Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cozy Mystery Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant (Mr. Monk #19) by Hy Conrad

An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad.

It’s compulsive, page-turning fun.

Monk 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 murdered.

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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Jeanetta said...

I have read all of the Monk books, and I loved them! I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that the books continue.

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