Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero

And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids!
Any other Scooby-Doo fans?? Not gonna lie…after reading this I may or may not have watched the live action movie.

MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero (releasing July 11th, 2017) is described as “Scooby-Doo meets Lovecraft” and “a mix of horror and humor”

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

The second I saw this cover and heard, “Lovecraft meets Scooby-Doo” I was instantly intrigued. MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero was nothing less than that! It was horror and humor mixed together and I definitely enjoyed the read. I can already say that this won’t be for everyone – some of the words/language used and the mix of styles made it an awkward read at times, but I still enjoyed the unique reading experience.

We go back and forth between present day, 1990, and the past, 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club – a group of teen detectives and their dog – haven’t seen each other since their last, failed, case back in 1977. Our characters are Andy, Kerri and Tim (the Weimaraner), Nate, and Peter. Andy, the tomboy, is now on the run and she is wanted in two states, Kerri, the kid genius and blossoming biologist, is now a bartender with a serious drinking problem. Time, the Weimaraner, isn’t the original dog side kick of the group, but he is the descendant! Then we have Nate, the lover of all things horror, has been in and out of mental institutions for the last 13 years. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the jock turned movie star, but there’s only one problem, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come where they must go back to Blyton Hills, their small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley (Oregon), to uncover their final mystery from 1977, the Sleepy Lake Monster Case. This was the case that ruined them and resulted in the wrong man going to prison for the crimes.

Cantero has a very interesting writing style. Something that keeps you on your toes – changing from narrative to a more screenplay-type style. I can see this putting some people off. He also adds in some over the top words that aren’t words. It was definitely an interesting read from start to finish.

I enjoyed the mystery and will definitely say that it is more on the humorous side than the scary side. Still lots of spooky and eeriness to it though! Just what you’d expect from Scooby-Doo and the Gang. The characters are well developed and likable, they definitely came into their own and weren’t the clear images of Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy.

If you want a mystery horror story with a lot of comedic relief, then this is the book for you. If you’re looking for something terrifying, this probably wouldn’t be my first recommendation. Now, excuse me while I go watch some Scooby-Doo!

 

 

A big thanks to Doubleday Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

–Jess

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