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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Mr. Monk #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,725 ratings  ·  175 reviews

The brand-new mystery series starring the brilliant, beloved, and slightly off-balance sleuth from the USA Network's hit show!

Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. Unfortunately, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order.


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Published March 3rd 2009 by BBC Audiobooks America (first published January 2006)
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Asteropê They're stand-alone. Each is its own case that's started and finished within the book. You can also read these out of order and skip around. Knowing…moreThey're stand-alone. Each is its own case that's started and finished within the book. You can also read these out of order and skip around. Knowing the characters from the show adds to the enjoyment as it makes things easier to picture and you can get Monk's issues and personality, but I think even if you didn't watch the show you can still get a measure of enjoyment out of them as a cozy mystery series. (less)
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( ●—● ) Evelynn
I want to start off this review with what the dedication in the front of the book says:

"To Tony Shalhoub, the one and only Monk."


I would have rated it three stars had it not been for the fact that this is Adrian Monk we're talking about.

Really, I have only three complaints:

1. Said is dead. Lee Goldberg kept using "said" over and over again, and it drove me crazy.

2. There were a few bar scenes...bleh. That was expected. But that doesn't mean that I had to like them
"Monk" is one of my favorite T.V. shows and it was bittersweet for me when the series ended. Although I was happy with how the show wrapped up I had become very attached to the whimsical character Adrian Monk and his entourage of nurse Sharona and then assistant Natalie (who is the narrator of the "Monk" books). When I found out that Lee Goldberg, who was involved in the show, must have felt the same way and wrote fifteen "Monk" books I was thrilled. It is a definite quick "beach read." But I th ...more
Eccentric, obsessive, compulsive all describe detective Adrian Monk and each of the qualities adds a certain amount of charm, and frustration for some, to the character. His long suffering companion Natalie Teeger and his former police partner Captain Leland Stottlemeyer take the brunt of his eccentricities but they manfully, and womanfully, retain their friendship and admiration for Monk despite the frustrations that he piles upon them. Author Lee Goldberg captures their relationships, and Monk ...more
If you like the TV series Monk then you will enjoy this fun, light read. I preferred when the tv series started and Sharona was Monk's assistant and I was hoping the book series would also start there. The book series starts with Natalie as his assisant.

In this episode Monk has found termites in his building and it must be fumigated. This leads him to stay with Natalie and Julie for a few days.

I read this on a plane and it was perfect brain-candy. I look forward to adding the rest of the serie
This was the first book in the Monk series. It is not quite as good as the other, later books in the series, but good nevertheless.

The story is that since Monk's house is being fumigated, he moves in with his assistant, Natalie. When a local firehouse dog is killed, Monk investigates. He discovers there was also a fatal house fire on the same night and feels they are all tied together somehow. If only he could figure out how. So it takes digging through garbage to find out, plus making some powe
Keri ♠
This was a wonderful tv-novelization of USA's Monk series. Goldberg really seemed to get at the heart of Monk's OCD issues, perhaps more so than what you would see on the show. Told through the eyes of his personal assistant Natalie Teager, it was so much easier to sympathize with her helping to care for Monk so he can function in daily life. Monk was forced to move in with Natalie and her daughter Julie while his place was being fumigated for termites. In turn, this forced Natlie and Monk to be ...more
This really reminded me of the TV series, which makes sense as Lee Goldberg was apparently a writer for Monk. It was very good. I'm not sure what I think about Natalie's POV, though. Judgement reserved until later, har har. I'd suggest watching the TV series first, instead of the books, because some of the descriptions for some of the people aren't very good, seeing as you're supposed to know them from the TV series. Plus it's just so much funnier if you know the TV characters and can picture th ...more
Well if you like the TV series of Monk you will love this book, the first in an all-new series of original mysteries. I think there is a little bit of Monk in all of us "obsessive, compulsive and need for everything in its place. But he carries it to an extreme which lets us laugh at ourselves. Monk is a very different type of detective story and in this book he plays a "dog" detective and ends up with much more than he expected.
I decided to start back over and read these in order, since it was bothering me that I read #4 and then #8 first. (Just call me Monk...)

This one was definitely the funniest of the 3 I've read so far - I literally laughed out loud in so many parts. This one was adapted into the episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing", and now I really want that episode to come on TV so I can watch it again.
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Nice way to still be able to enjoy the series.

