When Did You See Her Last?

Author: Lemony Snicket 
Pages: 288 
Publisher: Egmont 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): In the fading town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. 

Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business?

These are all the wrong questions.

My Summary: In the dreary town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, Lemony Snicket and his mentor S. Theodora Markson have been hired to investigate another case: the disappearance of Cleo Knight - the daughter of the wealthiest family in Stain'd-by-the-Sea and an aspiring chemist. With no note and no idea where she could have gone, Lemony is surprised to see that the girl's parents seem to have forgotten all about her. He knows her disappearance may very well have to do with Hangfire and his treachery, but with nothing but a few unreliable witness  statements and some honeydew melons to go  on, Lemony must call upon his friends Pip, Squeak, and Moxie to help find the missing girl.

Because "When Did You See Her Last?" is really the wrong question.

My Thoughts: Snicket never seems to disappoint. This is a MG novel, and the author manages to weave together so many intricate plot points that older readers will not be able to put it down and younger readers will not find it hard to follow. I devoured this book in just a little over four hours and immediately flipped to the first page to start again. 

I loved that the author made subtle references to his other books (A Series of Unfortunate Events), and his trademark wit and dictionary definitions were never lacking. I adored this book and I adore this series and just about everything Lemony Snicket has ever written. This was definitely not one of those sequels that doesn't measure up to its predecessor. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone looking for a refreshing MG read (and of course, to fans of Lemony Snicket). 

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