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Friday, June 18, 2010

Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse - Lee Goldberg (Mystery Series)

Released January 2006

One thing I really miss is Monk. The popular television series ended its long run leaving fans to re-watch old episodes or indulge in Lee Goldberg's book series. While I have each book and have re-read many of them, I'd never read the first in this series, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse.

In this series opener, Monk must move in with Natalie while his apartment building is fumigated. He's busy sterilizing most everything, but soon he'll be up to his ears in not one, but a series of murders. Julie, Natalie's daughter, is distraught, someone killed a nearby fire department's cherished fire dog while the crew were at a fire. Monk offers to solve the case. As if this isn't enough, there's a body in the charred remnants of the blaze the fire crew were battling.

Monk's convinced the murders are linked, but finding evidence isn't as easy as it might seem, especially when most of it appears to have gone up in flames. Monk's determination to solve the case is definitely put to the test.

This book sets the stage. Narrated from Natalie Teeger's point of view, the series captures Monk, Captain Stottlemeyer, Natalie, Julie and Randy Disher perfectly. It's simple to visualize the characters as you read. Every character's nuances shine through, especially Monk's quirky compulsive behaviors. In fact, I've come to love the books just as much as the show. Best of all, the book series featuring Monk isn't over. Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out is due in book stores next month.

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