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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 aI 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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"When Did You See Her Last?" Reviews

  • Bryan Hall
    2019-02-12 03:40

    "Of course you can trust me - we read the same books."I can never get enough of the Snicket world and perspective. He captures so perfectly the child's view of adults as know-nothings who just get in the way, and his characters achieve the right mixture of innocence and world-weariness that define gifted children. Aside from the trademark Snicket tone, I preferred the plotting of this book to the first in this series, and I enjoyed some added allusions to A Series of Unfortunate Events. This one didn't quite overcome my main criticism of the last book, that it doesn't settle into the noir genre as completely as I think was intended; the genre of Children's Book comes on a little too strong at times, leaving the hardboiled trappings behind more than I'd like. But that's only a concern when looking back -- I certainly didn't want to put it down at any point while I was reading it.

  • Josiphine/Tessa
    2019-02-18 02:57

    I hate the fact that I read these books right when they come out and then have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR for the next one. *pouts* How can you leave me hanging like that, Snicket?The only unpleasant thing about this book is that I must wait another whole year to find out what happens next. The writing is witty, the characters are the sort of people that I want to be friends with, and the plot is interesting, in a convoluted way. I love this series because it answers so many questions about 'A Series of Unfortunate Events.' However, it brings up just as many new ones as it answers, so perhaps that is not such bonus.One question, whether it is the right one or the wrong one: How did this Lemony Snicket, a clever, optimistic boy, grow up to be the depressed, hopeless man we see in ASOUE? I'm not sure I want to find out. Reread: 11/10/15 Still awesome.

  • Ilenia Zodiaco
    2019-01-29 00:51

    Ancora meglio del primo."Non c'è realtà che abbia il potere di dissipare un sogno"

  • Leah Craig
    2019-01-27 00:35

    ‪I am 26 years old, and just now realizing that my sense of humor was very largely developed at age 10 from Lemony Snicket novels

  • Emily Letras
    2019-02-14 03:54

    Though this series is certainly more obtuse than A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm going to keep reading, because I just love Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket's writing style. And I must admit, I enjoyed this book more than Who Could That Be At This Hour. I'm hoping that this series ends up being the prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events or that they otherwise dovetail in some way. Here are some of my favorite quotations from this book: "We were more like jigsaw pieces, each of us parts of the same big picture. There are people like this wherever you go. They are part of the same mystery as you are, but you can't quite tell how you fit together. The world is a puzzle, and we cannot solve it alone" (pg. 142). "A laugh is harder to swallow whole than a honeydew melon. Her mouth twisted every which way, and her eyes flitted madly as she looked everywhere but at me...We waited until it was safe to open up the laugh, and then we shared it" (pg. 194). "Being curious is the most important part of being a journalist. It might be the most important part of being anything" (pg. 262).

  • Emrys
    2019-02-07 00:44

    Best Lemony Snicket book so far. In which Lemony shows us himself what he's always hinted at before. Children have to stand up, use their curiosity, find their strength, stop listening to arbitrary adults. If they work smarter and work together children can save the day and fix the world.Quotesp.176 "My father would never do terrible things."I did not answer. I did not know the man. It seemed to me that every adult did something terrible sooner or later. And every child, I thought, sooner or later becomes an adult. I did not like to think this, so I listened instead to the sounds of the player piano tangling with the sounds of Armstrong Feint's music box.p.184 I blinked at him and saw him in a new light, a phrase which here means that I no longer thought he was harmless. We are all told to ignore bullies. It's something they teach you, and they can teach you anything. It doesn't mean you learn it. It doesn't mean you believe it.One should never ignore bullies. One should stop them.I read this as an arc.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-01-24 07:55

    This series is turning out to be super fun! The characters are hilarious and quirky and the plot is mysterious and exciting. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. :)

