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File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun, clever mini-mysteries let readers play detective.

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FILE UNDER: 13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS is a delight. It gives fans of the All The Wrong Questions series another book set in strange Stain'd-by-the Sea -- "a town that was hardly much more than nothing at all" -- to tide them over 'til Book 3. And it gives those who haven't started the series an intriguing introduction to the town's quirky characters and a few facts about Snicket's "biggest case," which he's been working on in Books 1 and 2.

The writing itself is brilliant: light and funny for kids, yet expertly crafted as noir mystery. And a lot of appealing kid characters among the incompetent and sinister adults help make the bizarre setting and stories relatable. The black-and-white illustrations by Seth have the same offbeat, retro look and feel that was established in the All the Wrong Questions series.

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