The Ersatz Elevator: A series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Sixth, by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2001.
I keep coming back to these books, and the reason I think is because of the characters, the three orphans, and the evil Olaf. However in this book we are introduced to a new villain, the Count's girlfriend, Esme. She is evil as he, and very devious besides. In this case, the orphans must climb down and elevator shaft (a fake elevator, to rescue their friends the Quagmire Triplets. However in this they don't succeed, and they almost end up falling to the bottom.
Strange thing the discover, a tunnel leading from the apartment complex of Esme, their guardian, to the ruins of their home that was burned.
Again lots of fun, with peril and problem solving, which things make for a good book. The illustrations are unique in that the give a different angle to look at things.
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