Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco  

  This is the third book I have reviewed by Maniscalco and have become fascinated by her writing skills. Not only has her writing grown, but so have her characters. She is listed as a Young Adult writer but it would not be a surprise if she crosses the thin line and became a writer of adult fiction. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her companion, Thomas Cresswell, are starting to show feelings for each other but first, they must solve a series of murders.
  They have set out for a seven-day cruise on the luxurious liner, the RMS Etruria, heading to America for their next investigation, along with her forensic uncle who also acted as chaperone. Entertainment for the passengers is provided by the Midnight Carnival with bizarre acts and a disturbing ringmaster who always wears a mask.
  Murder happens at the dinner table on the first night and as the ship sails on, there are more murders and plenty of red herrings that Audrey Rose has to sort through to find the real killer before the ship docks in America and the killer escapes. The only available clue in the murders is that each one is accompanied by a tarot card.
  Even though Houdini, the great escape artist, appears to be a minor character; about halfway into the story, his attachment to Audrey Rose is revealed.
  The fun of reading a murder mystery is discovering who the killer is before it is revealed. I have to admit, I wasn’t even close. Her next book will definitely be one to look forward to.

This books are available in the fiction section of the Pahrump Community library.Click here to contact the review author, Carlton McCaslin.