With nods to all series from Scooby-Doo to Nancy Drew and a huge tip of the hat to the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero is a delight.
Every summer the four kids (plus dog) from the Blyton Summer Detective Club solved mysteries in their small town, but their last case was the big one. Names in the papers, pictures on the front page, accolades from the town.
But did they really capture the one causing all the trouble?
Thirteen years later the kids are ready to find out. Everyone is hiding from something and it all stems from that last case at Sleepy Lake. They all know, deep inside, nightmares that seem all too real, excessive drinking, trips to mental institutions and jail times, that something truly terrifying still haunts the Best. Place. Ever. of their childhood.
So here’s the current Blyton Summer Detective Club. Andy is wanted in more than one state. Kerri never made it to grad school. Nate is in and out of asylums. And Peter, the golden boy, the actor? He’s dead, a suicide, and Nate’s the only one who can see him. Tim, Kerri’s dog, descendant of Sean from thirteen years ago, is the sanest one of the bunch.
With giant monsters, Lovecraftian villains, and chases through the deep tunnels under Blyton Hills this is a crazy, wild romp through all the books and television shows you loved as a child with snappy dialogue and a great cast of characters.
You haven’t read Meddling Kids yet? What are you waiting for?