I am a big Lemony Snicket fan. When I was ill and could not read, I found the "Series of Misfortunate Events" series and loved it. I know it is meant for middleschoolers but the story had so many twists and turns I loved it. I loved the characters as well. So a few months ago when I found out this book would be coming out I was excited.
I listened to it on Audibles which was fun. I only used Audibles for a horror book before. In this book Snicket got thirteen different people to narrate. The book is 13 different "cases" to solve. Each person (men and women) narrate from the perspective of Lemony Snicket. He is in a secret organization but and apprentice and not allowed to talk about it. I do not want to spoil something at the end but it was good.
The book tells you these 13 different stories that all take place in a little town where Lemony lives with his mentor. And at the end of each story, you are told you will find the answer filed under "xyz case" and in the back of the book, all the mysteries are revealed. It was so much fun! I only guessed three of the thirteen. But they were really tough lol! I need more practice and maybe have to read more crime solving novels.
If you have read anything by Snicket, this book follows his normal pattern of how he explains everything he sees, hears, smells, etc so well. And there is a lot of humor in the stories. Snicket is a very likable character and he uses his other characters to frame his stories very well.
My favorite stories were (and it was hard to hear I had to rewind so I hope I got these right) Black Nails, Through the Window, Homemade Furniture (aka The Big Bad Brick Club), Small Sound, Chopped Knee, and Panicked Feet.
I would definitely recommend this for middle school children. They can learn a lot because Snicket, and he did this in the Unfortunate Events series, uses some big words but explains them. I think that is a good way for kids to learn new words. As far as adults, it is a fun, quick read and if you like mysteries, you have to love it. I would definitely read more of Lemony Snicket's works.