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Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii (Mr. Monk #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,912 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 5th 2006 by Signet (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 23, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing
This is the second Monk book I have read and, again, I enjoyed it.

The premise is that Natalie, Monk's assistant, is invited to Hawaii to participate in a girlfriends wedding. But Monk has to tag along and quickly involves them in the investigation. Not only that, but Dylan Swift, the famous psychic is a near-permanent guest at their hotel and claims to have a message from the beyond for them both. Monk doubts his credibility and goes about proving it and solving the murder.

I particularly enjoyed
Apr 05, 2016 Jaret rated it really liked it
This was a fun episode in the Adrian Monk series. Natalie goes on vacation to Hawaii to see her best friend and thinks she's leaving Monk behind. Until, she sees him on the plane and found out he took an anti-OCD pill and followed her. Of course, trouble followed him. It was fun reading about him experiencing Hawaiian traditions such as luaus. I especially enjoyed him tangling with the TV psychic. Definitely not serious reading, but a fun "brain break" for sure.
Sep 15, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it
An extra episode of Monk in book form. I could have done without the wedding thing. I know it's what got them to Hawaii, but it's so similar to what happened to Natalie's brother, it was more annoying than anything. As far as Content goes, there were a few minor references and the murder does partially have to do with adultery, but it's not really anything more than what's on the show (and certainly no worse than the playboy episode). So while it did make me slightly uncomfortable, it wasn't any ...more
Apr 13, 2008 Trebro rated it liked it
I am a big fan of the cable show, Monk, starring Tony Shalub as an obsessive-compulsive detective that uses his obsession over details to solve crimes, with the help of a much-suffering female assistant.

Quite by accident, I discovered that they're now writing Monk novels. I was a bit nervous, because the Law and Order novel was absolutely awful. Still, it was worth a shot...

I have to say, I was very impressed. From the opening murder to the drugged Monk on an airplane to his various reactions to
Sep 05, 2009 Debra rated it liked it

Adrian Monk is out of his element. Unable to accept his assistant, Natalie’s departure for a vacation in Hawaii, he follows her to Kauai. Natalie is horrified for good reason. Traveling with the obsessive compulsive Monk is a nightmare, and her hope for a peaceful vacation evaporates completely when a woman is murdered at their hotel. Inevitably, Monk is on the case with the unwanted help of a famous TV psychic.

Fans of the TV show will know what to expect from a Monk novel: an amazing character
Oct 28, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it
Funny how when I read this, I couldn't get Tony Shalhoub's face out of my head.

As unpretentious as its televised namesake, this Monk "adventure" had all the elements we fans have come to know and love -- the OCD, the hand wipes, the myriad neuroses. Plus, it's just plain well-written; you can tell by the writing that Lee Goldberg had an affinity for this character and cares about him a great deal.

There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. More importantly, it kept me turning the
Steve B
Jun 27, 2016 Steve B rated it did not like it
This is the third book I've read in Lee Goldberg's Monk series. I was disappointed. In the course of the book, Monk deals with three murders. He accused three people of murder. Only one of those accusations is likely to result in a conviction.

In the first murder, a surgeon was poisoned while performing heart surgery on his ex-girlfriend. Having decided, incorrectly, that no one could have acted during the operation to poison the doctor, Monk works out a plan by which the patient, a nurse at the
Jul 03, 2014 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie is going to Hawaii for a week to be a bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding. She tells Monk that she'll be gone for a week and has gotten someone to replace her until she gets back.

It seemed that Monk accepted it until Natalie was on her flight to Hawaii and guess who was there? Monk (or The Monk and Chad, as he was calling himself).