  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    2019-02-13 07:54

    I've finally finished one, guys!!!!! Review to come eventually...Some time later..."It's good to know who are the bad guys and who are the good guys," Moxie continued, but I shook my head. "It is often said that people do things because they are goo or evil, but in my experience that is not always the case. . . As far as I could tell, people didn't do things because they were good or evil. They did things because they could not think of what else to do . . ."I read the first book in this series at the beginning of last year because we had been doing a mystery unit in one of my grad classes. I found these while browsing the shelves at my library and thought to myself, "Well Arielle, you loved Series of Unfortunate Events so why not give these a try?" And I did. I am so glad I did. Like his other series, these are books that have enough mysterious things going on that you don't get all the answers to to keep you slightly frustrated but interested enough to obviously keep wanting each new book."Serendipity?""Serendipity is a happy accident," Qwerty said. In a library, that could mean finding something you didn't know you were looking for." <----as a librarian I FULLY enjoyed that quote (bc it's so true!)The town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea is a mystery all on its own--even without taking into account it's eccentric residents. I mean a town that flourished because of ink??? And is not pretty much destitute because it has run out and all of the squid have gone away?! Pretty creative premise if you ask me. So between that and the actual mystery of this weird statue that's being stolen, and a father who's gone missing. She was using the same smile, too. It was a smile I liked. It was a smile that might have meant anything.By now I've thought long and hard about who exactly I would recommend this to and honestly I think the answer is anyone. Obviously if you love his writing you're going to love these books. The only tricky thing here is age. Mind you these are middle grade books. They're easy to read and use big random words--but always explain them (not that middle grade kids don't know big words but you get what I mean). There definitely were some literary jokes though, that I felt like I appreciated way more as a 25-year-old than I ever would have as a younger person (if I would have caught the sarcasm at all). Either way, a person of any age can get something out of these books and appreciate them for what they are! I'll definitely be picking up the next one soon.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-02-03 05:40

    Dear Mr. Snicket, WHEN WILL YOU ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS?sincerely, I'm-waiting-to-find-out-what-VFD-stands-for Basically if Lemony Snicket writes it, I think it's awesome.Yup, I'm totally biased like that. I loooovedWhen Did You See Her Last?because it contains all of the normal Snicket-awesome flairs, a great mystery, and dumpling soup. I love the random things that get thrown together and end up making sense (?!). I love how we still don't know what S. Theodora stands for. Okay, actually I hate that. Is it that hard just to answer questions? Instead he creates more. It's like an itch you can't scratch. BUT ANYWAY.My favourite characters so far are Lemony and Moxie.Apart from having a brilliant name, Moxie is a reporter. She reminds me a lot of Isabelle out ofThe Inventions of Hugo Cabret . She has a typewriter and she's there no matter what. So it did drive me a little bonkers that Snicket wasn't very loyal to her. He LEFT her in the library! For hours! He didn't even explain! Okay, so there were worse places to leave people, but I wished he'd communicated more with Moxie because she's awesome.Snicket himself is really clever and facetious.He's so funny! He goes to great lengths to solve mysteries even when everyone calls him an idiot and ignores his suspicious. Oh my gosh, Theodora drives me BONKERS. I know Snicket has a reason for everything he does, but seriously? He needs to give his mentor the flick and go get someone to work with who has a brain.The biggest problem with this series is that it's taking FOREVER to come out. I WANT MORE.I'm sure Mr. Snicket is revelling in the glory of his mysterious writing on some forgotten VFD island with horseradish and sheepskin clothing and saying, "I won't force you to read this series, but you're going to because the questions are burning you."PS I'm a bit sad there's only going to be 4 books in this series...

  • Jay
    2019-01-23 00:47

    I think the author, Lemony Snicket, may be a villain.I'm not 98% sure. He says things like "the world is a puzzle and none of us can solve it alone." (I may not have the quote quite right. I listened to it in audiobook, so instead of writing in the book's margins, I was required to repeat aloud what I wanted to remember. Those audible notes turn out to be particularly difficult to access at a later time, such as now, when I'm writing a review of the villainous (possibly) author, Lemony Snicket. I mean a review of his book, though, in fact, much of this review shall be about the author himself, because I do not want to spoil anything from the book.) He says that as an apprentice, he encouraged other apprentices to find new ways of doing things in an attempt to make the world a better place. As a responsible adult (I assume I am responsible for something at this point, having lived multiple decades), I know that "find new ways of doing things," when said by an apprentice, is a code for "turn to villainy." If there were a better way of doing things, surely adults would have already thought of it (therefore this must be the best of all possible worlds).The world Mr. Snicket so politely describes from his days down in Stained by the Sea, is full of melancholy (which here means a type of sadness, though depending on your age and musical habits, it may make you think of babies). The world he describes is not right, which is not right because adults have already made this the best of all possible worlds (see a sentence in some previous paragraph).In conclusion, this Mr. Snicket is clearly a possible villain. That's on the one hand. On another hand, he writes stories full of biting fish and mystery and surprises and clever characters and a good deal of wisdom (though possibly villainous wisdom). On the last and final hand, he is not an actual detective, for he is just poking things to see what happens and then trying to understand the puzzles he finds. Despite the fact that this is the way things end up being understood, we should not be talking that way and so his book should be censored, as should all previous and future books of his (after I have read the future ones, I mean). In fact, all writings about this book series -- all reviews, advertisements, and private conversations -- should also be censored so that all of the impressionable and the unimpressionable public should not be exposed to these thoughts that I delight to read. Yes, possibly a villain.

