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Mr. Monk in Trouble Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the Monk television series, as well as many other programs. He is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and the author of the acclaimed Diagnosis Murder novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer.
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In this adventure Monk is asked to investigate a murder in a small western mining town where a former police officer was murdered. After encounters with kamikaze butterflies and rogue donkeys, Natalie and Monk discover that there is something peculiar in the little town of Trouble, CA. The sheriff catches Natalie's eye and the whole town seems to really connect with a certain detective with a fondness for cleanliness and order that it seems to much of a coincidence with another citizen named Monk, over 150 years ago.
Long story short, if you like mysteries and you like humor, you have to read this book plus the other books in this series. Lee Goldberg transfers you into the lives of the world's greatest detective and his assistant better then the television show could itself. Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down.
Goldberg has a knack for cooking up ingenious plots and this book is no exception. The book within a book idea adds a new element of fun to the novel which is already packed with laughs. Who wouldn't enjoy the mental gyrations of a man who believes that many of the world's problems could be solved by outlawing spitting?
"You get away with that and, before you know it, you're letting go of your sphincters willy -nilly, robbing trains and killing old ladies."
His assistant Natalie is just the right compliment, strong and practical, but with her own sense of humor, noted here when she's sizing up the Trouble Police Chief.
"I tried not to stare but couldn't help noticing that he had a nice body and just enough chest hair to suggest a healthy masculinity but not so much that I wanted to offer him a banana."
This book is a combination of satisfying mystery, hilarity and a shade of poignancy which is the flip side of Monk's OCD. The reader is made aware every so often, that Monk's gifts do not come without a price and at the core he is a lonely, frightened soul. Because he has Natalie, we can enjoy the fact that he cannot cut a pizza unless he's brought along his string, compass, T square and level.
Goldberg's next book is Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out where Monk is fired from his consulting job with SFPD. Natalie better get the T square ready and stock up on wet wipes because wherever Monk is, there's plenty of obsessively funny mystery to follow.
Since his house is being renovated, Mr. Monk agrees to go to the mining town with his assistant and friend Natalie. While in town he finds out about a cold case he decides to solve in his spare time. The famous train The Golden Rail Express was robbed of its gold on its last run in 1962, but what happened to the loot or the mastermind was never revealed and a third robber never found. With brilliant insight and a nod to a gold rush era equivalent with phobias and an assistant Abigail Guthrie keeping diaries of Artemis Monk, Adrian works the train robbery, the murder, and assorted other inquiries until he vanishes leaving an injured Natalie to investigate the case of the missing sleuthing employer.
Nobody does novelizations of TV shows better than Lee Goldberg consistently does. His latest Mr. Monk tale is one of the best due to the intriguing tongue in cheek self mocking subplot involving Artemis who as the assayer who also worked cases in 1852; the local curator insists the two OCD Monks may be a century and a half apart but look like twins separated at birth. Fans will enjoy the stories of the two Mr. Monk's.
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Reading the Monk books is just as fun as watching the show.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Mr. Monk! And these books are so well written. Highly recommend!Published 7 months ago by Serenity Yoga
A lot of fun to read if you're a Monk fan. The book moves along at a good pace and you don't get bored.Published 16 months ago by KickChick
I so enjoyed this book! I happily recommend it to any one who enjoys light hearted mysteries. I rate it right up there with the "Ivy Malone" mysteries.Published 19 months ago by DONNA
Very entertaining and a great read. Could easily visualize as I was reading. It did not pick up where the show left off though like I was expecting.Published on July 15, 2014 by StellaB
Good story but when the theme switched back and forth from the 1800's events to the present is was somewhat hard to follow.Published on May 24, 2014 by cheffy