Do you like mysteries about seaside towns that are nowhere near the sea? Are you interested in people with strange names? Would you be brave enough to learn more about a missing statue of a mythological beast? If so, this book is for you.
Who Could That Be at This Hour? is the first book in Lemony Snicket’s new series; All The Wrong Questions. It is set in the curious town with the curious name: Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Lemony Snicket is a boy with a talent for collecting clues, and has become the apprentice of S. Theodora Markson, a bossy lady who is not as good at being a detective as she thinks. They travel to Stain’d-by-the-Sea and begin to unravel the mystery of the Bombinating Beast statue.
How can something be stolen by a family who has owned it for generations? Why would someone pretend to be someone they weren’t? What is Miss Markson’s first name? Lemony struggles to get to the bottom of these intriguing mysteries, with the help of Moxie, a girl who dreams of becoming a reporter…but will they solve the Bombinating Beast mystery, or are they asking all the wrong questions?
Fans of Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events novels will not be disappointed by his new book. Who Could That Be at This Hour? is written in the same clever, quirky style as Snicket’s previous books. I enjoyed the read, finding it funny and full of wit, but I thought that it was a little too much like A Series of Unfortunate Events. It didn’t seem fresh.
The characters in Who Could That Be at This Hour? were all wonderfully strange, from the know-it-all Miss Markson to the rather mad Dame Sally Murphy. The names were both bizarre and memorable, such as Prosper Lost, Dashiell Qwerty and Lemony Snicket himself.
If you like the mysterious, the thrilling and the rather crazy, then try Who Could That Be at this Hour?- you’re sure to be satisfied!
Reviewed by Tierney Reardon
Who Could That Be at This Hour?
by Lemony Snicket
Published by Hardie Grant Egmont