If you haven’t read Who Could That Be at This Hour? the second book may be confusing to you, as it does have follow-up and a continued storyline. So I’d recommend reading the books in order!
Nearly thirteen years old and graduated from an enigmatic school, Lemony Snicket finds himself still in the nearly empty town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea and still apprenticed to the crazy-haired S. Theodora.
When a request comes in to investigate the disappearance of a young, brilliant chemist named Cleo Knight who also happens to be the daughter of the wealthy family of Ink Inc. fortune, Lemony and S. Theodora are on the case.
But sightings of Cleo taking off in a taxi and advising she was off to join the circus have come in, and S. Theodora calls it a closed case.
Yet Lemony is most definitely not certain of that. After all, there is the issue of Cleo’s expensive, abandoned Dilemma, a purchase of cereal, and the poor eyesight of the only grocer in town.
Clearly this is not a closed case, and Lemony will continue to investigate – even if he does ask all the wrong questions…
Just as in Who Could That Be at This Hour?, When Did You See Her Last? Is a delightful, nonsensical clue-finding entertainment of a novel.
Lemony Snicket as a character is solemn, secretive and quite clearly intelligent. Certainly not the average pre-teen. His humor is often sarcastic or witty, and the characters surrounding him are often ludicrous.
Stain’d-by-the-Sea is the most bizarre little town; it’s an excellent place to situate a fun, crazy little mystery such as this. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I look forward to more in the series and can’t help but hope for more hints of Lemony’s future investigating the Baudelaire orphans.
Fun, silly, quick read!!!