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Mr. Monk Is Miserable (Mr. Monk #7)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,307 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
On a trip to France, Monk takes a tour through the historic underground world of the Parisian sewers and encounters a catacomb filled with ancient human remains--and one much more recent skull.
Published December 9th 2008 by BBC Audiobooks America (first published December 1st 2008)
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May 01, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sad to finish this book because I was enjoying the time with Monk and Natalie. I love their relationship and all of Monk's quirks.
May 14, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it
I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if possible. Natalie was way to negative for me in this one but I also realize that was the point so that was the extra half star.
Dec 08, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read, mysteries
Goldberg mentioned on his blog that this book was being released as an audiobook on -- the first audiobook release in the "Monk" series. I made sure to be caught up in the series in time to take the audiobook (my first purchase) with me on a road trip to visit my brother for Parents Weekend at his college. And it was worth the effort (not that reading "Monk" books is much of an effort) -- I can't tell you how much I loved listening to this audiobook. The book itself is wo ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
If you love the TV series of Monk like I do then this is worth reading. If you haven't seen the show then a lot of the book will not make sense. If you are looking for a really good mystery and haven't seen the show then don't pick up these books. However, if you are looking for a decent mystery based off of an awesome TV show that is also an easy read then go for it. The writing is decent and the mystery is also decent. I was caught by surprise by a twist that was pretty clever. I thought it wa ...more
The overall story of this book was good and I liked how it all came together at the end. I did not like that this book was from Natalie's point of view. I prefer seeing Monk from a more objective 3rd person point of view, because Natalie's view if necessarily biased. That could still have worked, but I felt the author got Natalie all wrong. She came across as much harder and more harsh than on the show. She was quite unlikable, really. I also felt the book was more about Natalie than about Monk, ...more
Mar 15, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
I believe fans of the Monk television series will find this book pretty satisfying. Monk is portrayed with all of his foibles and phobias and the debates with Natalie read like a script from the extremely charming television show. This time, Monk winds up in France, and is, as usual, out of his element-- until he stumbles across a murder victim and begins detecting.

As usual, those around him are both amazed at his insight and detective ability while being annoyed by his OCD behavior, phobias, a
Apr 15, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen any of the Monk TV programs, for which Lee Goldberg has written episodes. If they are anything like this book, I have missed out on some good TV. This book is funny while at the same time remaining serious in the search to solve murders. He is fastidious about his appearance, likes everything to be a multiple of two, perfectly square, and cannot stand to see anything out of order. This includes when he goes to someone's office or home. He begins to straighten the shelves, put b ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After exhausting the series on television, finally on Netflix, I took up this book as my first Monk novel. I was not disappointed. It was different to hear the story from Natalie's point of view, but also somewhat refreshing since I often caught myself wondering what thoughts were going through herhead during a distinctly "Monk" moment.

I did feel it took a bit to get to the real central plot of the book, and perhaps if I had read the previous I might not have felt that way, but ah well, it was s
Aug 02, 2015 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
3.5 stars rounded to 4. Another fun episode in the Monk series. Monk is in Paris after being tricked by Natalie into going. He works with the French police to solve murders while Natalie tries to enjoy a vacation. This book was very well-researched and gave lots of information on the sewer system of Paris and the Freegan movement. The storyline was fun as well as interesting. For those who ROO (Read out of order), I recommend reading the previous book Mr. Monk Goes to Germany first as there are ...more
Marty Acks
Nov 10, 2014 Marty Acks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the first in the series that I have read. I was a big fan of the TV series and this book followed spirit and flow of the TV series quite well. It was a pleasure to follow the usual characters on an international journey. The Paris travelogue was interesting. I'm sorry I missed seeing the catacombs when we vacationed there. If I get back it will be on my short list. This was a nice breezy read while on vacation on Florida. I will be reading more in the seri ...more
Oct 06, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2010
I absolutely loved Monk when it was on TV and was so upset it ended (so upset, in fact, that I refuse to watch the finale and admit it's over). These books fuel my denial by helping me think Monk is still on the air. I love reading them; they are so accurate and funny... just like watching the show. In this book, Natalie blackmails Mr. Monk into taking her to Paris, where they encounter not one, not two, but THREE murders (upsetting Natalie's vacation plans in the process). It seems where ever M ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2008
This entry in the tie in series finds Monk and Natalie on vacation in Paris. But Monk doesn't start to relax until he finds a recent skull mixed in with all the ancient ones in the catacombs. I found the beginning a bit slow, but the mystery was engaging and the book was absolutely hilarious.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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I have to say the Monk books are a lot of fun and this one made me want to visit Paris on top of being a good light read.
May 09, 2016 Jaret rated it really liked it
I reread this book. Still a fun, quick read.
If you liked the tv show then you will like this book.
Mar 03, 2017 Curren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared to all books in general, this gets 3 stars. Compared to cheesy mysteries it gets 4.5. I love Monk and this book made me laugh. I also enjoyed the description of Paris and the tourist sights and scenery. The mystery was clever. But all in all it's certainly not great literature. As long as you like fun, "who done it" murder mysteries, you'll like this book. Highly recommend reading the previous book for a non-pertinent, but still helpful, backstory.
3.75 stars. I love the TV show Monk, but these books are making him sound annoying rather than endearingly odd. I like Natalie better than Sharona because she was more respectful toward Monk rather than ridiculing, but Natalie sounds exasperated with him in this book. I liked the book better as it went along.

