When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions)

Lemony Snicket
I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.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.

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Reviewed: 2020-07-22

Originally written in 2015

When Did You See Her Last is the second adventure of Lemony Snicket who asks too many wrong questions, but that’s good. At least for readers that enjoy his works.

If you decide to pick up this book you shouldn’t only have read the first book already, you also shouldn’t be in need of very deep content. As a lover of both A series of unfortunate events and the first book of All the wrong questions I definitely enjoyed to return to Stain’d-by-the-Sea once more. This time the reader joins Lemony Snicket on his search for a missing Girl, but I don't want to tell you too much about the chase. While the story is rather simple and answers get delivered rather quickly after a question arises, we still see ourselves confronted with the same questions in the end. Who is Hangfire and what is his and Lemony Snickets backstory? I also find myself highly interested in his sisters story, but I don’t know if my wish for an answer to that will be delivered one day.

Lemony Snicket as a character is as charming as in the first book. We also meet a lot of characters from the first book again as Stain’d-by-the-Sea isn’t a huge village (anymore). Some of the characters still frustrate or annoy me, but even those are growing on me. I don’t know how this happened, but I guess the book wouldn’t be the same without some obnoxious characters. Maybe it’s a part of Lemony Snickets charm.

I definitely will pick up the third book as part of me can’t wait to return to Stain’d-by-the-Sea and Lemony Snickets adventures about the mystery of Hangfire once more.

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