Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

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Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316123082
Characteristics: 258 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Seth 1962-- Illustrator


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A quick, and quirky fun read about a clever boy investigating the theft of a seemingly unimportant statue, in a place strange and sinister.
As to expected from the reputable Lemony Snicket, his writing, despite being simplistic, sweeps readers of their feet in it's charm and precession.

Jun 07, 2020

I love All The Wrong Questions and also, they secretly add hints to stuff in A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Though they only have eBooks of 1 and 3 so it’s hard during these times... I’ve read the whole series!

CCCL_BeckyN Dec 26, 2019

In true Lemony Snicket form, there are more questions raised than answers. If you enjoyed the Series of Unfortunate Events and its eerie mysteries, you'll probably like this as well.

Feb 10, 2019

truly a amazing novel

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Feb 04, 2019

This book was such a pleasure to read. Lemony Snicket's books are always so much fun, full of witty dialogue, unusual descriptions, and lots of wordplay.

Jul 25, 2018

I really loved this book, one of my favourites. It was a awesome mystery and adventure book that takes place in "Stain'd By The Sea" (You'll figure out why its named this). A young boy named Lemony Snicket embarks on an epic adventure with his chaperone. Their unique travels include two young women, ink, and a beloved statue of a mythological creature. If you've read "A Series Of Unfortunate Events", you will love this book. My favourite character is Moxie Mallahan, a young aspiring journalist that befriends Lemony. Please read this book, I loved it so much and I think anyone who likes adventure and/or mystery will enjoy reading "Who Could That Be at This Hour?".

GCPL_Youth Jul 17, 2018

If you've read and enjoyed 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' you'll love this series, too. It's got the same witty tone of voice, the same bizarre humor, and the same lack of neat endings as the original series. If you haven't read 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' then beware, this book has a sassy tone of voice, weird humor, and not many clear explanations. Good luck and happy reading!

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 20, 2017

If you've always wondered about Lemony Snicket's backstory, this is the series for you. Check out this first installment in a four-part series about all the wrong questions.

FindingJane Nov 30, 2016

This book is maddeningly cryptic and not in a good way. Questions pile up like clothes that have been carelessly tossed into a rickety closet so that you have to go digging in order to get that shirt you want. I realize that simile got away from me but it’s of a piece with this novel.

Matters rotate around a chintzy statue that almost everyone wants and no one seems to understand. People with whimsical names hover, eavesdrop, steal, lose, recover and bicker. Some of the dialogue is so pointless that it reads like a Nanowrimo exercise…just meaningless dribble meant to fill up a page and get to the 50,000-word count.

This is definitely not one of Mr. Snicket’s better works (in spite of eponymously naming his first-person narrator) and makes me wonder if his particular type of quirkiness is getting too tired. It might be best to forget this new series and stick with his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” novels.

Jul 05, 2016

This is a great mystery novel. Ellington Feint is my personal favorite because, she is someone who I believe hasn't shared all her secrets yet. In conclusion, i think that this book is one of a kind in the mystery section.

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May 23, 2015

"This is the account of the first one".

What is the deal with L.S. and the number 13?????? It's driving me nuts!

Apr 09, 2014

Over City was a sign that read Police Station and over Hall was a sign that read Library. I walked up the steps and made the sensible choice... pg. 73

Aug 03, 2013

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.--Dashiell Qwerty-Sub Librarian p. 75

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

"I'm reminded of a book my father used to read me," she said. "A bunch of elves and things get into a huge war over a piece of jewelry that everybody wants but nobody can wear."

"I never liked that kind of book," I replied. "There's always a wizard who's very powerful but not very helpful."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

She stood and ran quickly up the spiral staircase, her shoes making the sort of racket that might give you mother a headache, if you have that sort of mother.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I stopped looking at her typewriter and looked at her eyes. Their color was pretty interesting, too—a dark gray, like they’d once been black but somebody had washed them or perhaps had made her cry for a long time.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

He was younger than I think of librarians as being, younger than the father of anyone I knew, and he had the hairstyle one gets if one is attacked by a scissors-carrying maniac and lives to tell the tale.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

"Adults never tell children anything."

"Children never tell adults anything either," I said. "The children of this world and the adults of this world are in entirely separate boats and only drift near each other when we need a ride from someone or when someone needs us to wash our hands."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.


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May 23, 2015

He meets up with his chaperon. Change of plans so they go to this town where they've been asked to help retrieve a "stolen" item.


To be a success in Snicket’s line of work it’s important to know how to ask the right questions. And this is a problem since Snicket finds it difficult doing precisely that. He was supposed to meet his contact in the city. Instead, he finds himself whisked away to the country to a dying town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Once a bustling harbor, the town’s water was removed leaving behind a creepy seaweed forest and an ink business that won’t be around much longer. With his incompetent mentor S. Theodora Markson he’s there to solve the mystery of a stolen statue. Never mind that the statue wasn’t stolen, its owners don’t care who has it, and their client isn’t even a real person. When Snicket finds a girl looking for her father and learns the name of the insidious Hangfire things start to get interesting, not to mention dangerous. Can multiple mysteries be solved even if you keep following the wrong paths? Snicket’s about to find out.


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