Aug 292013

Mr Monk Helps Himself


Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad

An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place….

Now that Monk and Natalie are both in San Francisco again, life is almost back to normal for the duo, with one exception: Natalie is studying for her PI license, the last step to becoming Monk’s full partner.

Before taking the plunge, Natalie sneaks off to Half Moon Bay for a retreat run by Miranda Bigley, charismatic leader of the Best Possible Me self-help program, whose philosophy has helped Natalie deal with her recent life changes. But her plans for a relaxing weekend away are disrupted when Monk tracks her down, determined to rescue her from the “cult.” Their argument is cut short when Miranda, in full view of everyone, calmly walks to the edge of a cliff and jumps off.

Even though Miranda’s death looks like suicide—especially when it’s discovered that she was on the brink of financial disaster—Natalie is sure it is murder. But Monk brushes her off to help the SFPD solve the murder of a clown, despite his coulrophobia, or fear of clowns—number ninety-nine on his list of one hundred phobias.

As Natalie and Monk begin their separate investigations, they are quickly caught up in many precarious situations, but if they want to figure out whodunit, they will have to find a way to become true partners…

I loved the tv series Monk and was so upset when they cancelled it. You can only imagine how happy I was to learn there was a Monk book series…even though the first book was in 2006, I just recently found out about the series.

Anyway, I didn’t know what to expect from the book. I figured it’d be really good since Hy Conrad also wrote for the tv series, but I was really surprised at how much I loved this book. There are so many LOL moments, and all the characters come across just like they did in the show.

The best part of the book is that there are two separate murders to investigate. In a twist that I really loved,  Natalie saw things that Monk overlooked (obviously because he was in clown shock) in one of the cases, and since no one would take her serious, she decided to investigate that case by herself, and I loved that she wouldn’t back down until they would listen to her.

I loved how assertive Natalie was in this book, she gets her P.I. license so she can be a full partner with Monk and not just his assistant. She’s really becoming a vital part of the team.

Monk is his same old loveable OCD self, and my two favorite parts were his new toilet, and every place the clown was involved!  Hilarious!!

I plan on reading the rest of this series, and hope they keep coming. I couldn’t have enjoyed this book more.

 Thanks to Teddy for my review copy!
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  10 Responses to “Book Review: Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad”

  1. Now I’m wondering which came first – the books or the TV show.

  2. I’m so glad you loved Mr. Monk Helps Himself!

  3. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my new book. I’m glad you’re now a fan of the book series — since my next one comes out in December 2013!

  4. I am looking forward to reading the Monk book! I think it’s a great twist to have Natalie get her PI license at last.

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  6. My blog tour stop (for Monk) is on Sept. 10…and I also really found the book fun and hilarious. I never saw the TV series, so I didn’t have high expectations. The book exceeded them, though.

    I loved the clown moments, too.

  7. My wife and I love the TV series. So far I haven’t read any of the books, so it would be great to win this giveaway. I’ve been reading Hy Conrad’s mysteries for many many years, since I first discovered him on a website called in the late 90s. My wife has since interviewed him for her book review blog. You can find the interview by clicking my name.

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