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Mr. Monk on the Couch (Mr. Monk #12)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  637 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Monk is back in the twelfth book based on the incredibly popular USA Network series.

Three strangers, each a murder victim: a security guard, a struggling student, and a beautiful woman. They have something more in common than death and Monk can't believe what it is-a couch. Before you find out why, you'd better sit down.
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by NAL
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Giovanni Gelati
Jun 16, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Monk is rolling! Yes this is like reading what happens to a caged animal that gets loose or let out of his pen. With nothing to hang around his neck, and the weight of the show and the television season gone, Lee Goldberg takes the characters to new heights. We get to finally see what the man can do with a set of characters on the open highway. I personally love it. Think about it, what can the man do with Monk? The guy keeps himself in a box and is the central character, and personally I don’t ...more
Feb 09, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed
Lee Goldberg really hits his stride with his 12th novel of this wonderful series based on the fantastic defective detective.

This particular book takes place after the television series finale-- so Randy is a missing character.

So why is this one so very, very good.

First, Goldberg sticks with one big mystery rather than a series of hysterically funny Monk Vignettes. Okay, Natalie has a mystery of her own she is working on, but some of the other Monk books are really little more than a series of v
Jeff Grosser
Nov 28, 2014 Jeff Grosser rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Monk, the TV series and books, but I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed in this one. Having read all the prior books in the series, I did not feel that this one lived up to Monk's standards. Being the second book since the TV series ended, it was a perfect time to expand on Monk's character by expanding his relationships and maybe allow Trudy's daughter Molly to become a bigger part of his life. Instead, Goldberg focused in on Natalie's struggles with whether or not she ...more
David Monroe
The second of Goldberg's MONK books since the series finale. In the previous book he introduced two new characters into the MONK-verse, Disher's replacement and a new Assistant for Monk's brother Mycro er, uhm... Ambrose. It was one of the better MONK books and carried the series finale to a logical conclusion. In this one, Monk is no longer "more balanced." He seems to be as bad or worse than he was before the final season. Part of this is explained that he is horrified by something, but I kept ...more
Phil Giunta
Jul 22, 2015 Phil Giunta rated it liked it
While investigating a death in a cheap motel, our favorite obsessive-compulsive detective becomes enamored with the crime scene cleanup crew and volunteers to assist them on their next job. Monk does not need to wait long as a series of bizarre murders begins, seemingly centered around a thrift store couch.

Meanwhile, Monk's assistant, Natalie Teeger, decides to put her own investigative skills to the test as she delves into the identity and background of the John Doe from the motel, who died of
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Laura Cushing
Mar 11, 2012 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, monk lovers
Lee Goldberg's done it again with another intriguing Monk mystery. I loved the character development in this one - Natalie is really starting to shine as a detective in her own right. She's picked up a lot of skills through her working with Mr.Monk. And Ambrose, Mr. Monk's brother, makes a surprising leap into new territory for him.

The book's primary mystery has to do with a group of murders that are seemingly unconnected at first, but later it is discovered that they all revolve around a partic
Spencer Brokaw
Nov 18, 2011 Spencer Brokaw rated it it was amazing
I recently read a great mystery novel based on the USA network TV show, Monk. The author grasped all of the characters, and the new characters like Amy Devlin were great. I am a HUGE, Monk fan, I watched all of the 126 episodes in a little more than a couple months. I always enjoyed the sarcastic humor, and the writer of this novel grasped it all. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, feeling that the Walter O'Quinn case was a nice add on. From what I understand, the rest of the series isn't written ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it
Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie Teeger are likable characters, and because Lee Goldberg has written for Monk's eponymous TV series, he knows them well. Goldberg's experience bequeaths to us an affectionate thriller. I liked the book a lot. The only drawback to "Mr. Monk on the Couch" is that I had figured out who one of the two killers was by the time Mr. Monk got around to divulging that killer's identity to Natalie.

Natalie is the person telling this story, so it's safe to say that Lee G
Kay Iscah
Aug 03, 2012 Kay Iscah rated it liked it
I think I might like Yuki if she had been introduced properly. Maybe. But down in my little heart of hearts, I've long been a Natalie/Ambrose shipper. Not actively, but just with an ongoing "Wouldn't that be sweet" thought. It just kind of seemed like a natural progression, particularly after the last couple books. They were bonding.

And then in drops Yuki. No build up. She's hot and Ambrose is lonely, and it makes Monk uncomfortable...sorry Mr. Goldberg I wanted a little more than that. The rela
Mar 01, 2016 Janice rated it liked it
This book takes place after the final episode of the TV series. Goldberg quickly wraps up the TV ending through Natalie to start the book. Not sure why, but this story wasn't a favorite. Maybe because I'd just read MR. MONK ON THE ROAD and absolutely loved it, so this one was a let down.....? Able to know what's what early on. I liked Natalie having a 'need to do this' part. Hope the next one is better because I really miss the show and have loved Goldberg's take on the written stories.
Jun 25, 2011 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
As much as I've enjoyed reading the "Monk" book series, this most recent one is only getting 2 stars. This is the second book that Goldberg has put out since the end of the tv show series. The first one I liked, although the loss of Disher was kind of a bummer. I liked Devlin, Disher's replacement, by the end of this book though. What I didn't like was the addition of Ambrose's (live-in) assistant and all the skankiness that included. This book seemed to be even more about Natalie than the other ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
With help from Monk's agoraphobic brother, his loyal assistant Natalie tackles her own investigation while Adrian Monk tracks a second-hand couch that seems tied to a series of murders. Following a bloody trail, Natalie and Monk soon end up face-to-face with the most ruthless killer they've ever encountered.

