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Hot Key Book Club November pick: Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

If you’ve managed to read our October book club pick Carrie without turning into an entirely nervous wreck, come and join us for our next one: Lemony Snicket’s Who Could That Be at This Hour? Looking for a suitably gothic novel for this November’s book club (something a bit dark just seems fitting), I remembered this tantalising little book, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages; not quite in the gothic vein, but in another equally compelling genre – detective noir. The moody tone of detective noir and its cynical self-reflection and dark wit always grabs me, and seems to eminently suit Lemony Snicket and his particular brand of narration.

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This first book in the prequel series to An Series of Unfortunate Events tells the story of a young Lemony Snicket beginning his apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation in a ‘fading town, far from anyone he knows or trusts’, and it’s an compelling premise. The second in the series has just been published, too (When Did You See Her Last?), so it seems a perfect time to revisit/visit the first book . . .

Having only very recently begun to read A Series of Unfortunate Events (much to my shame) I’m hoping for more of Lemony Snicket’s trademark wit and black humour, his sparky, unpredictable narratives, his playing with convention. It’s a totally irresistible book, too – with its evocative blue-black illustrations by Canadian illustrator Seth, its striking, stylised cover, and its intriguing first line: ‘There was a town, and there was a girl, and there was a theft.’ I can’t be the only one who wants to read on …

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So we’d love you to join us in our month of November noir, and hope that you join us back at the end of the month for a discussion on whether Lemony has pulled it off …