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Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling series that started with Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula continues in this third bloody installment! A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness and horror when passengers are murdered one by one...with nowhere to run from the killer.

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 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?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Kerri Maniscalco (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"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)

"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)

"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)

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A Good Read

Nicola Barbars reading is definitely the thing that kept me going with this book. I struggled to understand Audrey-Rose's decisions throughout most of the book. I also felt the love interest with Mephistopholes was a bit forced. Overall this was a good read.

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A Disappointing Installment

Escaping from Houdini was unmemorable, disappointing and completely unnecessary. And that ending literally made me want to throw the entire laptop out of the window. A friend told me that the ARC was actually missing that final chapter, and I wished they had kept it out of the finished copy because it was unnecessary, dumb and a ridiculous plot twist. If they were hoping to "save" the book with that chapter, I can guarantee you that all it did was make me want to cry.

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My holy queen

This book had me thinking about it when I wasn't even listening to it.
SPOLIERS.........
Audrey rose almost killed my heart, I swear if she was a real women I would have shaken her and slapped her to wake her up.
Thomas Creswell is a amazing man that gives her freedom but I need them to get married already my heart can't take these two any more.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SERIES AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM AS I DID.

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  • Nicole
  • 19-09-19

Immensely disappointed

I have been stuck like glue since the beginning of the first chapter of book one, Until now that is the characters have become stale in my opinion. I am hoping that in book four she can spices things up a bit brunt Thomas and Audrey have become stale. Was not impressed with the ending either. I believe Carrie is it amazing author and have thoroughly enjoyed her work thus far, don’t get me wrong there were good points in the story and some plot twist but nothing like The first two books this one was highly predictable.

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  • Kaleigh
  • 15-12-18

A Disappointing Third Installment

I cant believe this is the same author and characters. The plot was boring, except for the murders. All, and I mean all the characters got on my nerves! I was just waiting for the end. Which the ending was FANTASTIC! But it wasn’t enough to pull the rest of the book. I’m still very excited and hopeful for the next book.

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  • Ashlee E.
  • 31-01-20

Am I biased?

I did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed The other 2 and I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe I'm biased against carnivals? And I know I hate this part of story lines where the couple suddenly have a 3rd part enter and the relationship is questioned. But this book just had an over all different feel to it. I found myself hating almost every decision that Audrey rose made, and pitying poor Thomas for having to deal with all that and still remaining a gentleman. I also thought there were several key clues that were ignored through the book when they shouldn't have been.

Also, did Liza lose her finger or not????

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  • Ty
  • 10-02-19

Struggled to like

struggled with this one. Have liked other titles but could not get into this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

Read anyway

It's a great story but the writing is weak, read anyway. Good for book club.

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  • Sweet T
  • 22-09-18

Yassss!!

Absolutely suspenseful and enthralling!!! Murder & Mystery with just the right hint of Romance. Your heart will be beating fast and your mind spinning!!!

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  • jenny erdahl
  • 20-09-18

Ok

Though not as good as previous books it is ok. The story is spoiled if you know anything about Harry Houdini life.

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  • Katie Moncrief
  • 11-05-22

Worth the listen

Not only is the narration absolutely perfect but you cannot beat the excitement of these stories! For fans of magic, deceit, mystery and romance- this book is for you

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  • Whitney Purdue
  • 11-04-22

another amazing story

Amazing!! I love how she's plays around making you think it multiple people and then you learn who it is and your still surprised. I love AR and Thomas together. this series is one of my favorites.

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  • Allah murphy
  • 30-03-22

Is it Kerri, or the narrator..

Not sure if it’s the stories or the ones reading them, but I can’t ever get enough!!!