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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  27,387 ratings  ·  5,134 reviews
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. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartendi ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Doubleday Books
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best horror! what will happen?

”It was a guy in a costume, Nate. Same as always.”

but what if, one time, it wasn’t?

this book is a pure romp, but in order to enjoy it, you need to be willing to get on board with cantero’s style and authorial choices, which can be jarring if you try to fight ‘em. it starts out in second-person before switching to the third-person POVs of a number of characters, and there are many instances of the author breaking the fou
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
I've decided to put this one down for now; not giving it any stars and I'm not trying to persuade anyone not to read it. I simply think it's not for me and I'm struggling with a few of the characters. Time to move on to the next! ...more
Sadie Hartmann
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh....this book. It took me a while to formulate what I really wanted to say about this book while also trying to maintain a constructive attitude about it. It's not my job as a reader to totally dismantle another person's hard work, so I won't let this digress.
The premise (and the cover) and the way it was presented to me are the reasons I accepted this ARC (Thank you Doubleday for this ARC for an honest review)
Scooby Doo meets Lovecraft.
An interesting pairing. Like chewing Bubblegum and drinki
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scooby-Doo meets the Cthulhu Mythos!


The teen detectives’ genre has been quite popular, and we can remember pioneers, in the 1930s, in the field like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and the genre exploded at the 1970s with the masses when Hanna-Barbera introduced Scooby-Doo franchise resulted so successful that it’s still active, featuring products in almost imaginable format: traditional animation, live-action, muppets-like, LEGO CGI-animation; on TV seri
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok

Very rarely do I rate books I don't finish, but in this case, having read 61%, I feel as if I've read enough to merit an opinion. My opinion is this book isn't for me.

I absolutely loved the premise-sort of a Scooby Doo/Cthulhu mash up-I mean, what could be more perfect for me? However, what I found to be funny and entertaining at first, soon turned into ennui. I found myself making excuses or reading short stories to avoid going back to this book.

I see a lot of reviews mentioning the autho
Put on your pajamas, grab a bowl of Apple Jacks (my mom wouldn't let me have Lucky Charms, my first choice in ridiculous sugars disguised as breakfast cereals, With 8 Added Vitamins and Minerals!), and settle in for a delightful romp through The Case of The Really Deep Lake.

Homages can wildly miss the mark, turning into tiresome parody after a few minutes (reference: most Saturday Night Life skits), but Cantero has done something marvelous, re-imagining the Scooby-Doo gang* as real, somewhat com
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, horror, e-book, satire, humor
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero is a 2017 Doubleday Books publication.

The title of this book caught my eye a while back and I knew I’d have to investigate and see for myself how this book paralleled with the Scooby Doo cartoons. Since I’m a huge fan of the classic Scooby Doo show I was confident I’d find this satirical twist on the ‘meddling kids’ right up my alley.

The book took off on solid footing, but the further along I got, the more convoluted the story became. The humor was originally biti
4.5ish stars.

I love this book. It's smart, exciting, silly, nostalgic, but mostly IT IS REALLY FUNNY. Cantero obviously knows how to tickle my funny bone, because I was laughing continuously throughout. It's a sort-of-parody of Scooby Doo and other teen detective agencies, and I was nervous that it was going to be adult Scooby Doo fanfic, but it's more than a parody, it's a great book in its own right. (Are we even sure the original Scooby Doo crew were teenagers!? The voice actors of the origi
Thank goodness for audiobooks! If I didn't listen to them I wouldn't have finished any books lately as I barely have any time to read. Meddling Kids got me through my commute, some chores around the house, and kept my need to read fed.

3.5 stars

Meddling Kids is a fun and nostalgic mystery romp a la Scooby Doo. Much of the humor is tongue in cheek and will remind you of all the things you used to love about the cartoon. At the same time, the story is more grown up and darker - not something I woul
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Scooby-Doo fans rejoice!

Meddling Kids reads like a love letter to that classic Hanna-Barbera animated series and I'm so here for it.

This was such a fun, little Horror Comedy; perfect for Autumnal reading.

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!

Update: I lied because I never reviewed this and now I don't remember enough about it to do so.

Looks like I will have to read it again!

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Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had high hopes.
"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. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she's got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descen
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was so bad - TW for transphobia, plus really uncomfortable representation of a lesbian character. The writing was all over the place too.
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Here’s a fun fact about me: one of my go-to stress-relieving past times is getting stoney-bologna and watching Scooby Doo.

I have always had an affinity for mystery-solving kids because I myself wanted to be a mystery-solving kid. But it turns out that I had really boring neighbours growing up, so I had to live vicariously through shows like Ghostwriter, The Secret World of Alex Mack and the Scooby Gang.

I suppose it says something about my love for Scooby Doo that I still w
J.L.   Sutton
Feb 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
“They walked out into the first morning after the apocalypse - a day that had just barged in sweaty and unkempt like a late commuter, asking, Anything happen while I was out?”

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While Edgar Cantero's Meddling Kids may seem like a nostalgic look at teen and child detectives (with Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys front and center), it feels more like an amusing deconstruction of those stories. Add a dash of Lovecraft and a jaded perspective on their adolescent exploits and you've got Meddlin
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, limbo, fantasy
It's all been done before.

Eh. I wish I could give this book more than 3 stars.

Truth is, there isn't one big thing that I disliked about this book that lowered my rating. It's more like there was lots of little things that kept piling up.

The references, for one. "Zoinx River" is the one that put the final nail in the "Enough with the references!!!" coffin. I had this problem with The Fireman too. References and tributes in a book can make it more interesting and clever, depending on how the tribu
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Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mini review:

Trigger warning: Death. That's all that I can remember. If any more please mention in the comments.

I heard about this book through booktube. I was so excited to read this! I am a huge Scooby-Doo fan. And it sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately I didn't like it.

Right off the bat the writing style was bad. I skimmed it to figure out the general mystery. And it didn't get any better. Andy was such an annoying character. I feel that she was the wrong person to follow throughout the b
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Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

“For fans of John Dies at the End and Welcome to Night Vale”

I’ve never experienced Welcome to Night Vale (its fanbase has been pretty hardcore when it comes to deterring readers who aren’t podcast listeners), but when it comes to John Dies at the End?????

Seriously folks, this is the one time where there was a 100% spot-on comparison and it’s pretty much the only reason Meddling Kids even pinged my radar.

Thirteen years ago, Pet
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
Meddling Kids is about a teenage detective club reuniting as adults to go back and solve a mystery from their youth. In the prologue, one of the guys who was foiled by this teenage detective club (and their dog) is up for parole. The manner in which the parole board describes his apprehension involving "a high-speeding serving cart, two flights of stairs, and a fishing net" as well as his admission to staging a haunting in an old mansion and dressing up as a giant salamander was incredible. The ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
as i crossed the 65% threshold or so i tried to read this with a critical eye. i tried to come up with some justification to rate it closer to 4 stars than 5. i couldnt. i loved this title so much, it was such an easy and fun read. which isnt to say it was fluff, because it wasnt. me. canterro wrote with a brilliance and several nods to pop culture and 21st century society. i finally and reluctantly decided to subtract part of a star because some of the plot twists were a little telegraphed but ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-hand, humor, horror
Scooby Doo meets Lovecraft, told in an semi-experimental style with a Shakespearean level word-coinage.

Seriously. An absolutely improbable number of nouns get verbified by this guy.

Bonus points for setting a Cthulhu mythos in Oregon, points subtracted for extreme creative liberties taken with Oregon geography in same.

Jugging from reviews, this is not everyone's picnic, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

Also, just to be clear, this is in no way a book for kids.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*4.5 stars! What a romp! Think a grown-up Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys adventure that has channeled some of Lovecraft's Cthulhu monster madness and added a dash of witchcraft, humor and romance. Sounds crazy? It is! Crazy fun!

In 1977, in the small mining town of Blyton Hills, Oregon, four kids form The Blyton Summer Detective Club and become famous for unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster who has been terrorizing the area--one Thomas X. Wickley, a would-be thief in costume.

The teens, Peter Manner, Kerri
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a lifelong fan of Scooby Doo (who had VERY STRONG OPINIONS of such things as the creators changing the theme song when I was 4), I thought this sounded like a fun romp of a book. It might have been, but it contains some really troubling language that was both unnecessary and extrememly disappointing.

For example: Pretty early on, as we're getting introduced to all the main players in the story, we're taken to an asylum. The opening scene there is one of the main trouble spots. The author is se
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boy, did I really want to like this book. I really enjoyed The Supernatural Enhancements, and when I saw the awesome cover for this one I got super excited. Then I heard the premise! Scooby-Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft?! Uhm, yes, please! Sadly, the cover and the premise are the best parts of the book.

A number of my friends received ARCs of this before it was released, and the general consensus was pretty much the same. Great concept, not so great writing. I bought it anyway because I wanted to give
In the way a meeting should have been an email, this book should have been a short story or novella.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! This was intensely fun and entertaining! Probably the coolest book I've read this year. Fans of H.P.Lovecraft and Scooby Doo will devour this. Think Meddling Kids only much darker and more twisted, with a truly gripping, edge-of-your-seat storyline.

5 shining stars from me!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, l, lgbtqia, ya, fantasy, horror, 2017
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Zoinks! This was not nearly as good as I hoped it would be.

The premise sounds fun: a thinly disguised parallel to the Scooby Doo gang solves their last mystery years ago and they’ve all grown up and gone different directions. But the mask that was removed was only part of the story and what’s left of the gang is drawn back into a real live Lovecraftian horror story.

Writer Edgar Cantero mixes in some revisionist details and has the surviving gang living through some tough times and that was remar
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Scooby-Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft is an apt description.

I have no idea how to review or even rate Meddling Kids because I've been on the fence between loving and hating it since the second chapter. It's somehow both fun, campy and exciting as well as long-winded, overly wordy, and sloooowwww.

I know some people had issues with the format bouncing back and forth from novel to screenplay, and others didn't like the author's made up words. But none of that bothered me. In fact, I enjoyed them. What d
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I need more i need a squeal please

ok i'm changing my rating because i just wantched a review of this on booktube and the person reviewing the book said that there was some transphobic jokes and some poor mental heath rep, native american used as a plot device and a inter sex slur which i didn't catch the first time i read it so now that i know this is about this book I'm changing this from a 4/5 stars to a 2/5 stars i am not ok with that so sad too i actually liked this book here's a link to a
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The voice of this book didn't quite jive with me, but I did enjoy the meta elements (referencing to Scooby Doo, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and so many more) and the overall direction of the story. I'd call this horror rather than mystery, so think more a grown up/cynical version of Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. Overall, perfectly OK but not my favorite & I did find the portrayal of queer elements to be unconvincing ...more
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