This is nothing like your after school and Saturday morning, Mystery Gang! With different names, totally over-hauled personalities and contact lenses, the gang is compelled to revisit an old case. One that brings on haunting nightmares and a need to truly solve the case.
I carried very high hopes for this book. Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero, set me to upset. Not because the story could have been totally amazing, but because he ruined the nostalgia with foul language and other activities that just weren't becoming of The Gang. Then, I just couldn't get with the author's style of writing, which was a major put-off!
Now I liked what was happening. Our heroes's lives had taken turns for the worst. Due to a case they'd solved, back when they were barely into their teenaged years, their lives were placed inroads that took none of them where they'd wanted to be. Nightmares and parole hearings reopened old wounds and they found they needed to resolve their issues. Nothing wrong there, but the way things happened in order to get things going... crazy! Especially with our replacement for Daphne. Funny but not very likable. Honestly, I ended up disliking them all! Even our Shaggy replacement!
What irked me the most with this book was the conversational writing. Whenever you repeatedly hear "So-n-So said" or "said So-n-So", you grow weary. One of the biggest rules on writing was to eliminate that habit. Cantero has this thing where, during conversation, the person's name is stated, then what they said. Then another's name is stated, followed by what they said- it was like tag-teaming! For example:
Jack told Jill, "Let's go up the hill."
Jill said, "Okay, Jack."
Jack said, "Let's go..."
BUT, Meddling Kids was funny. It was a dysfunctional shift on the Scooby-Doo gang, and that alone made it entertaining. Good enough to rank at least three stars for me, I think that if you read it to gain a few laughs and to compare with the real gang, you won't like it. If you're looking for a fun story without flashing back to your kiddie years and crew, you will love it.
Cheers- I'm off to the next read!
Published by DoubleDay Books
July 11th, 2017
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