I’m going to try something new and recommend books that I enjoyed reading.
First up is Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids, which might have been inspired by watching Scooby-Doo after reading H.P. Lovecraft.
Peter, Kerrie, Andy, and Nate, along with their canine companion Sean, achieved notoriety as the Blyton Summer Detective Club. They solved a number of small-town mysteries, which were occasionally unbelievable schemes perpetrated by a man in a bad Halloween costume.
Then they grew up, grew apart, and tried to go on with their lives. But their last case still haunted them, and that’s where Meddling Kids picks up the action. Andy (please don’t call her Andrea) gets the members of the gang back together to investigate what really happened during their final case as preteen detectives 13 years earlier.
Cantero creates a satisfying mystery, complete with all sorts of fun nods to the two genres he’s working with. But there’s also a touching love story and a tale about growing up to be found here.
There are some odd stylistic choices — for example every so often, Cantero abandons traditional prose for a movie script format. It feels very odd the first few times he does it, but I got used to it after that.
Meddling Kids is a fun read that I’d recommend to any grown-up kids out there.
Spring is just around the corner, and that means a new crop of baseball books. Among them:
Mike Piazza‘s “Long Shot” is probably the one that will get the most buzz, and the former Mets catcher is scheduled to do two book signings in New York next month. One will be at the Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Feb. 11th; the other will be at the Barnes & Noble in Carle Place on Feb. 12th. For more information, visit Mets Hot Corner.
While Batista is a longshot to make the team if everyone is healthy, he might be the most interesting member of the pitching staff not named R.A. Dickey.
When he comes in to pitch for Aguilas Cibaenas, his winter league team, the stadium public address announcer says, “Now pitching, the poet, Miguel Batista.” … The nickname stems from what is a unique distinction among ballplayers: Batista, 41, is a published author. He has written a poetry book and a novel about a serial killer. And while he attempts to secure one of the last spots in the Mets’ bullpen, he is also writing the final chapters of a second novel, about a secret government weapon project gone awry.