Drawing on the story of Pygmalion from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Wiesner continues her series about a small town with its share of supernatural happenings. Effective use of imagery and human frailty highlight this tale, which resolves with a satisfying ending.

When Cheyenne’s 5-year-old sister, Dulcie, disappears under mysterious circumstances, she feels responsible. Cheyenne was with her boyfriend, James, not paying attention to the child. Some suspicion hovers over her father, who is obsessed with Die Diep, an evil statue. Cheyenne leaves Woodcutter’s Grim at 18, hoping never to return. Many years later, when she does return, James is still waiting for her. Planning to stay just long enough to sell everything and leave for good, she takes up temporary residence in her childhood home and hears her sister’s cries in the night. But when Cheyenne and James discover evidence Dulcie was sacrificed to the greedy statue, they invoke the services of the Protectorate, the Brethren who guard the town against evil. (WHISKEY CREEK, Oct., 197 pp., $12.50)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown