#1 NYT Bestseller

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

It is the first in a series of gothic mysteries with HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (book two) slated for release on September 19, 2017.



A 2016 BEA YA Buzz Book

 A #1 New York Times Bestseller from its first week! 

“An entertaining debut full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery.” 

School Library Journal

“Maniscalco has created a serious, sharp-minded, and forward-thinking protagonist in Audrey Rose, whose fearlessness will endear her to readers looking for an engaging historical thriller. Abundant red herrings and a dash of romance round out this gruesome but engrossing story.”

Publisher’s Weekly

redstar“This audiobook has everything: a true-life tale that has intrigued readers for 100-plus years, a young woman who balks at the constraints put upon women during the Victorian era, a marvelous yet somewhat gruesome mystery, and a narrator who brings you down into Spitalfields as Jack the Ripper earns his name. A must-have.”

School Library Journal (*starred review*)

“Audrey Rose Wadsworth prefers breeches to ball gowns, autopsies to afternoon tea, and scalpels to knitting needles. Though her father, Lord Edmund, has forbidden it, Audrey covertly studies forensic medicine…while “the Ripper” remains two steps ahead, lurking where Audrey least expects….Maniscalco’s portrayal of scientific invention in a newly industrial era will serve as a fine first foray into Victorian classics.” 


“Audrey is a young woman eager to use her brains and willing to flaunt society’s rules….This mystery pays homage to classics like Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [and] will satisfy those readers looking for historical mystery, a witty heroine, and a little romance.”

 School Library Connection

“Sherlock Holmes meets Mary Shelley in this brilliant take on the legendary tale of Jack the Ripper. With memorable characters and deliciously sexy writing, Kerri Maniscalco paints a picture of nineteenth-century London that lives and breathes in wonderfully sinister fashion. You won’t want to put this book down.”

Renée Ahdieh – #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“This grim gothic retelling of the Jack the Ripper story blends history and fiction in vivid detail. Audrey Rose is far braver than I, and I was glad to have her as my escort into Whitechapel. This is a book that will keep you up at night and haunt you during the day.”

Beth Revis – New York Times Bestselling Author

“With ample knowledge of Ripper lore, Maniscalco creates a steadfast and headstrong heroine who is as comfortable in gloves of blood as she is in watered silk. Filled with plenty of gory details, and no shortage of possible suspects, Stalking Jack the Ripper conveys the panic, paranoia, and fascination of 1880s London with a madman on the loose.”

Kendare Blake – New York Times Bestselling Author of Three Dark Crowns

“Dark and suspenseful…this book kept me guessing until its final, terrifying scenes.” 

Anna Carey – author of the EVE trilogy

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HuntingPrinceDracula_9780316551663_HCHUNTING PRINCE DRACULA (SJTR Book Two):

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.





A New York Times Bestseller from its first week!


“Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swiftpaced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations, Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp.”


“There are plenty of suspects and red herrings as well as tense escalations….A scenic, twisty mystery.”

Kirkus Reviews

 “Readers of the previous mystery will be thrilled to have more of this likable duo. [A] delightful romp into an 1888 Gothic mystery with a hint of romance.”

School Library Connection

“Audrey Rose is a smart, fearless, and progressive heroine. Plenty of red herrings, a conspicuous absence of blood, and a developing romance make this a must-read.”

School Library Journal


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First chapter is exclusively up on Entertainment Weekly: Read it here!


final cover houdiniESCAPING FROM HOUDINI (SJTR BOOK 3)

The #1 New York Times bestselling 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?

Out Now!

Praise for Escaping from Houdini:

A New York Times bestseller from its first week!

A USA Today bestseller from its first week!

“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.”


“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.”


“Every sentence of this novel drips with decadence. The settings and Midnight Carnival performances are lush yet dangerous, beautiful yet terrifying. It was easy to understand just how Audrey Rose comes to be so enthralled with the Midnight Carnival and the performers because, as readers, we’re put under the same exact spell…. Masterfully crafted.”


“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

“Young adult readers of crime novels will thrill to Maniscalco’s labyrinthine plot and the gruesome secrets it reveals. And yet Escaping from Houdini is also a love story, one in which Audrey Rose’s love for the charming and stalwart Thomas is tested by the exhilarating freedom represented by Mephistopheles’s unorthodox lifestyle. As one member of the Moonlight Carnival muses, ‘Normal is boring. Extraordinary is memorable.’ Like-minded readers will find Maniscalco’s latest foray into nineteenth-century forensic investigation anything but boring.”


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There is also an EXCLUSIVE B&N edition that features an entire bonus chapter! it’s not available anywhere else.

This B&N Exclusive Edition includes a full bonus chapter featuring a special encounter with Audrey Rose and Thomas, not available in any other edition! 

