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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse
By Lee Goldberg

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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse
By Lee Goldberg
Thorndike Press Large Print (2007)
ISBN 10: 0-7862-9549-X
ISBN 13: 978-7862-9549-4
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Angela Evans - July 9, 2007

Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is the newest installment in Lee Goldberg's delightful mystery series that is based upon the Monk TV series created by Andy Breckman. If you've never seen the TV series, suffice it to say that Adrian Monk is the epitome of the defective detective! He's obsessive-compulsive, has numerous phobias, including a morbid fear of germs, and he is eccentric to boot. Surprisingly, it is these very foibles that help to make him such a great detective, and such an interesting character.

In Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse Monk finds himself living with his assistant, Natalie Teeger, while his house is being fumigated. Natalie is the narrator of this story, and her dealings with Monk as are funny as the story itself. In the midst of driving Natalie and her daughter crazy with his incessant demands and nit-picking, Monk becomes involved in a deadly serious investigation - the murder of Sparky, the local firehouse's resident dalmatian. In short order what begins as a rather simple investigation, begun at the behest of Julie, Natalie's daughter, soon grows into something much bigger as a human bodies start to turn up. As expected, it falls upon Detective Monk, aided of course by his friends at the San Francisco Police Department, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer and Lt. Randy Disher, to get to the bottom of it all.

Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is a great, light read. Goldberg ably captures the essence of the TV series, while presenting a catching narrative that delivers a solid mystery infused with large doses of jocularity. Without doubt, this book is a must-read for not only fans of the TV series, but also for anyone looking for a delightful, quick read to relax with on a hot summer day, or a cold one for that matter.


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