Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review: Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out

I recently picked up Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out, hoping that it would be as good as the last Monk book I read by the author. It was! The book starts off with the economic crisis of San Francisco, and Monk is fired from his job while in the middle of an investigation. Monk pursues the investigation without pay, because he was fooled into a Ponzi scheme by the man suspected of murder. Monk's character is enjoyable the entire way through! He works at a Grocery Store, a Pizza Parlor and a Fashion Store in hopes that he will get his job back, and Monk's persnickety attitude is just as well described in the book as it is on the show.

I only have one problem with the book. It is written like a Screenplay, and that is not necessarily bad. It is mostly dialogue, so if you like that kind of thing then you will like this. If you are hoping for an overly descriptive mystery novel, then you will be disappointed. I liked that the book was written this way, it showed Monk's personality better this way.

If you are a Monk fan, then you will absolutely love these books. Since the show has been off the air, I have really enjoyed getting a 45 minute TV episode in my head. The books are fast paced, and most importantly, a very quick read. I finished the book in three days and really enjoyed it. I give the book 4.5 stars.

To see an interview I conducted with the author, Lee Goldberg, click here: http://www.spencerbrokaw.com/2011/11/interview-with-lee-goldberg.html

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