File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

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File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (hardcover)

by Lemony Snicket

(Too new for an AR quiz!)

This is an addition to the All the Wrong Questions Series, not one of the series of 4.  It is a set of “incidents” Lemony Snicket investigated while in Stain’d By the Sea.  Some of the characters are familiar (because they were in the first book), and some I’d never heard of.  You didn’t have to read the other books of the series to understand this book, but I’m sure it would have helped.  I have read “Who Could That Be At This Hour,” and I plan to pick up “When Did You See Her Last” as soon as summer vacation begins.  His third installment is supposed to be out this September, if I remember correctly.

What I liked about this book was, of course, Snicket’s humor.  I cannot get past his sarcasm and play on words.  His puns keep me rolling, and I’m constantly reading bits and pieces aloud to my husband, who either rolls his eyes or suppresses a chuckle (as not to give me the satisfaction of humoring him).  The fact that there is a company named Ink Inc. and a rocking chair store named Cozy’s (who is is suggested, should sell items like bubble bath, blankets, and pictures of kittens) makes me want more.  I will be the first to admit that I have a fifth grader’s sense of humor.

What I didn’t like about this book was the lack of connectedness.  The only book of short stories I can recall reading is by Edgar Allan Poe, and he didn’t really leave me wanting more.  13 Suspicious Incidents is a series of mysterious events requiring Snicket’s expertise in asking only a question or two to solve the mystery.  It was good, of course, but again, not A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Book 6 of 52

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