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'Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions)' by Lemony Snicket

By Mary Harris Russell

12:38 PM EST, January 7, 2013

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‘Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions)'

By Lemony Snicket

Little, Brown, $15.99, ages 9-12

For readers who've been missing "unfortunate events" with the Baudelaire children, welcome back to the land of Lemony Snicket. Here he brings a memoir of a young detective, 13, named "Lemony Snicket." LS-the-character, after unexpectedly exiting a family lunch through a restroom window, goes hunting for a missing statue of something called the "Bombinating Beast." (Think "Maltese Falcon") The setting? A wonderfully named town, "Stain'd-by-the-Sea." Apprentices, accomplices, actors and unusual words fill up the pages, along with butlers who did or didn't do it. Unanswered questions, and a next volume, beckon. A perfect gift for older Snicket fans, ready to noir-up.