When Did You See Her Last?

By Lemony Snicket

Dec 20, 2013 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Kristen Rigsby

Genre: Fiction/Mystery

Number of pages: 279

What’s the basic story line?

When a promising young chemist goes missing, apprentice Lemony Snicket is chosen to investigate the curious case. However, when Snicket arrives in the abandoned town of Stain’d by the Sea, he immediately uncovers some strange evidence. Mr. and Mrs. Knight, the parents of the missing chemist, are acting oddly. The Knights’ in-home physician smells like laudanum, a medicine that is used to put patients into delirium. And their maids claim that the chemist would have left a note before leaving, but no note is found.

Therefore, Snicket is provoked to ask the wrong question: When did you see her last? On his search, he amasses a multitude of unusual answers to the wrong question. And although the answers allow Snicket to meet peculiar associates and find small bits of the solution, he eventually finds himself on a long goose chase around town. Without asking the right question, will Snicket ever be able to crack the case?

Are the characters believable? Explain.

All of the characters in When Did You See Her Last? are believable. In fact, they are actually similar in personality to schoolchildren and adults today. For example, Lemony Snicket is an inquisitive, mischievous boy who often finds himself in tough predicaments. Ellington Feint is an intelligent young girl who has a knack for finding trouble. And Moxie Mallahan is an aspiring journalist who loves to ask questions. However, the “unfortunate” events that occur in Stain’d by the Sea cause the characters to act in strange and mysterious ways and set them apart from regular people.  

Who would like this book?

If you like mystery books or books in the Series of Unfortunate Events, then this action-packed, enigmatic book is just for you.