives are, is he the killer, is he not the killer, who is he, why is he leading a circus on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic, is he running from something or someone, so many questions. I think he has been the most interesting character in the series so far. You’ll have to read it to find the answers!

I love this series with all my heart and I can’t wait to see what famous person will be the highlight of the next, and final, installment of this series!


Listen to the Excerpt Here !

One:  Moonlight Carnival

RMS  Etruria

Liverpool,  England 

1 January 1889

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.

As  our  cruise  liner  prepared  to  leave  port,  I  ignored  twinges  of  unease  in  favor  of  the  lush  fantasy  world  before  us.  It  was  the  start  of  a  fresh  year,  a  new  chapter,  a  wonderful  opportunity  to  put  dark  events  of  the  past  behind  us  and  stare  ahead  into  the  bright  future.

A  future  that  might  soon  bring  a  wedding…and  a  wedding  night.

I  took  a  steadying  breath  and  glanced  at  the  stage  in  the  center  of  the  grand  dining  saloon.  Heavy  velvet  curtains  —  an  ink  blue  so  dark  they  appeared  black  —  shimmered  with  tiny  sparkling  gems  whenever  light  caught  them.  Aerial  performers  in  diamond  encrusted  bodices  twirled  on  silver  threads,  beautiful  spiders  spinning  webs  I  was  hopelessly  caught  up  in.

Round  tables  dotted  the  floor  like  well-placed  constellations,  their  moon  white  linens  strewn  with  flowers  in  purples,  creams  and  blues.  Among  many  modern  conveniences  the  Etruria  boasted  a  hot  house,  and  the  scents  of  jasmine,  lavender  and  other  midnight  notes  wafted  through  the  air,  inviting  yet  dangerous  —  like  the  masked  performers  soaring  above  us.

“The  long  trains  on  their  costumes  make  them  look  like  shooting  stars,  don’t  they?  I  should  love  to  have  a  dress  made  with  as  many  gemstones  one  day.”  Miss  Prescott,  daughter  of  Chief  Magistrate  Prescott,  sighed  deeply.  With  her  caramel  hair  and  cunning  brown  eyes,  she  reminded  me  of  my  cousin  Liza.  I  liked  her  immediately.  She  set  her  champagne  flute  down  and  leaned  close,  dropping  her  voice  to  a  conspiratorial  whisper.  “Have  you  heard  the  legend  of  Mephistopheles,  Miss  Wadsworth?”

About the Author

Kerri Maniscalco Promo shots

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.

Follow Kerri on Twitter and Instagram where she’s always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books:

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One ARC of Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (US Only)  

Starts: 09-12-18

Ends: 09-26-18

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  1. I continue to see such high praise for these books, glad to see you enjoyed this one. Extra bit of motivation for me to stop slacking on them, I just know they’re going to be 5 star reads for me too 🙂

    Happy Reading! ❤


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