The Scooby Doo gang grows up in Edgar Cantero's wonderfully weird Meddling Kids. In 1977, Andy, Kerri, Nate, and Peter -- the Blyton Summer Detective Club -- solved the mystery of the "Sleepy Lake Monster," who (of course) turned out to be a creep in a mask. But there were things about the case that haunted them: the monsters who weren't a dude in a mask, the corpses hanging from trees, and everything else just off surrounding the case. We flash forward 13 years: Peter is dead (a supposed accidental overdose), Nate is in a mental asylum, Andy has escaped jail in Texas, and Kerri turns to alcohol to escape her nightmare....Blyton Hills clearly impacted them. Andy decides to convince Nate and Kerri (and Kerri's dog Tim, the grandson of their original dog) to return to Blyton Hills to finally solve what happened that night in 1977.
As NPR writes, "Mostly, [read] it because Meddling Kids is that rarest of things: a brilliant idea wedded to beautiful and perfectly-pitched execution — this juxtaposition of primary-colored cartoon nostalgia with some seriously dark trauma-survivor subtext that hits you like icy water every time you start having too much fun; jagged reminders of what it must've been like to be an actual child trapped in a dungeon with the monsters outside scratching to get in, and of the psychic price paid by those who battle monsters."
There are so many twists at the end you won't see coming (I didn't see any coming, my brother - who also read Meddling Kids - swears he predicted one or two). There's definitely your fair share of magic, monsters, and mythology, plus some good old-fashioned nostalgia.... Worth a read. And then a re-read because you feel like you missed all the clues.