Book 12: The Penultimate Peril (buy the book here)
The Baudelaires are led by a strange woman to a hotel where they are made concierges (meaning someone who performs various tasks around a hotel). Here they meet some old friends……….
Violet, Klaus and Sunny are taken to the last safe meeting place for V.F.D. (the Hotel Denouement) where they become helpers at this peculiar location. After spinning round the hotel once they recognize many previous guardians including ‘Sir’ with a cloud of smoke instead of a head* and ‘Vice Principal Nero’, the most annoying person you could ever meet. Warning: Never give the Baudelaires a heavy harpoon gun because they may shoot someone…… (read this book to discover the rest of the tragic story).
I enjoyed this book thoroughly for its cleverness and its mysterious spirit. I was especially impressed by Sunny’s smart thinking of, believe it or not, helping to start a fire with Olaf. But really she outwitted Olaf by sending a signal to all the volunteers of V.F.D., telling them the meeting at the hotel was canceled. Such a clever young girl……
Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)