  • Lucas Fogaça
    2019-01-21 05:54

    Essa série é uma das mais divertidas, Snicket é sarcástico e inteligente o tempo todo. Não sei porque demorei 2 anos e meio pra continuar, mas certamente não vou levar o mesmo tempo pra pegar o próximo.

  • Sesana
    2019-02-19 04:53

    This is almost as good as the first book in the series. Almost. It still has the trademark Snicket manipulation of language, the overall pessimism, and the generally useless if (sometimes) well-meaning adults. But the middle section of the book feels stretched out. This is a 370 page book that probably could have been 300 pages. And since the Big Bad of the series was revealed in the previous book, there's no real suspense. Of course he's involved in this mystery! However, there are mysteries within mysteries, the small, strange questions that made me love and get addicted to A Series of Unfortunate Events.

  • Anna
    2019-02-03 02:37

    The mystery continues as Lemony Snicket has another case to solve in spite of his curiously uncurious chaperone, S. Theodora Markson -- after all he is only an apprentice. He is constantly worried about his sister but mostly he is worried about the role Hangfire is playing not only in this town but in Lemony's troubles. And, of course, will Snicket finally ask the right questions?I really love these books for the odd humor and characters -- and all the snicket-isms.“No matter how many slow and complicated mysteries I encounters in my life, I still hope that one day a slow and complicated mystery will be solved quickly and simply. An associate of mine calls this feeling “the triumph of hope over experience”, which simply means that it’s never going to happen, and that is what happened then.”― Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?“We were more like jigsaw pieces, each of us parts of the same big picture. There are people like this wherever you go. They are part of the same mystery as you are, but you can’t quite tell how you fit together. The world is a puzzle, and we cannot solve it alone.”― Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

  • Diletta
    2019-01-27 07:04

    Oh, Lemony. Anche questa volta hai vinto mi sa. La mia testa è già andata, di nuovo, e il mio cuore, anche quello lo stai strapazzando di nuovo.

  • Ellen Trautner
    2019-01-21 00:51

    Another funny and entertaining read. I love the writing style of Lemony Snicket, even if he gives more questions than answers! I read some other reviews which mentioned that this book (the second in a 4 part series about Lemony Snicket's youth) reveals or at least hints at answers from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Those were lost on me, because I read ASOUE so long ago I can't remember my questions. I'm watching the Netflix series now, so hopefully that will refresh my memory. I recognized a few allusions to ASOUE in this book (for example, the librarian is about to say "The World Is Quiet Here" but gets cut short) but those were just fun connections.Anyways, 13 year old Lemony is a delight. I love the friends he makes and how he makes them ("You can trust me--we like the same books." A sentiment appreciated here!) and he also makes really funny, yet insightful observations about the world from a kid's perspective. Some not so funny, but very important, insights are also given--his observation about bullies is really good, and I think important for kids to consider because it's more complex than the standard "No bullying" message at schools.You can read this book in a day easily. It's a page turner and has some great twists!

  • Sheida
    2019-01-30 04:01

    An easy read with some quite memorable quotes and the trademark Snicket style that’s always a delight.

  • Sheila Fernández
    2019-02-16 23:38

    He tardado dos meses en leerlo porque estaba bloqueada pero me ha gustado mucho (y mucho más que el primero). Eso sí, estos libros pierden mucho si los lees traducidos.

