Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: #2 in the All the Wrong Questions series (follows "Who Could That Be at This Hour?")
Summary: Lemony Snicket's mystery-solving adventures in the desolate town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea continue as he searches for a missing girl. Though his associate doesn't believe she's missing at all, Lemony suspects a plot that goes beyond a straightforward kidnapping. Why else would her sabotaged car still be parked in town?
My Rating: B+
This was another fun entry in the series. I quickly realized that I had forgotten almost everything from the first book, but the important bits were neatly summarized as it goes along. This one seemed to meander a bit more through the mystery, but not really unpleasantly so. The end was especially exciting and just a little bit spooky.
I like that this has some similarities to Series of Unfortunate Events because I loved that series so much, but I also like that this is very different. The nature of the story and mystery are different, the characters are different, the tone is different--yet it all fits seamlessly in the same Lemony Snicket universe.
Overall, it was a fun, engaging read with memorable characters and the usual Lemony Snicket-type antics. I'm very curious to see what happens as the series moves into the second half.
"'Boredom is not black licorice, Snicket,' she said. 'There's no reason to share it with me.'"--p. 117
"I reminded myself of a lesson I'd learned in my training: Do the scary thing first, and get scared later."--p. 129
"'You could make anything boring, Mimi! You're like a magic wand of boring!'"--p. 179