Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Who Could That Be at This Hour

Title: Who Can That Be at This Hour?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All the Wrong Questions, #1

Lemony Snicket has just completed his education. Now he must discover who in the dreary town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea would steal a statue of a Bombinating Beast. But mysteries are never simple and the deeper Lemony goes, the more he discovers that there’s more to this mystery than meets the eye. Aiding Lemony is his less-than competent chaperon S. Theodora Markson. Don’t ask what the S stands for because it, like many of the questions Lemony will ask along the way, is entirely the wrong question.

A mystery is solved with a story. The story starts with a clue, but the trouble is that you usually have no idea what the clue is, even if you think you know.”

Who Could That Be at This Hour reads like 1950s film noir in the form of a book except with a child for a narrator. At once dark and funny, Lemony Snicket’s (I feel sort of silly referring to him as a real person) book is filled with secrets, under-handed deals, and kidnap victims. His character is charming and clever and a bit naive, perfect for his age.

S. Theodora Markson may be my favorite character aside from Lemony. So sure of herself and convinced that Lemony is her inferior, she fails to see the larger picture even when it’s staring her in the face. She says many things without saying anything at all (yes, you read that sentence correctly) and is simply begging Lemony to fool her sometime in the future. Anyone of any age will enjoy this first book in Lemony Snicket’s mystery series All the Wrong Questions. And the illustrations by Seth are utterly charming too.

Rating: 4/5

★★★★

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