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Mr. Monk is Miserable by Lee Goldberg
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Mr. Monk is Miserable

by Lee Goldberg

Series: Mr. Monk (7)

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On a trip to France, Monk takes a tour through the historic underground world of the Parisian sewers and encounters a catacomb filled with ancient human remains--and one much more recent skull.

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With things neatly tied up in Germany, Adrian and Natalie head for Paris where Monk, after some initial reluctance to take a vacation, is looking forward to touring the city’s sewers. But his discovery of a murder as the two tour the catacombs pulls the intrepid detective into a new mystery that has ties to San Francisco and brings both Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher to Paris.

Picking up where “Mr. Monk Goes to Germany” left off, the story brings together all the expected characters for a hysterical romp through the streets of Paris with Monk . . . foibles, phobias, and all . . . hot on the trail of the murderer. This seventh book in the series is pure fun and laughter, a great read for everyone, not just fans of the series.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | May 25, 2019 |
3.5 stars rounded to 4. Another fun episode in the Monk series. Monk is in Paris after being tricked by Natalie into going. He works with the French police to solve murders while Natalie tries to enjoy a vacation. This book was very well-researched and gave lots of information on the sewer system of Paris and the Freegan movement. The storyline was fun as well as interesting. For those who ROO (Read out of order), I recommend reading the previous book Mr. Monk Goes to Germany first as there are a lot of references to the prior plotlines.

REREAD 5/8/2016 ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Enjoyable as most of the books in the series are. Setting in France and the catacombs -- makes one want to visit. ( )
  skraft001 | Mar 12, 2016 |
Typical Monk observations, and some great fun along the way, but these foreign stories just feel a tad forced to me.
I prefer Adrian on home turf. ( )
  Helen_Earl | Aug 6, 2015 |
**Based on the hit USA network series- from edgar(r) Award - nominated *Monk* screenwriter lee Goldberg**

Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie are in Paris, touring the shadowy catacombs that wind beneath the city streets, lined with millions of centuries-old human bones. Of course, Monk notices one particular skull, declaring that the person was killed recently. With the delights of Paris overshadowed by murder, Monk will have to think fast-and see in the dark-if he's going to catch a cunning killer.

### From Publishers Weekly

Goldberg's seventh novel based on the popular cable TV series fails to capture the spirit of actor Tony Shalhoub's portrayal of Adrian Monk, the brilliant obsessive-compulsive former SFPD detective traumatized by his wife's unsolved murder. To be fair, so much of the show's humor derives from visual gags that translating the character's fastidiousness and quirkiness into print would be a challenge for any writer. After a trip to Germany to track down his shrink, detailed in *Mr. Monk Goes to Germany* (2008), Monk takes a detour to Paris at the instigation of his long-suffering assistant, Natalie Teeger. Like Jessica Fletcher of *Murder, She Wrote*, Monk can hardly go a day without stumbling over a corpse. En route, he solves the in-flight murder of a fellow airline passenger. Once in Paris, Monk visits a sewer museum, where he notices a fresh skull amid a pile of centuries-old bones. This one's likely to divert only die-hard fans of the TV show. *(Dec.)*
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*"A mystery that can stand alongside some of the works of Jonathan Latimer, Craig Rice, and Donald E. Westlake for its comedic value."* **Barry Ergang, Futures Mystery Magazine**

*"Series fans will find much to enjoy and celebrate. And for everyone else there is a neat, surprisingly literate and well-written mystery starring a most unlikely crime solver." * **Alan Cranis, Bookgasm ** ( )
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