It’s a LIMITED edition, and will not be reprinted once supplies run out.


First chapter is exclusively up on Entertainment Weekly: Read it here!





9780316485548_p0_v2_s600x595CAPTURING THE DEVIL (SJTR Book 4)

In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer—or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.
Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.
Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?
Available everywhere on September 10, 2019.

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23 thoughts on “Books

  1. Kerri I LOVE your blog & I seriously hope you get published! You are witty, sarcastic, articulate, & funny, and I can’t wait to read more! Thanks for saving other would-be writers a lot of time by doing all the research and sharing it with us!

      1. HI Kerri!
        I have finished all 3 of your books: “Stalking Jack the Ripper”, “Hunting Prince Dracula”, and “Escaping From Houdini”; I am in LOVE with your series! I dont even know where to begin.
        I am interested in music.I have a singing talent and I would much like to ask…

        Could you make your book into a film?

        I would most be thrilled to cast into your SERIES!
        I live in a small town of Bayfield, Colorado.
        Half an hour away from Durango.

        I love all things victorian and gothic clothing, furniture, designs, etc, etc,…

        My favorite singers: Stevie Nicks, Amy Winehouse & Patricia Day (Horrorpops)
        My favorite Actress: Helena Bonhsm Carter.
        My favorite movie director/Producer:
        TIM BURTON (!!!!).

        I am 4’10 1/2
        26 Years old.
        I would love to escape the the small town life.
        I love horror movies, antique history, & haunted history as well!

        You can message me here on Facebook or email me at

        I hope to hear from you soon! 🙂

  2. So I have to say I absolutely LOVE Stalking Jack The Ripper. You are amazing and your writing is simply inspiring! I related to Audrey Rose in her wit and her need for female independence as well as maintaining propriety. I really hope that Audrey and Thomas have a long lasting relationship and I wish there was more. You are amazing and I love your work!

  3. I absolutely love love love your book and I know many of my students will too. I really hope you write more books with these characters. They are enthralling. I hope to see Audrey Rose and Thomas in more books and anything else you intend to write. Congrats!

  4. I have read Stalking Jack the Ripper and I loved it. I hope to read another one of your books. Thanks for writing them

  5. You are an amazing writer. When I finished Stalking the Ripper, I almost turned back to page 1 and reread it. When Hunting Prince Dracula came out I was the most excited I have been in a long time. I have hundreds of books and yours are my favorite. I cant get enough.

  6. I loved stalking jack the ripper and just could not put it down ( even when I had to go to bed).Then I found out that you wrote a second book. Hunting prince dracula I couldn’t even let it close until it was done even when walking every where. Please say your making a third book about a mystery or case in America and please say it’s coming out soon I love the way you write your books.

    P.S I love the way you write and hope you have more books in the future.

  7. I loved both stalking jack the ripper and hunting prince Dracula, I hope their would be a third book. I became a huge fan on how you write, I read so many horror and mystery with a pinch of seduction everyday and yours are on top of my list.

  8. Please, please, please say there is going to be another! What’s in store for them in America? I truly hope you continue the adventures of Thomas and Audrey Rose! I reread them just to pick out all the clues… and my favorite parts with Thomas and Audrey Rose!

  9. Kerri…I am in love with your books. I couldnt put them down. I cant wait for you to release the third and fourth books. I do hope you wont stop there.

  10. these books are all amazing and im so excited to read escaping from Houdini!! is there a way to buy meeting Thomas cress well, or has the opportunity passed?

  11. I just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper and I’m in love with your work! Jack the Ripper is my favorite historical mystery but your book gave me a whole new view on the legend. I’m super hopeful my first novel will be as fantastic as this book!

  12. I finished the newest book’ Escaping from Houdini’. I love this book series more than any other book series I’ve ever read. And I read A LOT! I can’t wait to see what the next amazing adventure the CressWorths are going on

  13. Just finished Escaping From Houdini. Looking forward to book 4 but also I’d read a whole book about Mephistopheles just sayin’ *swoon*

  14. I just want to say that you are an amazing writer. When I read Stalking Jack the Ripper I didn’t think it could get better but then Hunting for Prince Dracula came out and I was excited. Then when Escaping Houdini came out I couldn’t put it down. I am not one for romance but I loved how Cresswell and Wadsworth completed each other. I just cannot wait until book 4 comes out.

  15. I really like the series so far and can’t wait until the next book comes out! I love the way everything is laid out and the detail put into the story! I love the use of forensic science in the story as well, I hope there are more good things to come ^^

  16. I absolutely love your books! They truly do keep you hooked from the very first line and desperate for more when you finish the last. I can’t wait for the next book.

  17. So happy I found this series. Both intelligent and thrill seeking. Sorry to see it end but can’t wait for your next series.

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