It is good to see Natalie coming out from Monk's shadow and shining in her own right.
She has really grown over the course of the stories.
Dec 13, 2011 Georgette rated it liked it
Monk is, as usual, involved in several different cases at once. Ultimately, the case of the female tortured and duct taped to her coffee table before being murdered- is the one that dominates the book. Natalie, Monk's assistant, is appalled that he and Stottlemeyer treat one of the cold cases as if it's been solved- she's insistent that it's not closed completely, and so she sets off on some detective work of her own. Monk gets in chummy with the crime scene cleaners, and match-makes Natalie wit ...more
There were a number of murders in this book, even higher than the average counts in the series. The mysteries were okay, a tad boring actually because the murders were solved quite fast. The only thing holding them from arresting the killers was the lack of evidence against them.

The majority of this novel was spent on Monk being a matchmaker for Natalie and the crime scene cleaning guy while she tried to solve her first case. There was a surprise for Monk too when he discovered that Ambrose had
Randy Jorgensen
Fun to see Natalie feeling her oats as a detective.

I enjoyed Natalie's story in this book. She is realizing that she too has some skill as a detective, at least as far as dead people go. Her love life... not so much!
Mar 06, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing
I miss watching Mr. Monk each week. I'm glad that Lee Goldberg continues to write Mr. Monk novels. They read very much like an episode of Monk, which I really liked a lot! This one did not disappoint me in the least.
Jun 10, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
Natalie has picked up a lot of knowledge as Monk's assistance and wonders if she could ever be a detective. She gets her chance when a man is found dead of natural causes, cancer, and Monk and Stottlemeyer have no interest. He has a false identity and a few personal possessions and some old photographs of a much younger time with him , a woman, and a little girl.

At the same time, Monk and the homicide team are investigating a series of murders in the neighborhood that are tied in with a cheap co
Apr 24, 2012 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Not at all surprisingly, Goldberg delivered yet again. It seems the man can't write a bad book--which is fine with me.

This book is more about Natalie than usual, about her growth as an investigator--spurred by her work with Monk. As such, it's probably one of the more emotionally satisfying of this long series. We also get some good development of the new lieutenant brought in by Goldberg to replace Lt. Disher following the TV series' finale.

I can't think of much to say about this that doesn't
Ayu Ikhwani
Apr 14, 2014 Ayu Ikhwani rated it really liked it
As always, I love the books in the Monk series. Easy reading yet not too easy that you'd get bored within the first few pages. The change I love was that Natalie is trying her hand in being a detective, having being witness to Monk's crime-solving through the years. You also get to see a different side of Ambrose that you would've never guessed =D
Mar 29, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Clever, very funny and so nice to spend time with the characters from one of my favorite shows.
Sep 19, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it
I'm so sad that this is the last published book for now. Finding this series was a nice treat after this show went off the air, and I hope there are plenty more to come!

Since this book takes place after Trudy's murder is solved and the show is over, it was at first weird to see Monk not obsessing over the one case he could never solve. I was also very much missing Disher and his hilarious "solutions" to murders! But the new lieutenant is starting to grow on me, and I like that Natalie has come
Victoria Kator
Apr 05, 2016 Victoria Kator rated it liked it
funny Monk, good mystery. quick read.
Larry K
Mar 31, 2016 Larry K rated it liked it
I liked the show. Fun read.
Jan 27, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Natalie take a lead role as a detective in her own right, but I disagree with those who felt that Monk was left out. Monk was still the center of the book and had plenty of opportunity to be Monk. He had a number of laugh out loud funny moments and the storyline was very well done. Lee Goldberg's writing is excellent and each book in the series seems to get better and better. I would recommend this book to any fan of Monk or to anyone looking for a ...more
Joe Canas
Jul 23, 2014 Joe Canas rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Jun 01, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Another thoroughly fun and engrossing Monk mystery. This one takes place after the series ends. Natalie is once again the voice of reason while Monk investigates three linked murders. Meanwhile, she launches an investigation of her own, to discover the identity of a John Doe found dead of natural causes in a cheap hotel room. Laughs and suspense abound as Monk and Natlie try to solve the respective mysteries and to get along with Lt. Amy Disher, a new member of the homicide team.
Kevin Halter
Jan 12, 2012 Kevin Halter rated it really liked it
Mr. Goldberg has told another good tale featuring everyone's favorite obsessive compulsive detective. This time around Mr. Monk is trying to solve several cases and is distracted by the crime scene clean-up crew. Natalie, Mr Monk's assistant, tackles a case of her own.
This was an enjoyable read that took me less than a day to finish.
It's nice to see that even though the tv series has come to an end that the novels will continue in the capable hands of Mr Goldberg.
Jimmy Mcphink
Rated 7.25 out of 10. I normally love these Monk books but there have been a few that were good but not up to the Monk standard. This was one such book. I felt the same way about the back to back books Mr. Monk goes to Germany and Mr. Monk is Miserable. It is worth reading but not that great. I did not care for the outside characters at all. The new detective Devlin was just mean and not in a charming way. Nothing great about this book.
Jan 25, 2013 Cyl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries & Monk.
Recommended to Cyl by: A fan of the series.
This was another good book to read.

Monk's world seems shattered as he learns his brother, Ambrose, has allowed a woman to move
in with him.

Natalie tries her had at solving the mystery of an unknown man found dead in an apartment.
Though he died of natural causes she wants to know what brought him there to die in a run-down
apartment holding an old photograph of a child & woman.

And there are murders going on, too.
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New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job), "The ...more
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"Of course it does," I said. "It's what you feel when you're not sad."

"That's unconsciousness. And I'm pretty sure that I'm miserable when I am unconscious, too.”
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