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

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Everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive detective is back in the third novel written by Lee Goldberg based on the popular USA Network television series (following Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse and Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii).

As a consultant working with the San Francisco P.D.'s Captain Leland Stottlemeyer, Adrian Monk -- whose numerous phobias
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Published March 5th 2010 by BBC Audiobooks America (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
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
Giovanni Gelati
Mar 26, 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
Jan 01, 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
Sep 08, 2011 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 t
Joshua Anadu
Mar 02, 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
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.
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.
Bill Walker
Mar 16, 2017 Bill Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series....see a new monk.
Elly Wendy
Light, fun.
Jan 03, 2017 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 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
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
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
Joel Gomes
Feb 07, 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
Laura Cushing
May 23, 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
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.
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
Lee Houston,
Jan 24, 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 "
Apr 16, 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
Mar 02, 2014 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
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 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
Dec 11, 2011 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
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 one 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 killer
Phoebe Phelange
Jun 24, 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
Feb 22, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
These books are fun, easy reads. If you loved Monk, you will enjoy reading these mysteries by Lee Goldberg. If you didn't watch Monk when it was on, set this book aside and watch the series. It is so good!

Told through the voice of Natalie, his assistant, she gives us Monk through her eyes. The labor dispute leads to a "sick out" where Monk temporarily gets his badge back, and is teamed up with similar misfits to solve a series of crimes involving one left shoe. If you know Monk, you know how cra
Oh I miss Monk... the TV series.. and the boyfriend loves the books and I didn't have anything to read so I read it. It was great! There's like 3 episodes in one book and I found myself laughing out loud and reading aloud parts to my boyfriend and he was laughing too! Moving on to the rest of the series. The only reason it took my so long to read it was because I only read it when I was at my boyfriend's house while he was on the computer. Overall an entertaining read with AHA! moments that come ...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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mr. Monk (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Mr. Monk, #1)
  • 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)
  • Mr. Monk is Miserable (Mr. Monk, #7)
  • Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop (Mr. Monk, #8)
  • Mr. Monk in Trouble (Mr. Monk, #9)
  • Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out (Mr. Monk, #10)
  • Mr. Monk on the Road (Mr. Monk, #11)

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