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Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu
Lee Goldberg
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Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu (Mr. Monk #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,643 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Monk is horrified when he learns there's going to be a blue flu in San Francisco - until Capt. Stottlemeyer explains that it just means the police plan to call in "sick" until they get a better contract.The good news is the labor dispute will give Monk a chance to get back on the force. The bad news is it means he'll be a "scab" - and he doesn't like the sound of that eith ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published 2007 by Signet/NAL
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Let me start by saying I find Goldberg's Monk books to be a little like updated Agatha Christie's. They are quick, fun mysteries that are almost always readable in a day. They sweep you along, and while not too deep, they give you the clues you need to solve right along with Monk, Marple, Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence, etc.

This was no exception to the fun, but I found it familiar. While I'd like to feel good about solving the main mystery very early, I think it may have actually been a television
Adam Graham
Mar 21, 2011 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently, I'm up to Episode 10 of Season 7 of Monk on the Netflix Instant Watch, which means I'm pretty close to the end of the series. How do you get more Monk if eight years wasn't enough? One thing that occurred to me is reading the Monk novels by Lee Goldberg (or more to the point, listening to the book through Audible). While I could have started with the first Monk novel, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, I decided to skip that one as it was adapted to a Season 5 episode and opt for a novel ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 06, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fortunately for me just about all of our children have watched the Mr. Monk television series with us. I mention that because the novels written by Lee Goldberg (just as a side note, please go to Lee Goldberg’s website and read his bio, hilarious) are excellent novels for a few reasons. One, they are a great read on the beach or at poolside, two, even without the show they are an excellent read by themselves, and last but not least, there are now nine in the series and they are easy to share and ...more
Stephanie Holmes
Apr 27, 2008 Stephanie Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the Monk TV show or mysteries
Recommended to Stephanie by: the lady at the bookstore
I love the Monk books as much as I love the TV show. Mr. Monk is a detective who the San Francisco police department call in when they have a very difficult case. In this book, just as they are starting to investigate a murder, the police department gets the "blue flu", because of contract negotiation are not going the way they want them to. The Mayor tells Monk he could get back on the force if he helps with the case.

There is a serial killer who strangles women while they are jogging and takes
Jul 14, 2012 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reads

Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu is book three in Lee Goldberg's Monk series. In this book Monk is tasked with taking over homicide when the SFPD catch the Blue Flu when negotiations break down between the union and the city. A lot of officers call in "sick" in protest. So the mayor assembles a rag tag bunch of either ousted or retired cops lead by Monk to deal with homicides in San Francisco. This story is where Goldberg's comedy shines. The characters under Monk's command are quirky and really set th
Joshua Anadu
Apr 08, 2011 Joshua Anadu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr.Monk and the Blue Flu; by Lee Goldberg is a book about Monk. Monk has OCD. When the police force goes on strike Monk gets his job back. His team is a bunch of psycho, demented freaks. When stopping a serial killer and a string of murders is on the line. Can Monk pull his squad together and stop this madness. This book hooks you and keeps you guessing until the culprit is revealed.
I like this book because it gives you a thought and slowly reveals it giving you possible theories. It gives you
Aug 25, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of the TV show, it's great to have these books. I miss Monk.
Andrea Ika
Feb 11, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review: Mr.Monk and the Blue Flu

Lee Goldberg

Original Language: English
Publisher: Signet
Country: USA
Publication Date: January 2007
ISBN: 9780451220134
Page Count: 286
My rating :4 stars

Monk is horrified when he learns there's going to be a blue flu in San Francisco-until Capt. Stottlemeyer explains that it just means the police plan to call in "sick" until they get a better contract.The good news is the labor dispute will give Monk a chance to get back on the force.The bad news is it means
Jul 23, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Title: Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu
Author: Lee Goldberg
Genre: Mystery/Comedy
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Format: Book on CD

I snagged this book on CD at the library because I'm a fan of the Monk TV show. I have to cut it some slack because a book based on a TV show isn't going to be what you'd call literary art. It barely qualifies as a book. It's more like a script for a screenplay.