Turns out that Monk took a pill that made him the complete opposite of how he usually is. And now Natalie is stuck with him for a week when she was hoping
Jan 25, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
The Monk tv series is very amusing...a bit more amusing than the books. Watching Monk's compulsive behaviors isn't as painful as reading about them! These books are written from Natalie's point of view, and I find the mystery rather easier to figure out in the books than on the tv (more time to mull over the clues, plus the mysteries are very formulaic). Not a bad read; interesting characters, non-standard behaviors, good summertime fare.
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Aug 18, 2016 Boredom Books rated it it was ok
I think I can say with certainty that this book wasn't as good as the first...but that's not saying much. The first book wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but it was written fluently enough to make sense...much like an actual episode of the TV show. This book went the opposite direction. It didn't introduce a crime until a quarter through, was filled with Hawaiian dialects that were an annoyance, and they first solved the crime at 75% After that, they danced around and created a lot of filler before ...more
Apr 09, 2010 Steph rated it it was ok
I thought I would love this because I love, love the show. But I didn't. Now, partly I was frustrated because the cd I was listening to was scratched so I kept having to skip things, but honestly, I wouldn't have liked it anyway - I didn't even finish it. There were just dumb jokes in there that didn't need to be, and I just kept wishing they would solve it so I could be done. I'd rather read an Agatha Christie.
Oct 27, 2014 George rated it liked it
#2 in the mystery book series of the TV series character Adrian Monk. Monk's assistant, Natalie Teeger, serves as the story's narrator.

Natalie is invited to stay a week on the island of Kaua'i to be the maid of honor at a friend's wedding. She tells Monk at the last minute she'll be going which upsets him. She wants a vacation from him. Much to her surprise, Monk is aboard the plane and will spending the week with her. He then becomes involved in a murder case at their hotel, with a high profile
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
I actually read this book while visiting my sister in Hawaii nearly 2 years ago. It was a lot of fun (both the trip and the book, which I read while my toddler napped). I enjoy how Goldberg includes Hawaiian terms and facts about the islands into the story.
Aug 01, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
I loved the Monk TV series, and when I found this book at a library book sale, I decided to give it a try. It's written by one of the authors for the series and is very true to the TV show. Obsessive-compulsive genius detective Adrian Monk goes to Hawaii with his long-suffering assistant, Natalie, who is attending a wedding there. When a guest at a resort is murdered, Monk solves the case in between teaching the hotel maids how to fold towels properly and obsessing about the extra Toblerone in h ...more
Cathy Cramer
I did enjoy the imagry of Hawaii in this book, and the descriptions of travel experiences. The gecko incident was funny. Although this book definitely had its funny moments, I still prefer "Mr. Monk Goes to Germany." "Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii" is not as funny, or morally clean, and one reason that I liked to watch the series is that it is usually fairly morally clean, one of the "safer" things for my eleven-year-old to watch on TV. A body in this book had been disfigured too grotesquely for me to ...more
Newcomers perhaps should watch some of the tv episodes first to get some of the background; certain nuances will make more sense that way. Fans of the tv show, however, will love this book. Goldberg does a good job with the plot and characterizations. However, the frequency of sexual topics was unnecessary, and out of character for Natalie. The problem is evidently Goldberg's, since I noted the same thing in the first of his "Columbo" novels (which I did not finish for that reason). Four stars; ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I embarked on the second book soon after reading the first. In this one, Natalie decamps for Hawaii to attend a wedding, only to discover that her employer, the severely OCD detective Adrian Monk, is so afraid of dealing with life on his own that he's taken a drug in order to bear flying. The said drug not only makes his OCD disappear (and with it, his ability to solve murders) but loosens his inhibitions about germs and everything else to an astonishing degree. Of course, he can't bear to be li ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
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Mark Baker
Mar 19, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2006
Natalie is heading to Hawaii for a friend's wedding, but unfortunately Monk tags along. When a wedding guest is murdered, Monk finds some flaws in the crime scene. Will the new horrors of the island distract him from solving the case? There are some distractions to the main mystery, but they are entertaining. This is another great read for fans of the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jenn M
Jan 15, 2015 Jenn M rated it liked it
The Monk detective books are quick, fun reads, belonging to the "light" cozy-mystery genre, even though Monk was once a Los Angeles Police Department detective. The main character Adrian Monk, for whom the series is named, is obsessive-compulsive and rigid in manner and demeanor. But, that is what makes these stories so much fun; and believe me, Mr. Monk, we are laughing with you, not at you, if only you would laugh at yourself, too.

