Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MR. MONK ON THE COUCH by Lee Goldberg

Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-451-23386-8
Reviewed by Angie
Obtained by publisher

Adrian Monk from the USA Network’s hit show Monk once again is solving murders as fast as they can occur. When a body is found it takes him mere minutes to know who did it, and why. His uncanny knack for solving crimes makes him an asset to the San Francisco Police Department. His obsessive compulsiveness once again makes him the man to solve the current crime spree. The first murder leaves even him baffled, but when a second and third murder shortly follows he is quickly able to link the three murders – and tell the police why they were killed.

Natalie Teeger is Mr. Monk’s assistant who is learning to be a detective in her own right. After the past few years watching Monk and the police chief at work, she has the skill needed to solve a case. When the police determine a man who died in a hotel of natural causes does not warrant investigating, Natalie is determined to find out why the man had a fake identity, and why he was hiding in the bay area. She learns that a case often does not need to be solved, and sometimes things are better left alone.

Adrian Monk is a great character full of life, flaws and so brilliant he is a perfect man to portray in a book. A fictional character could not be better as a detective. He comes across the pages and leaves readers shaking their heads in disbelief. Natalie is a great secondary lead who does her best to balance Monk’s OCD behaviors, and is brilliant in her own right. The secondary characters round this novel out to be one of the best reads I have read this year.

Lee Goldberg is a talented author who takes characters from an obsolete television show and brings them back to life. He brings them from the pages and makes them feel as though they are real people working cases and making waves in the community. MR. MONK ON THE COUCH is a fast pace read worthy of any mystery lovers time.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

1 comment:

Lee Goldberg said...

Thanks for the great review!