  • Dan Thompson
    2019-01-30 06:04

    I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this sequel to last year's New York Times bestselling, Who Could That Be At This Hour? I was pretty honest about being extremely disappointed by its lacklustre plot and uneven pace. But as a self confessed Lemony Snicket fan, I let bygones be bygones, and decided to give this a go. I knew it was going to be another mystery case set in the rather unusual, extremely run down Stain'd-by-the-Sea, but other than the obviously revealing title "When Did You See Her Last?" I didn't know what to expect.What I should have expected to see, and indeed you do, was Lemony Snicket's flamboyant and peculiar writing style. I think he really set himself aside as quite original, and for the A Series of Unfortunate Events it really worked. Here however, it reads stodgy at times, but incredibly fluid in others, which is a good improvement on the first instalment. I actually found myself smirking on occasions with this second book in a four part series, chronically the young investigator, Lemony Snicket, who as we all know, was the lurk in the background storyteller in the ASOUE.The plot really works well here, and to be honest it needed to be. A young scientist has been kidnapped, and with Lemony's chaperone, the rather delightful (or not) S. Theodora Markson totally inept at actually solving the case, we see the young genius himself gather up all the clues. I mean it isn't complicated, but as children's fiction goes, it's quite enjoyable. We see Lemony steal from a Grocery Store, stalk a deadly nurse who is exceedingly good with knives, gets arrested, breaks in to a hospital .... As you've probably guessed, a much more action-orientated book. And it works, I mean I struggled to get through the first instalment, but I found myself wanting to find out what happens next here, which is always a good thing.Perhaps as we are already acquainted with the majority of the characters, I got on with them better here. I always find the eccentric journalist, Moxie Mollington a joy to read. Her relationship with Lemony is always funny, an appeal I think can extend to both its child audience as well as the adults who probably read it. And the rather ingenious turntable of adults behaving like children, and children behaving like adults is a curious, smart little feature. Lemony is brilliantly sarcastic, which I think is a real highlight.Despite the central plot of trying to discover the kidnapped Cleo Knight, extra attention is added to the rather suspicious goings-on with Lemony's sister back in the city. Apart from discovering that she is planning on stealing an object from a museum, it still remains largely secretive - a story arc that will undoubtedly run through the entire series. And with Lemony's crush on Ellington Feint growing more and more obvious, When Did You See Her Last? has extra layers, both in terms of plot and themes.Yes, it is better, considerably so, but it still fails to live up to the authors previous works. It still feels quite formal, rather than charming, and there are many annoying attributes to be found in Stain'd-by-the-Sea. When the desired effect is not to be annoyed, it does make you question just how far the author is willing to take it. And maybe it is just me, but I thought the whole point of mystery novels, whether they be for children or adults, is the whole guessing who done it. I mean it is never affirmed, just Lemony's guess work in the beginning, but it soon becomes apparent exactly who is behind the kidnapping, and so the whole story revolves around trying to find out where the missing girl is being kept, rather than capturing the bad guy - ie, there are no surprises, which is a shame.This sequel is much darker, and probably a little more sinister, and on the whole an improvement. It adds depth to a town that is quirky, interesting in its own right and probably has a lot of hidden secrets still yet to be unearthed. Witty characters, as well as huge amounts of sarcasm from its protagonist means I was shocked to discover, I quite enjoyed this. It still isn't a perfect read, but that doesn't mean it isn't readable, and in my own opinion, I think When Did You See Her Last? has saved the series, and possibly the authors credibility.

  • Matt Raymond
    2019-01-23 23:59

    Compared to the first book in this series, this is a huge improvement. While the first book set up the characters, setting and the expectations (you know, all horrible/terrible things that will inevitably befall the Snickets), the second book explores those set ups and expands them with a noir twist.The incompetent S. Theodora Markson & Snicket take on a new case in Stain'd by the Sea, this time looking for missing Ink Inc. heiress and genius chemist Chloe Knight. It is alleged she's created a new type of ink which would revitalize the dying town, and her parents are worried & all that. But Snicket finds too many alibis, putting her in two places at once, so it's up to him to find the real Chloe Knight, stop the imposter & maybe even expose the villain Hangfire before he causes more trouble for the dying town.I liked this one a lot more than the first, and maybe that's because there's a clear villain and more characters to laugh at. The plot, again, is very much a Raymond Chandler rip off. The plot is so familiar I swear I've read it before, but unlike the first book which is basically The Maltese Falcon, this one eludes me. In any case, everything I liked about the first one is in here. Add to that some interesting banter between Snicket and the friends he makes, and minus the annoying adults constantly bickering. Well they're still bickering, but mostly to the side while Snicket narrates something else to us that's a lot more interesting.I'm looking forward to the next book, and I'm officially on the bandwagon for this series. Even if you're not a noir fan, it's still worth it to enjoy the nods to the genre. And for a kids book, that's pretty cool.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-14 01:56