In this sequel to Mr. Monk Goes to the Fire Department, Mr. Mon
CJ Scurria
Feb 24, 2016 CJ Scurria rated it liked it
Shelves: revisited
Natalie Teeger an overworked assistant decides to go away for a long-awaited vacation. She soon discovers that Monk, the boss she is trying to "get away" from finds a way to travel with her. As if his company wasn't enough to deter her time to relax and soak in the sun a murder investigation manages to find its way into Monk's lap. Her days in Hawaii go by to her annoyance as the mystery slowly unfolds. Will they find any good leisure time or is the death that has the entire police station's hea ...more
Laura Cushing
Apr 26, 2011 Laura Cushing rated it liked it
I would have given this four stars like the other Monk books I have read, but I didn't care for a lot of the minor characters presented in the book. They were too two-dimensional - I realize that it is a mystery book and a lot of them were only relevant as plot devices and foils, but they still could have used a bit more filling out. Lieutenant Ben Keoloha 's Hawaiian dialect was typed out in a very annoying to read fashion - it was hard to make out what he was saying at any given point. That be ...more
Dec 27, 2010 winda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Meskipun movel ini termasuk kedalam novel misteri, namun tidak terkesan angker dan serem... Malah lucu! Hal ini karena Monk, tokoh detektif yang mempunyai sifat obsesif kompulsif. KIsah bermula ketika asisten Monk mengajukan cuti karena menjadi pendamping sahabatnya yang akan menikah di Hawai. Berkat sebuah obat yang diresepkan oleh dokternya Monk berani untuk mengikuti asistennya ke Hawai. Dan ketika pengaruh obatnya habis, Monk menjadi MOnk yang aneh namun memiliki insting detektif yang luar b ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
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Phil Giunta
Aug 25, 2012 Phil Giunta rated it it was amazing
I always wanted to see a follow up story where Detective Adrian Monk takes the "cool pill" prescribed by Dr. Kroger in the televised episode "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine". I found it hilarious and at the same time, very poignant and touching to observe what happens when the pill's effects wear off and Monk returns to his life of OCD and social paranoia. I was curious to see how differently Natalie would handle the situation as opposed to Sharona, Monk's former assistant/nurse.

I was not disappoi
Lauren Suarez
Jun 10, 2014 Lauren Suarez rated it really liked it
This was my first book in the Monk Series and I really enjoyed it! I wanted to read it since it took place in Hawaii and I love reading Hawaii books. This takes place in Kaua'i at a resort - but ultimately Monk and Natalie make their way around the whole island. Fun story, interesting characters and a good introduction to the Monk Series.

This actually got me to watch the series on television!
Mar 05, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-read, mysteries
This is my favorite of the Goldberg "Monk" series (I'd read the book twice before), so I was thrilled when this one was added to Audible for downloading, and read by Laura Hicks, no less (the same reader who did the audiobook for "Mr. Monk is Miserable"). She did just as good a job with this one as she did with "Miserable," although I found myself slightly less enchanted (this may just be because I knew the story backwards and forwards, however, whereas "Miserable" was completely new). But liste ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Nadya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Monk bikin ulah lagi. Tentunya itu kata Natalie Teeger, sang asisten detektif obsesif-kompulsif itu. Mengacaukan pesta perkawinan sahabat Nat yang diadakan di Hawaii yang notabene adalah liburan bagi Natalie sendiri; memecahkan 2 kasus pembunuhan (yang satu disebabkan oleh kelapa dan yang satu berhubungan dengan Luau); membuat heboh satuan kepolisian Hawaii; dicoret dari tempat penyewaan mobil; dilarang menaiki pesawat maskapai penerbangan Hawaii; memecahkan kasus pencurian rumah-rumah mewah ...more
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Mar 23, 2015 Deane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A very light read....a rather charming and fun mystery set in Hawaii. Monk is compulsive obsessive and his assistant, Natalie's descriptions of what helps Monk cope with life are comical and at the same time irritating. Love the way Monk solves the mystery and his acute observation of things around him.
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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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“I found Monk at the kitchen table, where he was carefully folding in half a letter that was covered with his typewriter-perfect handwriting. He stuck it in his inside coat pocket. “Good morning, Natalie. Did you sleep well?” “Like I was hibernating,” I said. “You?” “I wrote a letter,” Monk said. It took him twenty minutes to sign his name on a credit card receipt, so I had no doubt it took him most of the night to write an entire letter. “To whom?” “Captain Stottlemeyer,” Monk said. “That’s nice,” I said. “I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.” “I’d like to stop and get it notarized on our way to breakfast,” he said. “You think they have a notary on staff?” “I don’t know,” I said. “But I’m sure a stamp” 0 likes
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