Genre: Children's Literature
Setting: Around the fictional Lake Lachrymose.
First sentence: If you didn't know much about the Baudelaire orphans, and you saw them sitting on the suitcases, you might think that they were bound for an exciting adventure.
This book is the third in the author's series entitled "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
Mr. Poe is responsible for maintaining the Baudelaire fortune. He is also tasked with finding a suitable guardian for the orphans. So far, in the series, he has not done very well at this.
This time Mr. Poe has selected Aunt Josephine to be the orphans' guardian. She might not be the best choice. She is phobic about almost everything in her environment. But, she is very good at grammar. Both of these facts are important to this story.
The orphans are doomed to have an unhappy visit with Aunt Josephine.
The evil Count Olaf appears. This time in the guise of Captain Sham.
And, the orphans must prove to Mr. Poe that Captain Sham is Count Olaf.
For me, this was an enjoyable yet unhappy episode.