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Meddling Kids

Narrated by: Malk Williams
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, in the vein of It and Stranger Things. 

In 1977 the Blyton Summer Detective Club unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster - another low-life fortune hunter who would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids. By 1990 the former detectives are haunted by strange, half-remembered events that cannot be explained by a guy in a mask. 

Andy, the once-intrepid tomboy now wanted in two states, wants answers. To find them she will need Kerri, the former kid genius and her excitable Weimaraner, Tim. 

They will also have to get Nate, who is currently residing in an asylum. Luckily Nate has not lost contact with Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star who was once their leader...which is remarkable, considering Peter has been dead for years. The time has come to get the team back together and find out what happened all those years ago.

©2018 Edgar Cantero (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"If you loved Scooby-Doo as a kid (or as an adult - no judgment), you'll love this sly take on the genre." (New York Post) 

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Enid Blyton meets HP Lovecraft

This is a such a weird mixture of literary genres that it's hard to describe. It's set, so far as I can tell, in Lovecraft-land, but it features grown-up versions of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, including the dog. In this reality, however, Anne and Georgina are lesbians, Dick is in the nuthouse, and Julian is, well, dead. He still has a starring role, however -- it's that kind of tale. Nothing about this set-up sounds promising but, in fact, it works really well. The first half of the book -- until the Lovecraftian fish-men actually put in an appearance -- is both funny and creepy. The second half is just silly, but it's clever and funny, so that's forgivable. Although the story is set in the USA the characters are, presumably, American, the narrator is English, and that adds an odd, but engaging, dimension. After all, an Enid Blyton story should be read by a posh-sounding brit, right? I shall certainly be looking out for more by this author although, sadly, he doesn't seem to have written much in English.

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Tremendously good fun.

Essentially mash-up fan-fiction, but the very best of such a thing there can be. Smiles, heart, and action.