Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

As a fan of Scooby-Doo, this book was a blast to read.  Cantero does a great job of sprinkling references to Scooby-Doo and the gang throughout the text while still keeping the story completely his own.  His gang is different and their dog doesn’t talk.  (In fact, it reminds me a lot of what Rainbow Rowell did with Harry Potter in Carry On.)  You don’t need to have ever watched the cartoon to have a good time reading this book.

Cantero has created a spooky and enthralling mystery that takes twists and turns that I could have never expected.  He brings together a group of adults who had once been a mystery-solving gang as tweens and makes them revisit their last and most successful case.  I deeply cared for each of these characters and wanted them to solve the mystery and get their lives back!

A fun, fast read that will keep you on your toes.  Just a warning: it gets surprisingly gory with no warning.

4-stars

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