Natalie is ready for a vacation. Fortunately, her best friend is getting married in Hawaii and is giving Natalie a paid week in Hawaii if she'll come to be maid of honor. The biggest problem is telling her boss, Adrian Monk.
When Natalie actually leaves for her trip, she is shocked to find her boss on the plane with her. Yep, he can't take the thought of a week without an assistant and is crashing her vacation.
Even worse, after the wedding, Monk stumbles on a crime scene. Helen Gruber, a fellow guest at the resort, was killed when a coconut fell from a palm tree onto her head. The police are ready to rule it an accident until Monk points out some flaws with the crime scene. Before Natalie knows it, her vacation is over as Monk assists the local police in their search for a killer.
After loving the first Monk novel, I was looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint in the least. I found myself chuckling, grinning, and laughing the entire way through the book. Once again, author Lee Goldberg has expertly captured the spirit of the TV show.
Since the bulk of the book takes place in Hawaii, series characters Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher are only in a couple scenes. This allows the book to focus more on Natalie and Monk's relationship. Even though Monk is Natalie's employer, she has grown to really care for him. There are several touching scenes that showcase how great their relationship truly is. Additionally, the story gives us a chance to get to know Natalie better with some time spent focused on her back story. Anyone who still hasn't warm up to the character on the TV show will have a different view of her after reading this book.
Having previous set one of his Diagnosis: Murder novels in Hawaii, Lee Goldberg decided to reuse some things. Specifically, Detective Kealoha and the resort that is the focus of the action previous had to deal with Dr. Mark Sloan.
Mr. Goldberg always creates a great mystery for his characters to solve, and this book is no exception. There are more distractions in the way of other, smaller cases then I would normally like, but this is a minor complaint since it rarely slows the main story down for long. Beside, the asides are just as entertaining as the main story. The ending caught me by surprise, always a plus in my book.
If you enjoy the TV show at all, don't pass these books up. You'll thank me later.
on 19 July 2006
If you are missing Monk, then look no further. This is a great addition to the show with a brand new story. It made me laugh quite a few times, so don't read it in public or you may get funny looks! The book has all Monk's obsessive quirks with an entertaining story. I really enjoyed it and if you are a fan of the tv show, then I would recommend it. It is a nice light read and you also get to see Monk from Natalie's perspective. I can't wait for the next installment while I wait for series 4 to come on tv!
'Mr Monk Goes to Hawaii' is the second book in the series written by Lee Goldberg, based on the TV show Monk. It begins when Natalie is invited to her friend's wedding in Hawaii and as Monk cannot cope without her for a week, he takes some anti-OCD medication and gets himself on the plane to join her. On their second day there a body of a rich old lady is found in a hottub where it looks as if she had been hit on the head by a fatal blow from a coconut that had fell from a tree. Monk, of course, knows better and helps the local police investigate the murder, as well as some other unsolved and on-going crimes around the island. Also on the island is a TV psychic who claims he can receive messages from the dead, including from the woman who had just been murdered and from Natalie's husband Mitch.
This is the second book that I've read from the series and although I loved the first one, this one is just so much better. Goldberg seems to have the "Monk-isms" down to a tee in this book and has captured his and Natalie's releationship a lot more accurately to the show. The book is funny, emotional, a good mystery and with plenty of twists right up until the last page. Monk is as loveable yet irritating as ever with his million and one different phobias and obsessions, but will have you literally laughing out loud from the first page until the last. There's not much of Stottlemyer and Disher, as they are back in San Fransico, but when they are there they have their hilarious double-act too.
This is a truly excellent and easy read that fans of the show should love and is definitely the best in the series so far. I just can't see how the Monk books can get any better as this was absolutely brilliant. Highly recommended!
Lee Goldberg's second "Monk" novel is even more enjoyable than the first ("Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse"). Here, Monk leaves his natural San Francisco habitat after his assistant, Natalie, drops the bombshell that she is going on holiday to Hawaii. Deciding that he couldn't possibly survive a week of getting his own wet wipes, Monk follows her. Those who enjoyed the season three episode, "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine", will be delighted to know that Monk has kept a supply of the character-changing drug, Dioxynl. He takes this to enable him to board the plane and we get a brief reprise of The Monk in action. Don't worry. He's soon back to his old self, describing Hawaii as a hell hole.
As you would expect, it's not long before Monk is helping the local police with their caseload. This includes the death of a woman apparently killed by a coconut. And you also won't be surprised to learn that he soon sets about teaching the maids at his hotel how to do their jobs correctly.
Once again, the story is narrated by Natalie Teeger, Monk's friend and assistant. The nature of the story means that the other series regulars, Captain Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Disher are largely absent. However, the novel form enables the author to spend some time developing Monk and Natalie's friendship. The constraint of a forty minute television episode does not allow for such luxury.
There are some nice touches of humour. Monk recoils in horror when Natalie dons a bikini and has a similar reaction when he is told that he will have to sit on the ground when the two go to a traditional meal. There's also a television psychic, a bigamist and a nice exchange between Monk and some swingers. The sleuthing aspect is handled nicely with Monk piecing together a cunningly cryptic set of clues as he unmasks the killer.
If you're already a fan of the television series, you should enjoy this highly entertaining novel.
on 9 October 2015
The combination of my favourite detective and my favourite place in the world could only mean that this was going to be a very enjoyable read, which it was.
Basically, this is a book based on the Mr Monk tv series where we find our severely phobic and reluctant hero, surreptitiously following his some what put upon assistant Natalie, as she attempts to go to Hawaii where her friend is getting married, and has generously paid for Natalie to fly out and stay on the island of Kauaii.
Once there Mr Monk isn't immediately feeling the aloha spirit of the island the way Natalie and most visitors do, but once the inevitable bodies start appearing things reverse. Poor Natalie is then obliged to put aside her sight seeing and sun bathing to assist her boss, by going along to crime scenes and carrying the habitual wipes, while Mr Monk is in his element.
Chaos and endless fun ensue. I loved this book and would recommend it to Monk fans, or anyone who wants a light murder mystery with a few chuckles thrown in.
Although there are a lot of references to Mr Monk rearranging stuff in shops, and teaching hotel staff how to fold towels, it didn't grate too much. I think anymore emphasis on this would have been over the top, but having watched nearly all of the seasons of Mr Monk around three times, as I bought the dvds, I was able to visualise the characters very well, and wish these could be tv episodes too. The peripheral characters are also so well described, I loved detective Kealoha and the hotel manager especially, and felt the pain of the poor store owners where Mr Monk went for his Hawaiian 'fun'.
However, even if you have never seen the show this is a fun read, which I finished in a couple of days, and am now trying to restrain myself from down loading all the remaining novels to my kindle.
on 8 November 2010
As a huge Monk fan i thought i might try this as a holiday read and i wasn't dissapointed. It is true to the character of Adrian Monk and the story is as quirky as the TV show. It was a great story with a twist in the end as per the TV show. I have since read other Monk novels and i would reccomend them to Monk fans.
on 29 November 2006
This is the best book you can by you think you know what's going to happen and it surprises you at every corner, I could never put it down. Buy this and the others there the best books and not only are surprising but funny