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What to Read for Halloween and a Tablescape

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Monday, My Lovelies!  It's almost Halloween, and if you want something fun to read, I have a suggestion:  Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero .  Does the term "meddling kids" ring a bell?  If it does, then mayhap you've seen a few episodes of Scooby Doo!  

Isn't the cover fun?  I admit I chose this book based on the cover and title.

I've been saving this book to read before Halloween, and the book has inspired the Halloween tablescape in our dining room.

I used the same haunted mansion last year for the Scooby Doo Halloween tabelscape.  There's a haunted mansion in Meddling Kids, too.

The orange daisies reminded me of the seventies when the young detectives were solving mysteries.

I used this table runner for a Nancy Drew post, but because it has some of the neon colors as the book cover, I used it rather than the Halloween runner.

According to Goodreads:

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. 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 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 was the same age as these kids in 1977.  I think it's perfect that the story's second chapter is in 1990 before the internet was widely used for research.  I'll be reviewing this book for my Literary Friday Post this week, so stay tuned!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I hope my library has that book! It looks so cute and your decorations are wonderful! Happy Halloween Hugs!

  2. I want to come to your house for Halloween - it looks like you know how to celebrate it properly!

  3. Sounds like a fun read! Now my grands are watching Scooby Doo, it's timeless :)

  4. Thank you for the review. I think having a visit at your house for Halloween would be delightful/frightful. ;-) I do love your table scape.

  5. okay, this does sound fun.
    Definitely going to look for this one.
    your tablescape is too cute! Love how you put it all together!

  6. Sounds fun -- and I really love your cute table. Happy Halloween!


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