Having never seen even one episode
of the “Monk” television series, and having never
read a previous book in this series, I wasn’t altogether
sure what to expect. Now that I’ve read the book, I’m
not altogether sure what to think.
While I understand
the concept, that Adrian Monk is a brilliant detective who
just happens to be a mess of phobias and OCD, and that he
can be awkward and irritating, I didn’t “get it”
while reading this book.
The story tells
of Monk going on a cruise ship for business with his associate
Natalie, who has recently earned her P I license. Monk is
anxious and unhappy, but there is a cruise director who has
a knack for making things better, until she dies, that is.
Monk and Natalie then embark on an investigation to find out
who is causing trouble on the voyage and if this all ties
in to the death of Mariah, the cruise director. Honestly,
I expected to be amused, but found myself confused instead.
seem to be as much the protagonist of the story as the sidekick
to Natalie. While the mystery itself was adequate, it wasn’t
compelling. I guess if you were a fan of the TV show or have
read other books in the series, you would probably want to
read this, and not let my negative opinion persuade you otherwise.
On the other hand, if I’m on the right track and this
book doesn’t tie-in well with the TV show, you might
just want to give this a pass. Use your own judgment on this
one, ladies and gents.