Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Mr. Monk on the Road Hardcover – January 4, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Readers of Monk will enjoy Mr. Monk on the Road as much as or more than any of the Monk books that have preceded it. Heartily recommended. --Gumshoe Review
Lee does a perfect job of capturing all of the wonderful characters and making them as alive on the page as they were on the screen ----Lorie Ham, Kings River Life Magazine
This is probably the best Monk novel that Lee Goldberg has written by far, plain and simple, it's flat out awesome! --Gelati's Scoop
The jokes are funny. The human relationships are serious and treated with dignity and respect, and the mystery aspect is solidly there. This is another fine entry in a spin-off series that's taken on a life of its own --Bill Crider --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR LEE GOLDBERG'S MONK NOVELS
""No one else could capture these characters and bring them to life on the page the way Lee Goldberg does!"-- King's River Life Magazine
"Goldberg makes Adrian Monk much more interesting than the TV version: the twitches are less obvious, the outcomes much less predictable. Even (or especially) the secondary characters are more interesting and have sharper dialogue."--Chicago Tribune
""The only thing more fun than watching Monk is reading the adventures Lee Goldberg creates for him. The books set a high standard from the get-go." Crimespree Magazine
"Full of snippets of slapstick humor and Monk's special talents for observation," Library Journal
"This latest hilariously funny and devilishly clever novel about TV's obsessive-compulsive sleuth Adrian Monk is an impossible crime lover's delight! Very funny and inventively plotted," Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
">"Throughout the Mr. Monk series author Lee Goldberg has always kept a firm grasp on exactly who his characters are, and he is able to expertly play them against one another to the best dramatic and comic advantage," The Gumshoe Review
"You'd be hard-pressed to find another recent work that provides so many hip and humorous moments." Bookgasm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This book presents to us a contented defective detective. Having solved his wife Trudy's murder, Adrian Monk has at last achieved closure. Oh, he's still bedeviled by his obsessive-compulsive disorder, except it's less crippling by a smidge, and that is what we call progress.
Mr. Monk wants to share his newfound sense of equanimity with his brother Ambrose. As you know, Ambrose suffers from debilitating agoraphobia. Poor guy's stepped out of his house only twice in the past thirty years, those being life-threatening occasions. It's Ambrose's birthday, and Adrian means to give his shut-in sibling the gift of the outdoors.
For me, the coolest thing is that Trudy's daughter, Molly Evans, pops in for a cameo. Molly and Natalie and Natalie's daughter Julie are in cahoots with Adrian, and they work Adrian's underhanded scheme like a well-oiled machine.
Reasoning that Ambrose will never step outside of his own free will, the conspirators slip him a knock-out pill and carry him to the rented motor home what's sitting in the driveway. When Ambrose comes to in the RV, the road trip's already underway, the long-suffering Natalie behind the wheel, Adrian nagging in the back.
MR. MONK ON THE ROAD is part travelogue, part situational comedy, part murder mystery. Ambrose's tour snakes down the California coastline, over to the Grand Canyon and winds back thru Yosemite National Park. The first significant stop is Santa Cruz's infamous Mystery Spot - the tourist attraction that persists in confounding the laws of physics - except after the Monks' visit, the place should be renamed the Solved Spot as Adrian figures out the trick, a casual act of sleuthing that ticks off everyone.
Maybe the best thing about this book is the pleasure derived from observing the Monks cope with being so outside their comfort zones. I soaked in the sheer awe and delight surging thru Ambrose as he took in these new experiences on the open highway and interacted with a string of colorful fellow travelers. That is, once he was able to relax a bit. Natalie's strategy is to move rapidly from place to place so as to not give the Monks time to become restless and start picking out flaws. Natalie's hustling locomotion promptly becomes a problem for Adrian.
It's a given that murder seeks out Adrian Monk wherever he is. When several of their stops result in Adrian's sniffing out a homicide or three, but then Natalie insists on moving on with the crimes unsolved, Adrian's sense of order begins to gnaw away. Adrian's OCD has eased up some, but he's still a very messed-up individual.
Meanwhile, Natalie is nursing thru a deep-seated childhood fear resurrected by the road trip. Except the root of her dread is so silly it almost takes me out of the story.
However, MR. MONK ON THE ROAD is another great read from Lee Goldberg. He once wrote for the show, meaning he's got the pulse of these characters. He gives us learning opportunities with regards to the Monk brothers' crippling disabilities, be it Adrian's OCD or Ambrose's agoraphobia. In the hands of someone like, say, John Sandford or James Patterson, the crime would have been depicted as something darker. But this is a Monk mystery, and Goldberg keeps it light and breezy, and we never do feel the full brunt of how truly depraved and horrific the perpetrator are. Come to think of it, in the wrong hands, Monk as a character could be this tragic, depressing figure period instead of what he is as we see him, a tragic, depressing, AND endearing figure whom we're given agency to care about and at whose odd peccadillos allow us license to smile and to laugh.
A great novel that is great fun!