Lemony Snicket is still in Stain'd-by-the-Sea with his chaperon (a word which here means an adult who has no clue what is going on). He has not heard from his acquaintance Ellington Feint, and now a girl named Cleo Knight has gone missing. Snicket and Ms. Markson are hired to look into the disappearance. Among the cast of characters they encounter are the Bellerophon brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Knight, Zada and Zora, Dr. Flammarion, Nurse Dander, Polly Partial, Dashiell Qwerty, Hungry Hix, Jake Hix, and the Mitchum family. Which of these people might know where Cleo is? Why would any of them lie about that knowledge? Snicket must find out on his own, because his chaperon is convinced that Cleo has run off to join the circus. At the same time he is still worried about his sister, who is back in the city, and he is still trying to discover what the villainous Hangfire is planning.
If you enjoy stories where kids are the only ones who have a clue and the adults never listen to them (like in A Series of Unfortunate Events), then you will enjoy this second volume on the series of All the Wrong Questions. Or, perhaps you have not read other books by Lemony Snicket; but if you like mysteries, then you should give this series a try.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, but we already have a copy in the library.