    I enjoyed this second of four books as it follows Lemony Snicket as he tries to solve several mysteries in the slowly-crumbling town Stain'd-by-the-Sea. As all good detectives know, mysteries can be solved by asking the right questions, and from the book's opening pages, Snicket makes it clear that he has not done so. The mystery that he manages ultimately to solve would be much more easily figured out if he had. The problem about the whereabouts of chemist and rich daughter Cleo Knight is supposed to be tackled by Snicket and his chaperone, but he does most of the heavy lifting. There is plenty of intrigue and danger afoot here with Snicket making his usual observations on life and his own appointed role in the world. It will be interesting to see how all four books come together in the end since the villain has once again made his escape and lived to keep doing his evil deeds. It's interesting how the author deftly blends in ample cups of humor and fear in the book.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-15 04:41

    A fun second installment of the series, though not as heavy with the elements I loved in the first one, though they are there, i.e., the cab drivers and the "tips" (book recommendations) which, once again, I enjoyed figuring out. Even more than before, the two girls in the life of the almost-13-year old Lemony remind me of the women in hard-boiled detective fiction, a la Dashiell Hammett, though Snicket insists he himself is not a detective. I liked the musings about bullies, both what to do about them and understanding why someone might be one.

  • 15VanGeesbergenH
    2019-01-29 04:38

    I enjoyed this one most out of all of the series. It was a good plot and unexpected.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-28 02:56

    The adventures of young Lemony Snicket continues in the second All the Wrong Questions book with When Did You See Her Last?, a mystery where a young girl called Cleo Knight appears to have disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Like the first book, Snicket remains in Stain’d-by-the-Sea, the landlocked former prosperous town whose fortune derived from seas of ink now dried up, with his master, S. Theodora Markson (the S. remains a secret). But the game is afoot and Snicket is on the trail! I’d never read a Lemony Snicket novel until the first All The Wrong Questions book and quite liked it’s barmy characters, eccentric narrator, and crackling wit – that the plot flew about like a Dr Seuss story and featured the amazing art of Seth was the icing on the cake (actually Seth’s art was the selling point). So it’s disappointing to say that the second book didn’t live up to my hopes of an equally entertaining read.The story starts well as Snicket investigates Cleo’s disappearance, the oddball characters interact brilliantly, and the pacing is perfect - and then the book gets bogged down with a number of slow, uninteresting scenes, a lot of middle where middling things happen, and then we’re back to the plot where the mystery is revealed (and it’s not much of a reveal – we know the bad guy is Hangfire already, so guess who’s behind the kidnapping? Xactly).Daniel Handler can write excellent dialogue - “Boredom is not black licorice, Snicket. There’s no reason to share it with me” (p.119) - but there are too many moments where it feels he’s just marking time, filling up space, or else just plain spinning his wheels. I realise this is a kids’ book so I won’t judge it so harshly though I felt even kids’ attention would be tried with this rather plodding book. So why am I reading a kids’ book? It’s not that I’m a Lemony Snicket fan but rather I am a HUGE fan of Seth’s art. If you’ve never heard of Seth aka Gregory Gallant, you need to read his stuff. Clyde Fans, Palookaville, Wimbledon Green, It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken - amazing comics all. Plus he did the art on Aimee Mann’s record Lost in Space, arguably her masterpiece, enhanced and matched by Seth’s retro art style. I honestly wouldn’t have bothered with this series if it weren’t for Seth. Daniel Handler can write really well but he writes such weirdly forgettable prose that disappears as soon as I read it. This isn’t just a reflection of his kids books, but I’ve also read one of his adult novels, Adverbs, and even as I was reading it I couldn’t have told you what it was about. 6 years later and the only thing that I recall about it is the title. The characters are by and large cartoonishly delightful - I love that in this book the kids behave like adults and vice versa - though besides some occasionally brilliant lines, they are generally static and therefore uninteresting in what is a plot-driven genre, besides which the plot is a very basic mystery, and there were too many scenes that had no relevance to the story and weren’t even entertaining. I love Seth’s art but I wish this book had had a tighter plot and stepped at a more brisk pace. (This is a minor point but for bibliophiles like me - not at all as perverted a label as it sounds! - it’s important: this book is much larger than the previous one. The first book had this pleasantly compact size and nice-feeling cover; this second is larger and has a generically smooth cover. It’s annoying because it looks a lot less appealing despite the wonderful design Seth’s given it, and feels overall a lot cheaper. Books are wonderful objects in themselves and in this day and age if a reader chooses a book over an e-book, it’s because we enjoy the tactile experience of a book - replace that with an inferior copy than the superior one previously experienced and it makes the experience that less enjoyable. Here’s hoping they stop messing about with cheap formats for the next one!)

