An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad.
It’s compulsive, page-turning fun.
and Natalie have finally settled into a new office routine. Now they
just need to work things out with their neighbors—a print shop run by
hippies whose music leaks through the walls, driving Monk nuts. But the
detectives soon have a more serious conflict to deal with: Captain
Stottlemeyer’s new lieutenant, A.J. Cartledge—a man of limited skills
whom Monk finds insufferable.
Even the presence of Lieutenant
Cartledge won’t keep Monk and Natalie from attending the funeral of
Judge Oberlin, and it’s a good thing. In typical fashion, Monk examines
the body in the casket—and finds evidence of poison. The judge was
While there are no traces of the poison at the judge’s
house, Monk detects that there had been an intruder. The next rainy day,
when Captain Stottlemeyer begins to show the same symptoms, Monk
deduces that there’s a diabolical killer at work, someone who wanted
both the judge and the captain dead. Monk and Natalie turn to the
captain’s ex-lieutenant in Summit, New Jersey for help, but even that
might not be enough to solve this crime. With his friend in danger and
an enemy close, Monk will have to put his reservations aside to crack
the case in time.
As a fan of the television show, it has delighted me to see the series continued on through literature. I've enjoyed spending the last few books with Hy Conrad and his brilliant storytelling abilities. It's bittersweet to think that the series is finally coming to an end (if the rumors are true), but I truly have enjoyed this ride.
That being said, I want to tip my hat to Hy for going out in true Monk fashion! This book was true to the character. I enjoyed his quirkiness and I certainly enjoyed the mystery and the subplots at play. It was yet another thrilling addition to the world of Monk.
I'm sad to see the author end their run at this series. With any luck, someone else will pick up where they leave off. But if they don't, it certainly has been one heck of a fun ride!
Rating: 4.5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
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