A mash up of Lemony Snicket style and Dashiell Hammett plot, Travis Sherman says, "Not to my taste." All the ingredients are here: humor, action, smart young heroes, but no human beings. What genre is this? Not really mystery -- too droll. Lots of action -- but not quite believable. Humor? Yes, very dry. Like a martini. These are fun books, I just don't know who I would recommend them to.