  • Lynn K.
    2019-01-26 03:41

    This series continues to be a super fun read. Some questions are answered and other questions arise. I do love Snicket's style of writing, very dry and witty.

  • Wandering Librarians
    2019-02-04 05:02

    Lemony Snicket's All the Wrong Questions series continues with his second wrong question, "When did you see her last?" Snicket and his incompetent chaperon, still in the dying town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, take on a new case of the missing Cloe Knight. Snicket's chaperon quickly decides Miss Knight has run away to join the circus, but Snicket is doubtful. Evil villain Hangfire is still on the loose, and Snicket and his collection of journalist, taxi driving, and statue-stealing friends work to get to the bottom of the mystery, which grows more mysterious all the time.I felt the same way about this as I felt about this first in the series. OK, but not quite up to A Series of Unfortunate Events. Not as clever, not as sharp, not as funny, and not as interesting. We are slowly learning more things about Snicket and the mysterious organization he works for, but not much. It is still very much a secret. We do learn that Snicket has both a brother and a sister, and that his sister is in another city, preforming a task alone which Snicket should have helped her with.It is revealed that Hangfire is also part of a secret organization, that seems bent on doing evil. Perhaps a connection to the villains that kept popping up in A Series of Unfortunate Events?As with last time, I enjoyed all the little asides Lemony Snicket is famous for, but for whatever reason, this series just doesn't work as well. I still keep reading them because I want to see how much will be revealed about the secret organization. And I am curious: will Beatrice ever make an appearance? There are two more books in the series to find out.

  • Alessandra
    2019-01-25 01:37

    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.

  • Victoria
    2019-01-26 00:55

    The second book of the series is even better than the first one. And, surprisingly, it gives more answers than the first one, which is unlikely for a Snicket book. You can really empathize with Lemony Snicket by now, even though we still don't know what exactly his sister is up to and why it needs to be done, you're already worried for what will happen to her. I believe this is very hard for the author to achieve with a character that only really appeared once throughout the story: during a short phone call.As to to the plot and mysteries of this book, it was much more intriguing than the first one. Lemony Snicket received a missing person case: he had to look for Cleo Knight, which is a new character for the reader, but comparing to the first book, he now does it with the help of other characters we've learned to love by now: Moxie Mallahan - the desperate journalist, Ellington Feint - the mysterious runaway in search of her kidnapped father, Officers Mitchum - a bickering married couple and, of course, Pip and Squeak. Although S. Theodora Markson, Snicket's chaperone, is only causing trouble instead of being a good teacher for her apprentice, she's still quite likeable as a character and I wish there were more episodes with her involved in When Did You See Her Last?.All in all, it's a decent sequel in the series and makes you want to continue diving into the adventure.

  • Roxanne
    2019-02-08 03:55

    When Did You See Her Last is a continuation of Who Could That Be at This Hour. You would be able to follow the story if you didn't read the first book, but it's much more fun to read them in sequence. In fact, it's much much more fun if you've read the entire Unfortunate Events series because there are references made to those books as well.When Did You See Her Last is laugh-out-loud fun. The story just keeps getting more intricate and bizarre. I love Lemony Snicket's sarcastic wit. And I think Moxie is one of the greatest characters ever. The only problem I have with the series so far is that all the adults are so stupid. Shouldn't there be at least one adult who acts, dare I say it, adult? Even in Unfortunate Events there were occasional smart people. Uncle Monty for instance. In When Did You See Her Last, we have Cleo, a brilliant scientist, but we don't meet her until the end. Perhaps we'll see more of her in the next book. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Mary
    2019-02-07 06:51

    As we read this, my daughter kept trying to smother snorts of laughter while sneaking looks at me to see if I found the story as funny. Humor in books is a tough sell, but I think this story, while not necessarily realistic, captures the perspective of a precocious middle-grader without being overdone. Once again, loved the references to other books and the word play: "...a word which here means...." Moving right along to the third in the series to find out if Ellington opened the lock...or not.

  • CBL
    2019-02-15 01:41

    “Nobody wants to hear that you will try your best. It is the wrong thing to say. It is like saying 'I probably won't hit you with a shovel.' Suddenly everyone is afraid you will do the opposite.” ― Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?