File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

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Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries.

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight — strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the ...

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Overview

Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries.

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight — strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

A delicious read that welcomes readers into Lemony Snicket's world of deep mystery, mysterious depth, deductive reasoning, and reasonable deductions.

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Don't just be a lay-about. It's time to solve mysteries with Lemony Snicket, the new millennium's response to Sherlock Holmes. File Under contains accounts of thirteen suspicious incidents that the sleuth Mr. Snicket hopes you can help solve. After you have concluded your investigations, you can check your detections against the answers in the back of the book. (P.S. Each of the NOOK Book contains approximately half of the mini-mysteries and solutions.)

Los Angeles Times
Praise for "Who Could That Be at This Hour?":
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."
The Boston Globe
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–6—In his signature Snickety style, the author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins) and creator of that oddball little town known as Stain'd by the Sea offers 13 case files reminiscent of Donald Sobol's Two-Minute Mysteries (Scholastic, 1969). Set in the same locale as the previous installments in the "All the Wrong Questions" titles and starring a young Lemony Snicket investigating strange occurrences as part of his apprenticeship for a shady "secret organization," this companion book can be enjoyed by die-hard fans as well as readers new to the series. Each mini-mystery—just a few pages long—is chock-full of wordplay, clever dialogue, noir references, and red herrings. The short chapters end with a cliff-hanger and kids may consult "Sub-file B" at the back of the work to see how the brilliant young detective solved the crime. Black-and-white illustrations highlight key details and provide a few subtle clues along the way. Though there is a narrative thread connecting the individual tales, readers can also delve into the separate cases one-by-one with equal enjoyment. By the end, not all mysteries are solved, nor all questions answered; whodunit aficionados will want to revisit again and again.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-17
How many mysteries lurk in the no-longer-seaside town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea? Thirteen. Collected herein, only for members of a certain secret organization (for nonmembers: This is a blank book; please move along), are 13 short investigations by young Lemony Snicket from the days of his apprenticeship in the increasingly deserted and mysterious town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. The remaining residents, having heard of his investigations, bring him cases: Rare amphibians have gone missing; family heirlooms have been stolen; missives have been momentarily mislaid. Is there a demon on the docks at midnight? Is there a ghost haunting Old Lady Mann? As he ruminates, which here means to contemplate rather than to chew repeatedly, over the larger mysteries left in the wake of his previous investigations, Snicket solves small cases; readers can match wits as the solutions are only presented in a subfile at the volume's end. Snicket (the author, aka Daniel Handler) gifts fans of his All the Wrong Questions quartet of tongue-in-cheek noir mysteries with a Volume 2.5 that expands the setting and characters of the main series while offering an homage to Donald Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown. Literary allusions and witty wordplay abound as expected, with the added fun of getting to play detective. Fans can still look forward to Volume 3 of All the Wrong Questions, coming in October 2014: fabulous (which here means "very good" rather than "not real"). (Mystery/short stories. 8-14)
Los Angeles Times
Praise for "Who Could That Be at This Hour?":
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."
The Boston Globe
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."
From the Publisher
Praise for "Who Could That Be at This Hour?":
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner...exceptionally literary and entirely singular. Characterized by linguistic playfulness and an appreciation for the archaic, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious...illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."—Los Angeles Times

* "Will thrill fans of the author's earlier works and have even reluctant readers turning pages with the fervor of seasoned bookworms. A must-have."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues."—The Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316284035
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: All the Wrong Questions Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 86,320
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket was somewhere else on the night in question, if anybody's asking. He is the suspicious author of All The Wrong Questions, including "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" and "When Did You See Her Last?," all the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Dark.

If you think you spotted Seth at the scene of the crime, it probably wasn't him after all. He is the creator of Palookaville, Clyde Fans, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, and the unnerving art found in All the Wrong Questions.

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    This book was well below my grade level, but I still enjoyed it.

    This book was well below my grade level, but I still enjoyed it.  The solutions to most of the mysteries were pretty obvious (a couple were slightly challenging), but the wit of Lemony Snicket was still there.  Honestly, I didn't read it for the mysteries.  I like Lemony Snicket's style.  If you like his humor, it is an enjoyable book.  Just don't expect anything really deep.  It's a nice, quick read.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

         The main character happens to have the same name as the aut

         The main character happens to have the same name as the author, Lemony Snicket. Snicket is a teenage detective that loves to help all the citizens in his town by solving mysteries varying from fallen paintings to stolen spoons. Each chapter is a new mystery that adds new characters and facts about Snicket and Stain’d by the Sea. Many clues are given in each situation, and if you don’t think you understood how the answers were solved then you can look in the back of the book to see Snicket’s silly logic in full detail. 
         I was eager to read File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents because Lemony Snicket did such a great job on Series of Unfortunate Events. I started reading the first few chapters when I realized that this book was definitely not for me. Snicket’s full potential definately was not unleashed on this book - at least in my opinion. Maybe the book was meant for or a different age group because the mysteries seemed childish, simple, and naïve. Because of this book, I will certainly stay away from some of Lemony Snicket’s other work. 
         Based on the atrocity that was this awful book, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. I could understand how some kids would enjoy this dull book, but if you are older than 10 and able-minded I suggest you stay away from this ludicrous novel that poisons your mind with each and every dragging and foolish chapter that provides absolutely no intellectual stimulation whatsoever. For anyone who finds this book even remotely readable or fun then let me lay this out in terms they could understand; this book sucks. I would give this book a whopping 1.74 stars out of a million. I won’t diss on you for reading this novel, but I am simply saying that it is not worth your time and it should be placed in the nearest garbage collecting unit. This book is a blemish in my life and in the face of decent literature, but I must mention why. The plot is shaky and relies on vast stretches of unreasonable logic to eventually land to a ridiculous question that in fact requires the back guide to guess due to its sheer stupidity and flawed method. Characters would spontaneously appear and would never be mentioned again leaving me confused and angered. I do not hate this book, I just feel sorry for its existence and the readers who risk their sanity consuming the novel. Unless I am missing some profound and deep message this book is trying to convey I can assure that any audience over the age of 10 would probably not enjoy this book.
         File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents was a terrifically terrible attempted mystery novel that left me short a few IQ points I previously had. I can understand an audience for this book to be from grades kindergarten through sixth. There may be a few who might see some value in this wreckage of writing, but all I see is an irredeemable waste of paper. You choose how you feel about this book, but let me warn you to read this at your own discretion if you accept the challenge of taking on this vapid novel. I feel disappointed that Lemony Snicket came from writing classic movie-worthy novels to this hastily crafted book that, with any common sense, will not be made into a film. If you don’t believe me read it for yourself. Oh what a book, File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. Woe is me.

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