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Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Lee Goldberg

Series: Mr. Monk (2)

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Title:Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii
Authors:Lee Goldberg
Info:Signet (2006), Edition: Reissue, Kindle Edition, 308 pages
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Natalie Teeger is going on an all expenses paid vacation to Kauai, Hawaii, for a friend's wedding. Her only problem is her employer, private detective Adrian Monk, who needs a paid assistant to help him cope with his phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors. Natalie waits until the last possible moment to tell Monk that she is leaving and will be replaced by temp workers for the week. She never expected that Monk would take a drug prescribed by his psychiatrist in order to overcome his fear of flying and follow her to Hawaii. While there, Monk helps the local police solve the murder of a resort guest and battles wits with psychic Dylan Swift.

Some of the scenes in the book have a familiar feel to them. There are references to things that happened on the TV series. For instance, the drug Monk took before flying to Hawaii was left over from a prescription he received in an episode of the TV series. Sharona was still his nurse/assistant in that episode, so Natalie hadn't seen the drug's effect on Monk's behavior before. Natalie is the first-person narrator of the book series, and the novel length allows readers to get to know Natalie better than they would by watching the television series. These revelations are consistent with what viewers have seen on television, and they add some depth to her character. Monk is one of my all-time favorite TV series. I've missed the anticipation of new TV episodes since the series concluded and it's nice to be able to anticipate the pleasure of of Monk and Natalie's company in several more books. ( )
  cbl_tn | Sep 7, 2014 |
Some people think Hawaii is paradise. But Monk knows that danger—like dirt—lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. His assistant, Natalie, isnĂ‚Â’t exactly thrilled about MonkĂ‚Â’s latest investigation. It was bad enough that Monk followed her on vacation, and now it looks as though the vacation is over....

Smooth-talking TV psychic Dylan Swift is on the island and claims to have a message from beyond—from Helen Gruber. Monk has his doubts about Swift’s credibility. But finding the killer and proving Swift a fraud—all while coping with geckos and the horror of unsynchronized ceiling fans—may prove a tough coconut to crack....

### Review

“Charm, mystery, and fun.”—Janet Evanovich

“Sly humor, endearing characters, tricky plots.”—Jerrilyn Farmer

“Can books be better than television? You bet they can—when Lee Goldberg’s writing them.”—Lee Child

### About the Author

Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the Monk television series, as well as many other programs. He is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and the author of the acclaimed **Diagnosis Murder** novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer. ( )
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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Loved it! Monk is the best :) ( )
  Erin94 | Aug 3, 2010 |
Great book. I laughed out loud several times, especially at the beginning, the mystery was clever without being ridiculous and the characters felt true to how they have been established on the show. ( )
  Jthierer | Jul 25, 2008 |
“Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii” is a fun book. With this book, Lee Goldberg takes Monk to an exotic locale that would not be possible to do on the television show. Natalie has to go to Hawaii to a wedding, and Mr. Monk tags along since he feels he can not handle himself at home alone without her. To avoid a situation like “Mr. Monk and the Airplane”, Adrian Monk once again takes the medicine that makes him less worried about phobias but, in the words of Dr. Kroger, “makes him a lousy detective”. It was fun to once again see Monk on medication, something he has not done since “Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine”. Monk acts like a completely different person when on the medicine. Once the medicine wears off though, that is where the fun begins. Monk stumbles onto an accident that he feels is a murder. He has to deal with his phobias in an environment to which he is not accustomed, and solve the case in the process. I laughed out loud when Monk is confronted with lizards in a restaurant. My sister lived in Guam for a while, and through her I know that those little green guys are everywhere over there. It was amusing to see how Monk handled himself in that situation, which suffice to say, was not very well. Mr. Goldberg is still coming to terms with the characters as this is only his second book in the series. So, there are some instances where Mr. Monk does things that he would not do in the show. Still, those instances are few and far between and it did not spoil my enjoyment of this book. ( )
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Natalie Teeger's friend is getting married in Hawaii, and invites Natalie.  Natalie nervously explains to Mr. Monk that she is off for a week's vacation, and Mr. Monk takes it . . . badly.  So badly he pops some pills and follows her onto the plane.

As would be expected, Mr. Monk finds some investigating work to do while "on vacation."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451219007, Mass Market Paperback)

Some people think Hawaii is paradise. But Monk knows that danger—like dirt—lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. His assistant, Natalie, isn’t exactly thrilled about Monk’s latest investigation. It was bad enough that Monk followed her on vacation, and now it looks as though the vacation is over....

Smooth-talking TV psychic Dylan Swift is on the island and claims to have a message from beyond—from Helen Gruber. Monk has his doubts about Swift’s credibility. But finding the killer and proving Swift a fraud—all while coping with geckos and the horror of unsynchronized ceiling fans—may prove a tough coconut to crack....

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Some people think Hawaii is paradise, but Monk knows that danger, like dirt, lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. His assistant Natalie isn't exactly thrilled about Monk's latest investigation. It was bad enough Monk followed her on vacation, and now it looks like the vacation is over. Smooth-talking TV psychic Dylan Swift is on the island and claims to have a message from beyond-from Helen Gruber. Monk has his doubts about Swift's credibility. But finding the killer and proving Swift a fraud-all while coping with geckos and the horror of unsynchronized ceiling fans-may prove a tough coconut to crack.… (more)

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