Meddling Kids - by Edgar Cantero

One of my pet peeves is when the books blurb compares the book to other books that people really like and are popular. Once you see that comparison, it is stuck in your mind the whole time you are reading the book. That is what this book does. Although, I have never read John Dies at the End or Welcome to Night Vale, a lot of my fellow GoodReads friends have and most of them enjoyed these books. So maybe that has set my expectations a little high. The premise of the book looked interesting: childhood friends solve local mysteries not unlike Scooby Doo and come together as dysfunctional adults to go back and solve a mystery from their childhood. The blurb says “With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem” but I think the humor was lost on me. The orchestrated mayhem wasn’t much different than any other book of this type. I did more ‘eye rolling’ than anything. I was a little disappointed. I wasn’t sure if the author was going for meta or campy. Whatever Cantero was going for, didn’t work for me. Overall, despite the attempt at humor, the mystery itself wasn't too bad.

From the books blurb:

For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale comes a tour de force of horror, humor, and H.P. Lovecraft. The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all…and sent the wrong man to prison. Scooby Doo and the gang never had to do this!

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Keri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Sean, an excitable Weimeraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem,
Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids taps into our shared nostalgia for the books and cartoons we grew up with, and delivers an exuberant, eclectic, and highly entertaining celebration of horror, life, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn. 

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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