The first thing to know about Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids is that it isn’t your childhood Scooby Doo story, despite the title.
Meddling Kids is the story of the Blyton Summer Detectives Club, four teens and their dog solving crime and unmasking the villains. Fast forward 13 years and everyone has gone their separate ways, lives wrecked from the last case they solved. Or did they?
Andy Rodriguez reunites what’s left of the gang, convinced there was something more to the Sleepy Lake case, something they missed, and therefore left unfinished. When she finally convinces the others to come along, they find themselves in the thick of the most dangerous case yet, and it’s not just another guy in a mask.
Full of sarcasm, mystical monsters and some substance abuse, the Blyton Summer Detectives Club suffers from some serious PTSD, but they’re resolved to get to the bottom of it, no matter what it takes.
This book immediately caught my attention because of the comparison to Scooby Doo. From the get go, it seemed like it was going to be good.
The writing was fun, easy to read and Cantero kept the pace moving, even while developing his characters and setting the scene. In a unique mix of traditional dialogue and almost script writing, you go from observing everything in the scene to snapping your head back and forth between the characters. While different, the style worked for Cantero.
This book definitely isn’t for anyone who wants to believe in the innocence of their favorite childhood detectives. Let’s just say “jinkies” isn’t the expletive of choice for this club, and Scooby snacks aren’t the drug of choice.
But it’s a fun story, and a fun break from the “real life” detective stories about things that could really happen.
So if you’re looking for something fun to read, and nostalgia as a plus for you, be sure to check out Meddling Kids.