Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

eBook - 2012
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Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316246286
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (258 p.) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Seth 1962-


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CMLReads_Kristin Mar 20, 2017

If you've always wondered about Lemony Snicket's backstory, this is the series for you. Check out this first installment in a four-part series about all the wrong questions.

FindingJane Nov 30, 2016

This book is maddeningly cryptic and not in a good way. Questions pile up like clothes that have been carelessly tossed into a rickety closet so that you have to go digging in order to get that shirt you want. I realize that simile got away from me but it’s of a piece with this novel.

Matters rotate around a chintzy statue that almost everyone wants and no one seems to understand. People with whimsical names hover, eavesdrop, steal, lose, recover and bicker. Some of the dialogue is so pointless that it reads like a Nanowrimo exercise…just meaningless dribble meant to fill up a page and get to the 50,000-word count.

This is definitely not one of Mr. Snicket’s better works (in spite of eponymously naming his first-person narrator) and makes me wonder if his particular type of quirkiness is getting too tired. It might be best to forget this new series and stick with his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” novels.

Jul 05, 2016

This is a great mystery novel. Ellington Feint is my personal favorite because, she is someone who I believe hasn't shared all her secrets yet. In conclusion, i think that this book is one of a kind in the mystery section.

Feb 04, 2016

IT'S GRAET!!! IT'S oen the best in History!!!!!

Jul 18, 2015

The premise for this book was interesting, but I found myself with no answers to the strange situation that Lemony was in (why was he was with his pretend parents, how and why that ladder got into the bathroom etc. etc. etc.) It was confusing and all over the place. I found myself with many questions, but no answers. They were never answered in the book at all. Nothing was. I hate to say this, honestly, but the plot was just too ambiguous for me. I was too impatient to read this book, as it had no explanations for many of the events that took place. I do not think I'll be reading any of the other book any time soon.

Jul 18, 2015

I absolutely LOVED this book! The humour was great and the plot was engaging.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Set in the same world as Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book takes place decades earlier. Our author, at the time a young boy, runs away to join a nameless society. He becomes an apprentice to S. Theodora Markson, who is a mix between a private investigator and a secret agent.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/who_could_that_be_snicket

May 23, 2015

This is a wonderful and suspense filled book. (:

Apr 12, 2015

This book was a very good read.

ChristchurchKids Dec 22, 2014

Who Could That Be at This Hour? is uncanny, peculiar and outlandish, all words which here mean ‘quite strange.’ It’s the first book in Lemony Snicket’s new series, in which he gives an account of his apprenticeship in a secret organisation, ‘in a town overshadowed by a sinister conspiracy, culminating in some unnerving and troublesome truths that lay buried for a number of years, while people were busy doing somthing else.’ The story is addictive and once you start, it’s very hard to put down. It’s set in a strange little town, containing ‘a sea without water and a forest without trees,’ and it’s full of bizarre events and curious characters.

Nobody in this story is quite who they first appear to be. There is Lemony’s chaperone, S. Theodora Markson (don’t ask what the S stands for) who is not as competent or highly skilled as she portrays, the mysterious, coffee-drinking Ellington Feint, the shadowy Hangfire, and even Lemony Snicket himself. I love the way that Lemony Snicket describes some of the weird people he meets, like Stew,

He looked like the child of a man and a log, with a big, thick neck and hair that looked like a bowl turned upside down. He had a slingshot tucked into his pocket and a nasty look tucked into his eyes.

My favourite characters in the story are Pip and Squeak, the two brothers who drive the Bellerophon Taxi. They are supposedly filling in for their father, but they’re so short that one steers while the other sits on the floor and pushes the pedals.

If you love mystery and adventure stories, but also want a bit of a laugh, Who Could Be at This Hour? is the perfect book for you.

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May 23, 2015

"This is the account of the first one".

Jan 15, 2015

What is the deal with L.S. and the number 13?????? It's driving me nuts!

Apr 09, 2014

Over City was a sign that read Police Station and over Hall was a sign that read Library. I walked up the steps and made the sensible choice... pg. 73

Aug 03, 2013

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.--Dashiell Qwerty-Sub Librarian p. 75

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

"I'm reminded of a book my father used to read me," she said. "A bunch of elves and things get into a huge war over a piece of jewelry that everybody wants but nobody can wear."

"I never liked that kind of book," I replied. "There's always a wizard who's very powerful but not very helpful."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

She stood and ran quickly up the spiral staircase, her shoes making the sort of racket that might give you mother a headache, if you have that sort of mother.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I stopped looking at her typewriter and looked at her eyes. Their color was pretty interesting, too—a dark gray, like they’d once been black but somebody had washed them or perhaps had made her cry for a long time.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

He was younger than I think of librarians as being, younger than the father of anyone I knew, and he had the hairstyle one gets if one is attacked by a scissors-carrying maniac and lives to tell the tale.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

"Adults never tell children anything."

"Children never tell adults anything either," I said. "The children of this world and the adults of this world are in entirely separate boats and only drift near each other when we need a ride from someone or when someone needs us to wash our hands."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.


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May 23, 2015

He meets up with his chaperon. Change of plans so they go to this town where they've been asked to help retrieve a "stolen" item.


To be a success in Snicket’s line of work it’s important to know how to ask the right questions. And this is a problem since Snicket finds it difficult doing precisely that. He was supposed to meet his contact in the city. Instead, he finds himself whisked away to the country to a dying town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Once a bustling harbor, the town’s water was removed leaving behind a creepy seaweed forest and an ink business that won’t be around much longer. With his incompetent mentor S. Theodora Markson he’s there to solve the mystery of a stolen statue. Never mind that the statue wasn’t stolen, its owners don’t care who has it, and their client isn’t even a real person. When Snicket finds a girl looking for her father and learns the name of the insidious Hangfire things start to get interesting, not to mention dangerous. Can multiple mysteries be solved even if you keep following the wrong paths? Snicket’s about to find out.


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