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‘Who Could That Be At This Hour?’ by Lemony Snicket

‘This much-anticipated new series is, frankly, none of your business,” Lemony Snicket writes on the website for his latest book, “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” However, despite the tongue-in-cheek attempt at dissuasion by Snicket (a literary persona of author Daniel Handler), young fans of his “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books may not be able to help themselves.

While the characters in this “All the Wrong Questions” series opener are not as immediately arresting as Snicket’s Baudelaire siblings and evil Count Olaf, it has a contagious kinetic energy, as if it were written on a steady diet of espresso and sugar. The sophisticated novel demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues.

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