I know that the television series is over, but I love that I'm still able to visit my favorite OCD, ultra-phobic detective, Adrian Monk.

In this book, we seen Mr. Monk, Natalie, Captain Stottlemeyer, and Lt. Disher. Monk is brought into a case of a firehouse dog that's bludgeoned to death, and ends up unearthing a conspiracy that leads to more deaths. Only Monk's brand of detective work coul
Mark Kloha
If you really liked the Monk television show and you really are looking for a book to read, then go ahead and check this out. I loved the show. I just recently discovered this book series. This is the first book in the series. It was amusing. The book is told from Natalie's perspective. There was one scene in the book where Captain Stottlemeyer was dropping his cigar ashes on the floor of a recently burned down house that was being investigated as an arson. Sorry, Captain Stottlemeyer would not ...more
John Onoda
Since author Lee Goldberg wrote many episodes of the Monk television series, it is no surprise that he can replicate the funny dialogue and showcase the key personalities of the show in a very effective way.

The gang is all here: Monk, his assitant Natalie, Captain Stottlemeyer, Lt. Disher and others who we used to watch on television every week. Monk is irritating, brilliant and funny, as always. Since Natalie is the narrarator, we learn a bit more of what she is thinking as she accompanies her
Only Monk would take on an investigation into the murder of a fire station dog.
But what a journey it leads him on, with Natalie in tow as usual.
This series has fast become a firm favourite with me - first via the TV and now through Lee Goldberg's hilarious stories.
I've borrowed them from the library where I work, or rather I've requested copies of every title available in the county. They are all the large print versions, so I've made them my bedtime reading.
I've had to stop myself from laughing
Mark Baker
When the Dalmatian at the local firehouse is killed, Julie hires Monk to find out what happened, which leads him to a fatal fire and an even bigger mystery. Fans of the TV show will rejoice in this great start to a tie in series. Still has one of my favorite scenes in any Monk story, book or TV episode.

This did go on to become the basis of the TV episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing" in the next season of the show.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Maureen Devi
Obsessive compulsive. Almost all detective story propose an unique person. And through this book we can figure out how a weirdo solve the problems with his way which is funny...even make you annoyed when he interrupted in problems of germs (hygiene) and symmetric.

Natalie and captain Stottlemeyer give strong role to to all series of Mr.Monk. I wonder the feeling of them when they were with him.

In this series, thanks to a firehouse dog!

Anw, it's not a boring book. Recommended!!!
Thx for my ex who
Jenn M
This book is typical Detective Adrian Monk, the obsessive compulsive detective, based on the television series Monk. This book, of course, is the first in a series of book mysteries based on the television character. I loved the TV series, and have seen nearly every episode at least once, so when I read the Monk books, I "see" the TV Actors (Tony Shalhoub as Monk, Traylor Howard as assistant Natalie Teeger) in my head as I picture the book's actions. Normally, I feel like I miss something when I ...more
Admittedly, writing about a book based on a television detective won't do much for my literary credibility but, I said I was going to write about all of the books I read this year and this was the second one I read. I think you'll find as the year goes by, assuming that I keep this up, that I read a lot of different types of books and that there is nothing that is either too lo or too high brow for my attention.

I'm assuming that anyone reading this is probably at least a little familiar with the
As a long-time fan of the television series, I thought it might be interesting to try the books. I definitely enjoyed this first installment. The author did a really good job of capturing the personalities of the characters we all know and love -- Capt. Stottlemeyer, Randy Disher, Natalie Teeger, and of course Adrian Monk himself. The story was entertaining enough, but if the characters weren't right, it would have ruined it.

A few things seemed off to me, though. The strangest thing for me was t
Monk's house is being fumigated and he has to find somewhere to go until it's finished. The hotels were no good, all had their imperfections and having enough of trying to find the perfect hotel room for Monk, Natalie invites him to stay at her house. But will she regret it?

Soon after arriving at Natalie's, Monk is hired to find out who murdered the firehouse's dog, Sparky. But apparently, Sparky isn't the only victim. Monk has to find out what is going on.

I love the show Monk. I've seen all the
I have watched a few of the TV shows and enjoyed them, this is the first time that I had actually listened to the book. I found it rather amusing.

