Review: Escaping From Houdini

Escaping from Houdini

By: Kerri Maniscalco

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


Genre: mystery, historical fantasy

Page Count: 416

Synopsis: 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?

This review will be spoiler free

Happy blogmas day 22! Today It’s time for another review. I’m sorry I don’t have a holiday themed book to review today, unfortunately I had to stick with working through my ever growing current TBR pile. This series has been really enjoyable so far! I like the mystery and the fun historical figured and references. For some reason these books always take me forever to read and I am not quite sure why. There is just something about them that fails to bring that “I just can’t put this book down” kind of feeling.

I would have given this book four stars if it hadn’t been for the attempted love triangle. I really, really, REALLY hate love triangles. Especially if they are just used as a way to slow down the progression of the main couple’s relationship. It’s like, we all know the protagonist will end up with the main love interest, so why try and fool us into thinking otherwise? Other than that and some slight pacing issues, this was a very enjoyable book.

Overall, I would recommend this series, especially if you like a good murder mystery. It just lacked a certain something to really sweep me off my feet and warrant a four or even five star rating. I apologize that I can’t be more specific about what I didn’t like, it was more just that the book was good, not amazing.

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

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