I rounded up to 4 stars because (view spoiler)

In the opening chapters, Monk is traveling from Germany to Paris on an airplane...unmedicated! Anyone familiar with Monk knows this is a recipe for disaster. You have to give him credit, he finds little nuggests of wisdom and truth in his madness. For instance:

1. Monk is denied his emergency air mask upon boarding, evn though, as he points out, it could save time and lives if they were already in the passengers hands before an accident.

2. The stewardess gives a 3 minutes talk and makes a cardboa
CJ Scurria
Aug 23, 2013 CJ Scurria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monsieur Monk is Mee-zur-ah-ble! After getting blackmailed by Natalie to go on a murder-free vacation, the duo find themselves in France. Mystery and croquet monsieurs abound as they stumble across death that opens a new murder case. This time Monk, his assistant and a few key familiar players work together to find the suspect and the evidence to take person down. But how can they solve this one in the "City of Lights" when the murderer has left them in the dark?

It's strange how from the beginni
Apr 16, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read previous books in the series by Goldberg, and he seems to be getting better. This was probably not my favorite, but it was okay.

Mr. Monk and his assistant, Natalie, find themselves in Paris, after having visited Germany to find his psychologist. One almost needs to read the previous book, Mr. Monk goes to Germany, to discover some of the plot details. Nevertheless, this book can stand on it's own.

After solving a murder aboard the plane he is on, he comes to the attention of the local p
Jun 16, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marti Martinson
Jan 30, 2016 Marti Martinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incessant sneezing and a low grade fever kept me house-bound this weekend. I had nothing else to do nor anywhere to go yet I chose to read: I couldn't put the book down. Goldberg is as funny as Moliere. This is appropriate, as this story takes place in Paris. As fast paced as the TV series, this "episode" in novel form delivered all the pleasures of a TV episode. Natalie was actually a bit more sarcastic in places, but I know I could NOT work with nor for Monk.

If you have watched more than a few
Laura Cushing
Aug 07, 2011 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This direct sequel to Mr. Monk Goes to Germany is my favorite in the series so far. Natalie blackmails Monk into extending their time in Europe, because she wants to visit France where she one honeymooned with her late husband Mitch. Monk doesn't understand why Natalie doesn't take the same enjoyment he does in solving murders and visiting the sewer museum - that's his idea of a fun vacation. When a San Fransisco native's body is found in the catacombs, Natalie has no choice but to get behind Mo ...more
David Caldwell
I really miss watching Monk. While this isn't quite the same, it is fairly good.It is nice that the author was actually one of the writers from the show. It is not necessary to have read the previous book but there are several references to it and the story did feel like the second half of a two part episode. It is enjoyable to see the Monk gang in a different setting. The author seems to have a true admiration for Paris and did not make the book feel like a travelogue like a lot of stories do w ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery, ocd
I started listening to this audiobook, thinking it was Mr. Monk goes to Germany, because the narrator told the story of Monk's psychiatrist going to a convention in Germany. Monk was too upset to help with a murder case in San Francisco, so Natalie made reservations for them to both go to Germany. This is the second book in the series about the trip. Monk solves several murders in Germany, and Natalie decides she wants a vacation in France. There is a murder on board the flight, and Monk quickly ...more
Cathy Cramer
I enjoyed the Monk-isms, and the descriptions his reactions to Paris, the catacombs, the sewers, and the restaurant, Toujours Nuit, where everything is in the dark, and the guests are served by blind waiters. Very interesting read, and most of the conversations were clean, until near the end. There were some unnecessary adult conversations that keep me from wanting my kids to read this book. This is the last Monk book that I possess and I do NOT intend to buy more, although of the series, I woul ...more
The overall story was okay and I liked how it all came together at the end. This book made me more certain that Natalie here was different than the one in the tv show. While she was often calm, cool and acted like a mother to Monk in the show, she came off as harsh, manipulative and quite selfish, particularly in this book. She refused to assist Monk in his everyday's life while insisted on having a vacation fully paid by Monk.

Even Monk's characterization was off. He was, for the lack of better
May 24, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, mystery
Maybe I'm just getting tired of these, but dang. There were some laughs to be had and some nice moments between Monk and Natalie. The mystery took a backseat to Paris, though -- the crime wasn't uncovered until around page 100 and I had it solved from the moment they met the perp. And the gag that there are policemen in Paris just like Stottlemeyer and Disher was just used the book before! It was nice to have the real Stottlemeyer and Disher tag along here, though. Natalie's anti-consumerism is ...more
Cora Judd
Jun 04, 2009 Cora Judd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Mr. Monk is Miserable' reads like a travelogue enhanced with low grade bickering throughout.

Monk's perseverative personality is rich with potential, (a la Running With Scissors, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) however, it's squandered on flippancy and whining.

The boundaries of the relationship between Monk and his assistant are inconsistent: Is her role to ease his way socially or to bully him? Does he see the world in literal terms or is
After an awful time solving murders in Germany, Natalie Teeger blackmails Monk into going to Paris for a few days for vacation. Since this is Monk, dead bodies and murder follow him wherever he goes starting from the plane ride to France. This one actually had me guessing as to who the murderer was until right near the end. It started a bit slow however and one thing that was rather unbelievable was the fact that Natalie Teeger can speak and read pretty good French despite the fact that she only ...more
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#1 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 co-author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job, ...more
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