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Mr. Monk is miserable
Other title(s):
Mister Monk is miserable


Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
389 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Based on the television series created by Andy Breckman.
On a side trip to France, detective Adrian Monk takes a tour through the historic underground world of the Parisian sewers, where he encounters catacombs filled with ancient human remains, including one much more recent skull bearing evidence of murder.
Added Uniform Title:
Monk (Television program)


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Adrian Monk and Natalie are in Paris, touring the shadowy catacombs lined with millions of centuries-old bones. Of course, Monk notices one particular skull, declaring that the person had been killed very recently. Now Monk must catch a cunning killer.

Author Notes

Lee Goldberg is a screenwriter, TV producer, and the author of several books including King City, The Walk, the Monk series, and the Fox and O'Hare series written with Janet Evanovich. He was the 2012 recipient of the Poirot Award from Malice Domestic.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Goldberg's seventh novel based on the popular cable TV series fails to capture the spirit of actor Tony Shalhoub's portrayal of Adrian Monk, the brilliant obsessive-compulsive former SFPD detective traumatized by his wife's unsolved murder. To be fair, so much of the show's humor derives from visual gags that translating the character's fastidiousness and quirkiness into print would be a challenge for any writer. After a trip to Germany to track down his shrink, detailed in Mr. Monk Goes to Germany (2008), Monk takes a detour to Paris at the instigation of his long-suffering assistant, Natalie Teeger. Like Jessica Fletcher of Murder, She Wrote, Monk can hardly go a day without stumbling over a corpse. En route, he solves the in-flight murder of a fellow airline passenger. Once in Paris, Monk visits a sewer museum, where he notices a fresh skull amid a pile of centuries-old bones. This one's likely to divert only die-hard fans of the TV show. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Traveling with Adrian Monk is not easy, given his many phobias and needs. When he and Natalie, his long-suffering assistant, leave Bern, where he followed his therapist because he could not do without his advice, they go to Paris for a vacation. Insisting on visiting the city's sewers, Monk finds a bone that appears to be younger than the other bones in the catacombs. Full of snippets of slapstick humor and Monk's special talents for observation, this will appeal to fans of the USA TV show. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.