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Mr. Monk is a Mess
Mr Monk Series, No 14
Lee Goldberg

Obsidian Mystery /NAL
June 5, 2012 / ISBN 978-0451236876
Cozy Mystery / TV Tie-in

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the Monk television series, 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.

Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger have been working for three weeks in Summit, New Jersey, at the invitation of Randy Disher, who married Sharona, Monk's previous assistant. Randy is now the Chief of Police of Summit, and has asked Monk and Natalie to become permanent cops on the force.

When they return to San Francisco to prepare for the move, Natalie finds that her home has been invaded and there's a dead woman in her bathtub. Worse yet, the police find stolen money stashed under Natalie's mattress and she becomes the prime suspect. Monk doesn't escape a perplexing surprise, for his brother, Ambrose, is in a panic. Yuki, Ambrose's girlfriend, has disappeared, and being agoraphobic, he begs Monk and Natalie to find her.

I've always loved the Monk TV series and the funny circumstances surrounding Monk's problem with OCD and relating to others. Although this is the first book in the Monk series by Lee Goldberg I've read, the author has captured the characters to perfection. Monk's OCD has improved, though he refuses to see the new woman in his life, who sells products made from animal poop, unless she washes her hands. At least, he's starting a new relationship. Natalie has also matured, gaining self confidence in her abilities to start a new life as a policewoman, though worried about leaving her college-aged-though self-reliant-daughter behind.

The plot is intriguing and the mystery involved me from the very beginning, but the greatest joy was the marvelous humor Lee Goldberg has instilled throughout the novel. I started the book after dinner and couldn't stop, reading it in bed and waking my husband with my laughter far too many times to count.

This is a delightful mystery and ranks at the top of the best reads for me this year.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, No 1    [review]
Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, No 3    [review]
Mr. Monk Goes To Germany, No 6    [review]
Mr. Monk on Patrol, No 13   [review]

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2012