On the one hand, the book was pretty close to the TV character brilliantly played by Tony Shalhoub. However, the book character w
So far this is my least favorite of the Monk novelisations. When the police - forbidden to take strike action - all go down with a case of 'blue flu', the Mayor gives Monk his badge and makes him captain. Also recruited are a group of madcap misfits from a trigger happy cop to one who is convinced the aliens are out to get her. Each has their own 'helper' much as Monk has Natalie. They make our Obsessive Compulsive Detective seem almost normal by comparison. Which I guess is part of the point.
Cathy Cramer
I found it harder to get into this book because the other scab detectives were so very strange, even more strange than Monk. Once I did get into the book, I found it did have some humor, both in those characters and in the situation. I still prefer "Mr. Monk Goes to Germany." "Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu" 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. I w ...more
Oct 28, 2014 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the book mysteries based upon the TV character detective Adrian Monk. Set in San Francisco, the police call in sick because of a breakdown in their negotiations with the city and the mayor reinstates Monk into the police force to solve a series of murders. Monk is made a captain, heads the department and is given a reinstated ragtag group of detectives to work with. Each of them has a problem: developing senility, anger and conspiracies everywhere. They are now responsible for solving the ...more
Jeanette Johnson
I don't say this often, but the tv version was better... Tony Shaloub's panache is missing and focusing on Natalie's POV waters down the plot for me.
May 06, 2015 Chantel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on the USA Network Television Series Created by Andy Breckman. Narrated by Angela Brazil. 6 sound discs (7 hr., 6 min.) Adrian Monk is horrified when he learns there's going to be a blue flu in San Francisco. He doesn't understand what the blue flu is--but it sounds terrible. Captain Stottlemeyer explains that it's not really a virus: the police force plan to call in "sick" until they get a better contract. The good news is that the labor dispute will give Monk a chance to get back on the ...more
Phoebe Phelange
Jun 29, 2015 Phoebe Phelange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is one of the best mystery books I've ever read! Unlike the Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie crime novels, this was quirky, fun and light. I'm not saying I don't like reading Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, I'm just saying that this is more 21st Century and Monk's personality is so likeable. Also, there were a few murder cases to be solved which all linked into one another which was very exciting because it had so many plot twists! I just feel like one murder case is never enough to ...more
Joel Gomes
Feb 21, 2012 Joel Gomes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A história de "Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu" poderia ter sido um óptimo episódio da série. Não foi. Em vez disso é um óptimo livro que se mantém fiel ao espírito do personagem. O número de caracteres por linha é igual em todas as linhas, assim como o número de linhas por página.

Bom, na verdade, o livro não está assim tão organizadinho como o protagonista gostaria. Todavia, a história está bem contada, tem ritmo e tem piada. Confesso que tinha algumas hesitações sobre se uma adaptação do personagem
Mar 16, 2009 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I'd read this once before, but I was in such a hurry to finish it (both because I was so eager to see how the mystery would turn out, and because I wanted desperately to get to the next book in the series, which featured the return of Sharona), I had forgotten much of it. I enjoyed it all the more my second go round because I was taking my time with it -- and I fully appreciated the eclectic characters on Monk's new team of detectives this time. (Chow is my favorite; she's wonderful.) Monk getti ...more
Laura Cushing
May 25, 2011 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a 'blue flu' hits the San Fransisco police department during contract negotiations, Mr. Monk becomes acting chief of homicide. To make up for the lack of officers, some other folks who lost their badges are hired back on too. Monk winds up with a defective detective squad. There's a senile old man, a paranoid lady who wears a tin foil helmet, and a guy who just likes to shoot things a little too much. Best of all, they each have their own assistant! Natalie thinks they should form a support ...more
Phil Giunta
Jul 13, 2011 Phil Giunta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think the plethora of phobias plaguing detective Adrian Monk is insufferable, wait until he is reinstated to the San Francisco Police Department as acting captain of homicide. When the Blue Flu strikes the SFPD, including Captain Leland Stottlemeyer and Lt. Randy Disher, the mayor reinstates Monk along with three other former detectives, each with their own mental issues....and assistants. Much to the chagrin of Stottlemeyer, Monk happily accepts the job of commanding the "scabs", and del ...more
I miss Adrian Monk. The "Monk" t.v. show I mean. I watched the entire series straight through in chronological order (with one exception; forgive me, Adrian) and was very sad when it was over. So, THANK GOODNESS for the Monk novel series! Fans, if you haven't tried these books, you will love them. Other than several sexual innuendo references (please, Mr. Goldberg, enough already), this book was a delightfully fun read and very true to the t.v. show. I will certainly be reading more of these. An ...more
Monk masih selucu biasanya...
tapi buku ini agak2 lebih nge-dragging dari biasanya...entah terjemahannya yang cenderung 'biasa' aja, atau memang di buku ini pengarangny lagi 'enggak niat'? hahaha...

