Snicket's command of vocabulary and his dry wit continue to amuse readers in this latest book, but the small mysteries are not as satisfying as a full-length adventure would be. It would make a nice brain-teaser to read aloud a different mystery to a class (or group of friends) each day and see if anyone could solve it. There is a video of the author talking about the book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was published on April 1, 2014.