To be honest, I listened to this because of my experience with "The Heist" which he co-authored with Janet Evanovich. I wanted to know whose voice was more prominent in that book.

Mr. Monk is an obsessive compulsive consultant to the police. He was a homicide detective until his wife's brutal murder that he was unable to solve and that threw him into a
Let me begin by saying that about a year ago, my family and I got into the hit-television show Monk shortly after we signed up for Netflix. What followed was a two month-long blur in which we worked through all eight seasons of the show. By the end of it, we were exhausted, amused, and had grown fond of an obsessive compulsive detective (who, coincidentally, looked a lot like an Arabic man from our church). It was my younger sister who discovered that Lee Goldberg wrote a series of novels based ...more
Well, I definitely have mixed feelings on this one. Let me start by saying that I love (no, I mean LOVE) Monk. I have seen every single episode more than once, own the whole series on DVD and watch episodes on Netflix every once in a while too. My dad and I bonded over Monk when I was still in school and Monk was on its first run. I would stay up past my bedtime to watch Monk. Then I went to college and my best friend and I would get together just to watch the new episodes.

When I found out there
Chiquita Hindarto
Saya selalu suka baca novel misteri, terutama yang detektifnya eksentrik seperti Hercule Poirot dan Adrian Monk.

Saya tau Mr.Monk pertama kali dari film serial di Star World. Sayangnya jam tayangnya sangat nggak kondusif, selalu tabrakan sama jam sekolah atau lesnya Luna.

Adrian Monk terkenal sebagai "Obsessive, Compulsive Detective"
Kejeniusannya dibarengi dengan sifat yang aneh. Monk sangat mendewakan keteraturan dan higienitas. Dia juga sangat suka dengan sesuatu yang genap.

Monk dulunya berprofe
Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse adalah buku pertama dalam Mr. Monk Series, tapi kisah sebenarnya dimulai jauh sebelumnya yg dapat diikuti melalui serial televisinya.

Karena apartemennya diserang rayap, lebih tepatnya karena Monk menemukan setitik lubang, ia terpaksa mengungsi sementara ke rumah Natalie, asistennya. Julie, putri Natalie memintanya menyelidiki kasus kematian seekor anjing Dalmatian milik Joe, seorang anggota pemadam kebakaran.

Buku ini tergolong dalam bacaan ringan, meskipun genrenya
2 1/2 stars would be a better rating for this book, but since that's not an option I went with 3 stars because I am a fan of the TV show. On the whole I like the Monk mysteries, but some of the word choices in this one got a bit annoying (for example, in one of the descriptions when the neighbor's dentures get knocked on Monk's lap the description is that Monk is sitting there, frozen, with the teeth sitting on his crotch). I listened to this as an audio book instead of reading it myself so that ...more
I am a big fan of the Monk series on USA; it's funny, Monk's quirky, he solves crimes with the smallest shred of evidence. When I noticed they were going to be releasing books following the same story, I quickly jumped at the chance to read one, eager to see what new plot lines they would invent and to travel with Mr. Monk as he solves crimes beyond the realm of the TV show. I was not disappointed. These series of books by Lee Goldberg are narrated from Natalie's perspective and they are right o ...more
Hana Bilqisthi
buku ini memakai sudut pandang Natalie, asisten Monk
gue suka banget buku ini
mengingatkan gue serunya baca buku misteri dan detektif
hal yang gue suka dari buku ini adalah banyak kejutan

dan meski perlu cara yang berliku, akhirnya kasusnya terpecahkan :D
karakter Mr. Monk juga unik membuat Hana sadar tiap orang yang memiliki kelebihan yang begitu hebat juga punya kelemahan
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Well written as good mystery right to the end and the characters are so like the t.v. show. Light reading to be sure but well done i think and moves along at a good pace. Makes me laugh and is good entertainment-with a little insight into life as a true obsessive compulsive.
Okay, this was a pretty good book. It was decent, how about that. The reason I gave it four stars was because there was something off about each of the characters.

Take Monk, for instance. His antics were captured well in the narrative, but all that wonderful Monk personality vanished in the dialogue. He came off as more of a spoiled jerk. Natalie was too impatient and sarcastic, Stottlemeyer was a pushover, and Randy seemed too mature and authoritative. Also, the first-person perspective seemed
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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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