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Mr. Monk Gets Even Hardcover – December 31, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
Book 15 of 19 in the Mr. Monk Series

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Editorial Reviews


"It's a funny, readable book that retains the flavor of the TV series and stays true to the characters despite them moving on," Deseret News

 “Hilariously funny and devilishly clever…an impossible-crime lover’s delight.”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

About the Author

Lee Goldberg has written episodes of the USA Network television series Monk, as well as many other programs. He is a two-time Edgar® Award nominee and the author of many other books, including The Walk, Watch Me Die, The Dead Man, and the acclaimed Diagnosis Murder novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer. His previous Monk novels are available in paperback, including Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, which won the Scribe Award for Best Novel from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mr. Monk (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1st Printing edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451239156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451239150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's been six months since Natalie moved to Summit, New Jersey, and began her new life as a police officer. However, she is finding she misses her life in San Francisco and the excitement that Monk brought to it. The biggest case she's had involves stolen laundry detergent.

Meanwhile, Natalie's daughter Julie has been working as Monk's new assistant until he can find someone permanent. But he's got two cases to distract him right now. First, there's a series of accidents that Monk identifies as murder. Who is the common connection? Even more worrisome, Monk's old nemesis Dale the Whale is out of prison to have an operation. Might this be part of a larger plan to escape?

I have yet to be truly disappointed with one of Lee Goldberg's books based on the TV show Monk. This one was no exception. Both cases kept me going, wanting to know what would happen next. The character arcs that he really started to put into full swing after the series ended bare fruit here as well. I love seeing how he's developed them, and that includes some of the new characters he's introduced as well.

And yes, I laughed several times at the antics of Monk and some of the lines he and others have in the book. The characters may be growing, but they still retain what made us love and laugh from the TV show.

So if you are a fan of Monk, you really do owe it to yourself to read these books. And you owe it to Monk to start at the beginning and see how things develop. They are well worth obsessing over.
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I will not spoil the plot but will tell you that all is balanced in the world again. Goldberg hit a homerun with this novel and I am sad because I have read all the Monk novels so far. Goldberg has merged with Natalie and her voice now is coherent and mature. I'd guessed one outcome but not the rest and became so a part of the novel I forgot it was my last for a while and I should nurse it along.You can keep your 50 shades of Grey, give me 50 more shades of Mr. Monk.
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I put off reading this book for a couple of days after receiving it, I just didn't want the ride with Goldberg at the helm to end. Since Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Goldberg has taken the (great) characters from the TV show and given us sides/dimensions to them that the show didn't have time or opportunity to develop. This is particularly true after the finale episode where Goldberg didn't have to worry about contradicting the show's canon, but was free to grow the characters...to add new ones, to make significant life changes and so on.

And when it comes to serialized detective fiction -- no matter the medium, it's the characters that count. Yes, the plots and mysteries need to be enough to hold your interest -- and you need a laugh or two when the series is along the lines of Monk; and Goldberg can do that just fine. But what brings viewers and readers back again and again.

Mr. Monk Gets Even handles the character stuff flawlessly. To send himself off with a bang-Goldberg brings back Dale the Whale, larger and more preposterous than ever; Stottlemeyer's career and life are in jeopardy; Monk may be wrong; Ambrose (I'd pay for Ambrose books written by Goldberg) reaches another major milestone; and, of course, Natalie is at a crossroads, too. And that's just the major points. Shouldn't forget some of the most prominent use of Julie Teeger in any medium.

Goldberg does it all with panache, respect for the characters, a lotta laughs, and just the right emotional moments to bring his time with the series to a close.

Great read.
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Those of us who were fans of the television show that documented the career of the odd, but brilliant, Detective Mr. Monk, are pleased that his assistant, Natalie, with the help of Lee Goldberg, is keeping us informed of his more recent cases.

If you have seen the television series, you already know Mr. Monk and his approach to solving murders. If you have never seen the show, TODAY, look on Amazon for the DVD sets and begin with Season One and become addicted.

Mr. Goldberg is a talented writer who has worked with Mr. Monk and Natalie for over a decade, making him an ideal choice to report on Mr. Monk's current cases. If Mr. Goldberg has a weakness, it is that he ASSUMES the reader already knows the characters well so he does not devote much time to fully developing the nuances of Mr. Monk's odd personality and talents and his relationship with Natalie. Instead, Mr. Goldberg focuses on the mystery itself.

My favorite mystery writers give me a fair chance at solving the mystery myself. I do not like mysteries where the solution is obvious, nor do I like the ones where the solution is a total surprise, unsupported by the clues and evidence know to the reader. Mr. Goldberg is an expert at finding the sweet spot. He provides the reader with enough of the clues that a focused and thoughtful reader may solve the mystery, or at least not be surprised by the solution. He does not make it easy.

By the way, Lee Goldberg has written many books other than the Monk series. His non-Monk books take a harder, tougher tone than the Monk books. Most of his books are available on Amazon, including pre-owned books that sell for as little as a penny. The Monk books share the PG-13 tone of the tv series. His other books, if made into a movie, would probably be rated "R" for violence, and sometimes sex. Try several of his books and you are likely to become a fan.
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