Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: Little Brown
Young Lemony Snicket continues his time with the unusual S. Theodora Markson as he continues to try solving mysteries while asking all the wrong questions. When the brilliant scientist Cleo Knight disappears, Lemony takes on the case with the help of the mysterious girl he met in his last case. Although it appears that Cleo intended to run off, there is strong evidence that she was kidnapped instead. The villainous Hangfire seems to be behind the disappearance, but while Lemony should have been asking the question” How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?” and other questions, he always seems to ask the wrong ones. Even though his questions might be off, he manages to find the missing Cleo, but there are still many more questions that he has left to uncover.
Fans of Lemony Snicket’s other works will recognize his trademark wit and habit of explaining what words mean in funny ways will enjoy this series about the author and character they know from the other books. It helps answer some of the questions that were left unanswered in Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, but also puts in more, like how did this clever, witty Lemony Snicket turn into the despairing one in the other series? While more convoluted than the original series, people who like Snicket’s typical writing will enjoy reading this somewhat prequel series to his popular Series of Unfortunate Events.