"Meddling Kids" by Edgar Cantero pays homage to those meddling kids that we are all familiar with, but the homage is thin indeed. Rather than Mystery Inc., this tale follows the mystery-solving adventures of Andrea, Kerri, Nate, Peter and Tim the dog, members of the Blyton Summer Detectives Club (BSDC). Having grown up and left the club, the members (those still alive) reunite to solve a mystery that has been haunting them for 13 years.
There are nods to the Mystery Machine gang, as the story contains a Zoinx River, and references to splitting up to find clues; but there "Meddling Kids" takes its own, more harsh direction. There are bar fights, gore and F-bombs galore as the BSDC works to solve a mystery dealing with the raising of the dead, sorcery, slimy serpent monsters and creation myths.
The book doesn't claim to be Scooby-Doo, and it's definitely not. It is, however, an awesome read with plenty of twists, turns and questions to be answered. It comes to an end that not only may solve a mystery, but it also may lead to the end of the world.
A reminder, this is R-rated. I would say that "Meddling Kids" is not for the young crowd or those with a low tolerance for profanity. It is found in adult novels, but serves as a good mystery read too. I really enjoyed it.
Friday, July 7, 2017
In a departure from his humorous Chet and Bernie detective series, Spencer Quinn introduces a new heroine. LeAnn Hogan is a mentally and psychologically wounded veteran just home from Afghanistan. Despite her injuries, she is determined to find the missing daughter of her hospital roommate. Although she is prickly and unpredictable, she is a character I won’t soon forget. Recommended!