Title: Escaping from Houdini
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books/Little Brown and Company
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell are traveling to New York on the RMS Etruria to their next case. When a series of passengers are murdered, they begin an investigation. What is the connection to the Moonlight Carnival, the on board traveling troupe that is their entertainment and where the murders are taking place? Can the ringmaster, the mysterious Mephistopheles be trusted, or is he behind the crimes? And, worse, can he drive a wedge between Audrey Rose and Thomas that will ruin their love forever?
I think this is my favorite book out of the three. I liked the mystery and the setting of the Moonlight Carnival a lot. I enjoyed the interplay between Audrey Rose and Thomas, as usual, and liked the flirtation between Audrey Rose and Mephistopheles. I liked his character all right; by all rights, I should have liked him more than I actually did. He’s a character type I like: mysterious, a bit of a trickster, somewhere between magical and practical, sensuous… but he just didn’t win me over. His writing was a little flat or something. I never felt like his flirtation with Audrey Rose was serious or genuine.
However, despite finding him a little flat, I really enjoyed the book overall. I loved Audrey Rose in this one. I liked how she’s coming into her own and working through her PTSD from previous books. I enjoy her relationship with Thomas and the ups and downs it goes through in this book.
Overall, this was a very satisfying book. I enjoyed the mystery and the character developments. I continue to be invested in the main relationship and am interested to see where they go from here.