Book Review: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Blumhouse Books, 2017)

Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero (Blumhouse Books, 2017)

If you ever thought that the Scooby Gang probably needed therapy as adults, this book is for you.

Set in the 1990s, the action of Meddling Kids takes place a decade or so after the final case of the Blyton Summer Detective Club. Four kids (and their dog) foil the plans of a grown man in a monster costume, finally lying to rest the persistent rumours of a lake monster. Now adults, the three surviving members (and a new generation of dog) have never returned to Blyton Hills. Andy’s spent time in prison, Nate’s in a mental hospital, and Kerry (the brilliant one) drinks too much. Peter’s been dead for years but Nate still talks to him a lot.

Suspecting there was more to their final case than the man in the monster suit, Andy rounds up the gang and they return to Blyton Hills to confront their demons. Both literal and figurative. Turns out, a lake monster may be the least of their concerns.

I never watched much Scooby Doo so there may be references that I missed out but I don’t think it mattered much. This story is pure entertainment. Over the top with necromancers, monsters from space, immortal beings, and accidental spells. It’s got a few twists and it’s lots of fun. The characters aren’t particularly deep but are interesting enough that I enjoyed their interactions and it was easy to cheer for them. Realistic fiction this is not but if you’re looking for a fun, fantastical, and a little bit nostalgic read, you may enjoy Meddling Kids.

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