anyway, kali ini Monk mendapat jabatan sebagai kepala polisi, dan musti mengomandoi personil berupa tiga orang detektif 'edan' (satu punya masalah anger management; cenderung menendang/memukul/menembak/meledakkan hal-hal yang membuatnya kesal, satu paranoid; mengira dunia ini diawasi suatu organisasi p
Mark Baker
Mar 03, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2007
The third in the tie-in series finds Monk filling in as homicide captain while the department is on strike. Yet his "team" is worse off then he is. Good mystery with some very funny scenes. Recommended either way, but most definitely recommended for fans of the TV show.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Lee Houston,
Feb 12, 2013 Lee Houston, rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first ten books in the Monk novel series were written in conjunction with the TV series while it was still in production.
Monk winds up (temporarily) being a detective again when the union decides to hold a walk out for a better contract. Multiple incidents and a staff that in some cases are even worse than him give Monk major problems, but it all comes together by the last page.
Lee Goldberg has done a commendable job capturing the flavor and voice(s) of the series. The ending has a classic "
Sep 07, 2014 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
episod kali ini eh.. buku kali ini kocak bener.. semua tampak sakit jiwa :D
dan narator nya juga jadi agak miring.. dan mentang2 asisten kepala polisi, dia ngebut aja.. berasa nggak akan ditilang :p pas ditilang, marah2 menuduhkan konspirasi.. :DD buku bagus untuk bersantai ehh..
Oct 03, 2009 Afsana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I njoyed the book and thought it was enjoyable

It is about how Mr Monk gets to run a police department with 3 ex detectives who have all got issues-anger managment, paranoi etc while the cops are on strike - (all ill as police are not allowed to strike!!)

What I found was fustrating was the fact that everyone else was allowed a gun (the parnoid, teh angermanment etc) all who were an actual danger to others but monk who is supposed to be the captain and also who hasn't got violent tendencies and wo
Eva Wilson delawrence
Since Stottlemeyer and Disher were out 'with the flu' through most of this book, I didn't think I would like it as much as the others but I was wrong and found myself warming up to the new characters so much so i look forward to seeing them in other Monk adventures! Great job!
Mar 01, 2012 Klava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I actually enjoyed this book - it seems very close in spirit to the USA show that I love and miss ever since it went off the air. The Monk books are written from the point of view of Natalie Tigger, the long-suffering assistant who enables Mr. Monk to be the genius detective that he is.

The Blue Flu referred to in the title of the book is the illegal walk out of the LAPD during their union's contract negotiations with the city government, a situation that allows Mr. Monk to become a police detec
Jun 28, 2015 Zana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first I really hated this book...the writing was terrible and it made Monk seem crazy...having OCD is a mental illness, not a joke like the book portrayed it...however, I started to like the story so even with the terrible writing, it wasn't all bad. The author's blurb said that Lee Goldberg also wrote for the television series and I think this is his major problem - what comes off as funny on television doesn't always seem the same in a book....he is probably just not a good novelist but a p ...more
Apr 23, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a funny book. Monk was asked to take over the detective squad as commander after the regular officers staged a blue flu in a plan for the officers to get a better contract with the city. The bad news is that makes Monk a scab, and he doesn't like the sound of that. But he has his badge back. So does "Mad Jack" a violent sociopath, paranoid schizophrenic, and a senile old man, all former offers who had also been asked to come back. So they pull together to catch an astrologers killer, cl ...more
3 seems harsh for anything Monk. Yet the other Monk novels have gotten 4 stars from me (they're quick, fun reads, but just not quite the same as the show), and this one is just a notch below them.

It had fewer laugh out loud moments, and a too-large cast of temporarily reinstated former cops and their assistants (the paranoid/senile/quick-tempered versions of Monk and their Natalies). Most never had enough "screen time" to achieve more than 2D status. Most of all, there are 2 separate serial kill
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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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Mr. Monk (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii (Mr. Monk, #2)
  • Mr. Monk and The Two Assistants (Mr. Monk, #4)
  • Mr. Monk in Outer Space (Mr. Monk, #5)
  • Mr. Monk Goes to Germany (Mr. Monk, #6)
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