While I did really enjoy this book, I don't think I loved it as much as the first one.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco. Thanks so much to Hachette Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows are two protagonists, Audrey Rose and Thomas, as they travel by boat to New York. On the boat, they experience the magical Moonlight Carnival, a nightly show that ends up having deadly consequences. The passengers get more and more entranced in the show, but soon young women begin showing up dead - first seeming to be part of the act, and then becoming more sinister. Audrey and Thomas find themselves at the heart of a murder investigation at sea, if they're not careful, they could be the next victims.

I've really enjoyed this series so far and was very excited for the third book to come out. I was dying for more Cressworth antics and angst and, of course, Maniscalco did not disappoint in that department. Even with all the murders going on, we never had a dull moment when it came to these two. There were a couple of moments of panic I had with their relationship, but I think all will be well moving into book four. There's kinda, sorta, a minor love triangle that definitely had me shaken - which I think contributed to my not loving it as much as the purely Cressworth books.

I also liked the mystery aspect of the book. I usually have no clue who the suspect is when it comes to this series and despite the fact that the list was narrowed significantly by the fact that they are on a ship in the middle of the ocean, I had no idea until the big reveal. For the most part, I would say it makes sense but I do have some questions about the full reasoning behind the murders.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I cannot wait to see what happens in book four!