Writ in Stone

I continued my read of the graphic novels with Writ in Stone. As in the first book, there are two plotlines that run side by side. Archeologist David Severe arrives in town with a stone marker found in California, which he claims is proof the Chinese arrived on the West Coast in 1421. However, when he opens the case again at a fundraiser for the local museum, the marker is gone. The only time the case left his hands was when he used the washroom right before his presentation. The best suspect Nancy has is the museum guard, who’s old and creepy and pretty much looks like a villain from one of the old Nancy Drew books.

The stone is not the only thing missing, however. George had been filming the whole presentation with her new camcorder and could likely have caught shots of the washroom right offstage, but the camcorder has disappeared in the hullabaloo. Even worse, Owen Zucker, a sweet but mischievous little boy whom Nancy sometimes babysits, is also nowhere to be found.

There are some great elements in Writ in Stone, like a stake-out in a cemetery (three guesses as to which suspect has a second job there and the first two don’t count). I also enjoyed learning about the theory that that the Chinese reached America before Columbus. However, I felt sure that I had guessed the culprit pretty early on, as well as a connection between cases, which put a bit of a damper on the reading. It turns out I was correct, but Petrucha redeemed himself by having a really interesting “why” for the crime.

Nancy is her usual fashion-challenged self when on a case, but we learn in this volume that she gets it from her father. As Carson discusses Owen’s disappearance with Nancy he remains oblivious to the fact that the end of his tie is submerged in his cereal bowl. Nancy also reveals that Bess’s repair skills are of the intuitive type; she can figure out how to fix something but can’t name any of the parts.

This is probably my least favorite cover in the series because Nancy’s position looks so awkward. I like the look of the art overall, but Sho Murase’s style can sometimes be a little inconsistent. In the first several books Nancy’s chest tends to look unnatural, much more so than that of pinup-girl Bess. I’m also not sure I totally buy her fashion sense. Nancy looks just like what I’d expect in t-shirts and jeans, but she also apparently has a fondness for tighter tops and long flowing skirts. It’s a look that a friend in high school used to wear, and not really one I’d associate with Nancy.

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