The Penultimate Peril: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Twelfth by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2005.
Here is the continuing sage, and penultimate means the next to last peril. In this book, our orphans seem a bit different than who they have been. They make it to the last resting place, the Hotel Denouement. Her they are set up as Concierges and spies. They watch, but when there is so much to see, it is hard to figure out what is happening. The are blamed for another murder, as the harpoon gun goes off as they are taking it from Count Olaf. They see an ally struck dead as a result. They at the same time determine to take things in their own hands, and help Olaf put fire to the hotel. Who knows who escapes, but it does serve as a signal to their friends that things are not safe. The help Count Olaf make his escape, leaving with him.
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