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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Firehouse,
This review is from: Mr Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Mass Market Paperback)'Mr Monk Goes to the Firehouse' is the first in the new series of books based on the show "Monk", written by Lee Goldberg who has also written episodes for the TV series.
The story begins when Adrian Monk is forced to stay with his assistant and personal nurse, Natalie and her daughter Julie, for a while whilst his home is being fumigated for termites. Monk is then hired by Julie to investigate the murder of the local fire station's dog, Sparky, who has been killed by a pick-axe.
The investigation of the dog's murder links to another murder from the same night, this time an old lady who has been smothered to death by a pillow and then has her house burnt down. With the help of Natalie, Captain Stottlemyer and Lieutenant Disher, Monk solves the crimes fairly quickly but he then has to prove how the killer did it.
Anyone who has seen and loves the TV show will appreciate the comedy of Monk's character and will easily be able to picture the hilarious situations he gets himself into in this book and it will have you literally laughing out loud (I did on a number of occasions). The book is written from the perspective of Monk's assistant Natalie, rather than the detective himself (like in Sherlock Holmes), which is a clever way of describing Monk's obsessions and phobias, as if this was written from Monk's perspective instead he wouldn't see anything wrong with his unusual behaviour and would probably be ignored.
Overall this is an absolutely hilarious whodunnit with all of the charm of the show and it's characters captured perfectly by Goldberg and is most certainly worthy of the TV show that fans should enjoy without a doubt. I look forward to reading the rest of the Monk series.