Despite never having a happy ending, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny begin this book with happy times. After escaping Count Olaf's plot to marry Violet and take control of the vast family fortune, the children are rushed off to Uncle Monty's (Montgomery Montgomery) home.
Uncle Monty is a herpetologist and has a vast collection of reptiles including the Incredibly Deadly Viper, which he discovered and was set to present to the Herpetological Society. The Bauderlaire children were quite comfortable at Uncle Monty's for a time, until his new assistant showed up.
Disguised as Stephano, Count Olaf enters the story once again with the help of the hook-handed man. The Bauderlaire fortune is still the target of Olaf's affection and he will seemingly stop at nothing to get it.
Murder, snakes, and ingenious exploits make for a most interesting tale and one that keeps the reader engaged throughout.Continua...