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Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, 3) Hardcover – Illustrated, September 18, 2018
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"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
"Every sentence of this novel drips with decadence. The settings and Midnight Carnival performances are lush yet dangerous, beautiful yet terrifying. It was easy to understand just how Audrey Rose comes to be so enthralled with the Midnight Carnival and the performers because, as readers, we're put under the same exact spell.... Masterfully crafted."―Hypable
"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
"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
"Young adult readers of crime novels will thrill to Maniscalco's labyrinthine plot and the gruesome secrets it reveals. And yet Escaping from Houdini is also a love story, one in which Audrey Rose's love for the charming and stalwart Thomas is tested by the exhilarating freedom represented by Mephistopheles's unorthodox lifestyle. As one member of the Moonlight Carnival muses, 'Normal is boring. Extraordinary is memorable.' Like-minded readers will find Maniscalco's latest foray into nineteenth-century forensic investigation anything but boring."―Chapter16.org
Praise for Stalking Jack the Ripper:
"An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery."
--- School Library Journal
"Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story."
--- Publisher's Weekly
*"This audiobook has everything: a true-life tale that has intrigued readers for 100-plus years, a young woman who balks at the constraints put upon women during the Victorian era, a marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery, and a narrator who brings you down into Spitalfields as Jack the Ripper earns his name. A must-have."
"Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine...while "the Ripper" remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects....Maniscalco's portrayal of scientific invention in a newly industrial era will serve as a fine first foray into Victorian classics."
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---School Library Connection
Praise for Hunting Prince Dracula:
"Audrey Rose is a smart, fearless, and progressive heroine. Plenty of red herrings, a conspicuous absence of blood, and a developing romance make this a must-read."
"Readers of the previous mystery will be thrilled to have more of this likable duo. [A] delightful romp into an 1888 Gothic mystery with a hint of romance."
"There are plenty of suspects and red herrings as well as tense escalations....A scenic, twisty mystery."
About the Author
- Publisher : Jimmy Patterson; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316551708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316551700
- Reading age : 15 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL800L
- Grade level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.38 x 9.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why would the author decided to take such an amazing duo as Audrey and Thomas, a duo by the way that I have been desperately rooting for since book one, and drive a wedge between them? Ok, I could see them having a conflict over points of view or over personal issues but to take a team that I love and drive a freaking love triangle between them?! I hate love triangles on any given day but this felt like a betrayal to me. I was definitely on team Thomas in this book and spent most of it with open disdain for all the scenes with Audrey and Mephistopheles, which ended up being a majority of the book. So frustrating!
I was mostly frustrated with the love triangle but there were some exciting parts of the story and I liked the inclusion of Houdini’s character. It is always fun when historical figures are incorporated into a story. The ending left me with mixed feelings and I can’t say that I am excited about Audrey. I think she has a better understanding of herself and learned a valuable lesson that many people actually learn in life about getting in over your head. I just hope that she learns to communicate better in the next book because a lot could have been avoided if she just thought things through. Sorry, I know this is more of a rant but this book really pushed my buttons, ha ha ha.
Audrey and Thomas are still so cute and perfect for each other and I loved every scene with them together. Thomas is one of my top book boyfriends for many reasons his devotion and his heart being two of them. Audrey has some intersecting character development and I didn’t always agree with the decisions she made in this book.
I have been wanting more circus books and books set on ships and was so excited when I found out this book had both. I loved the circus and was very mesmerized by the leader of the circus Mephistopheles. He was very charismatic and I was very drawn to his character. The circus added a fantastically and mesmerizing background for the mystery. The mystery in this one was my favorite of the three books so far and the best written. The suspense in this book was very high. Being stuck on a ship in the middle of the ocean with a killer or killers with no way out. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would be.
Kerri Maniscalco has given us another amazing un-put-downable book in the series. Full of danger, suspense, mystery, romance, murder, and a circus I will not soon forget.
Rating: 5 stars
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I really enjoyed it, at first I was worried it would be a little slow and maybe not as good as the previous two, but within a few chapters, it was an intense as the others. I was a little frustrated with the introduction of the new love interest, throughout Audrey Rose has been a strong character who didn't have any romantic moments until the last book, and even that took two full books to get to. I love Thomas's character too much to want to see her with any other, and I think she did too ultimately.
I loved the brief steamy make-outs scattered throughout, whenever the book got too serious a scene would be thrown in to ease the tension and make my heart flutter like I was the one in the room with him, not her. I must have highlighted a passage in every scene that was remotely romantic!
I loved that we got to see more of Liza also, when we were first introduced to her in the first book I was worried she would be used simply as a plot device to highlight how different Audrey Rose is, but instead she is shown to be the strong character she is and it just shows that you can come across as a more traditional Victorian young girl but still be as badass as the non-traditional girl.
I loved their relationship, it was just as it should be between family, there was no competition, despite Liza not being interested or familiar with the work Audrey Rose does, she was still included and still listened and supported them all during their time. Just as Audrey Rose was there for Liza. It made me wish I had the same depth of relationship with cousins of mine.
I cannot wait for the fourth, and I really really hope the series will never end!
But Escaping From Houdini makes Audrey Rose an unlikeable narrator, and the plot only makes sense because she acts senselessly and runs around in circles. I’d say only 50 - 80 pages of this book were actually enjoyable for me. Audrey Rose also becomes a massive hypocrite in believing her female cousin isn’t capable of thinking for herself - exactly what Audrey Rose criticises men for in books 1 and 2.
Honestly I was extremely relieved when this book was over. The only good thing about it was Thomas Cresswell and the interesting setting (a cruise liner at sea where someone is murdering people). I wouldn’t rush to recommend this.