Series: The Stone Man Mysteries Vol. 2   

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Annotation: When a mysterious young woman takes refuge within Silex's Edinburgh church, it brings supernatural trouble for the gargoyle and his assistant, Craig.
Catalog Number: #157059
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Zangara, Orion,
Pages: 88 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-467-74197-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-467-74197-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017006471
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In the second installment of the Stone Man Mysteries series, Silex the gargoyle and his assistant, Craig, continue to solve mysteries in 1930s Edinburgh. This time, the two focus on the mysterious murder of a man who died recently, yet somehow also died decades ago, which may be related to the girl who recently requested sanctuary at their church. Though it's not really a mystery, as the answer is instantly spelled out rather than deduced, it is a fascinating gothic novel that hits the many tropes of the genre. The occasionally clunky dialogue is laced with lots of Scottish brogue, like when Father Walker, the priest of Silex's church, says, "If ye cannae speak of it . . . I dinnae think we can help ye." Though the trappings might be a bit clumsy, at its heart, the story is engrossing, particularly with its dark and suspenseful atmosphere. Zangara's sketch-heavy artwork adds to the dusky mood and the old-fashioned look of the pages. Hand to fans of spooky mysteries.
Kirkus Reviews
Prolific mother-and-son pair Yolen (Mapping the Bones, 2018, etc.) and Stemple (The Seelie King's War, 2016, etc.) return with another installment in their gritty noir graphic-novel series featuring a mystery-solving Scottish street urchin and his gargoyle employer.Picking up where the previous volume left off, orphaned Craig is still reeling from having to commit an unspeakable act against a dear friend. Despite his regrets, he continues to work as a detective for Silex, a stone gargoyle affixed to a church parapet who oversees the city below. When a seemingly anachronistic young woman shows up on the church doorstep claiming sanctuary, Craig and Silex must help her before another Mephistophelian force unleashes evil upon 1930s Edinburgh. Building upon the evangelical explorations of the first volume, this is a dark and introspective thriller mixing equal parts history, Christian theology, and mystery. Readers will notice a definite improvement in Zangara's (Stone Cold, 2016) moody black-and-white art; while he has sustained the atmosphere, he has sharpened his lines, rendering previously sketchy characters clearer and more distinctive. Each volume completes a case, although readers are forewarned of the religious and literary importance of the number three, laying the groundwork for what could only be Craig and Silex's next adventure.Although well-wrought, the elaborate combination of atmospheric historical details and a Christian theological slant may be daunting for some. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Lexile: GN490L

A demon seeking redemption, Silex has kept vigil over Edinburgh for countless years atop a local church as a gargoyle. With the help of his human assistant Craig, Silex solves the mysteries of the city below. But now a mystery lurks inside the church in the form of a young woman seeking sanctuary. The panicking girl raises Silex's suspicions. Craig has a more welcoming spirit--but he lacks his gargoyle mentor's centuries of experience. When they discover the young woman's connection to new threats menacing Edinburgh, will any of them be prepared for the danger that comes next? The story unfolds against the moody backdrop of Scotland in the 1930s, and feature infamous grave robbers Burke and Hare who return in this work of dark fantasy.

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