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Mr. Monk and The Blue Flu by Lee Goldberg
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May 25, 11

Read from May 23 to 26, 2011

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 group. This motley crew has to solve a series of murders - and Monk has to deal with the pressures of command. There's also a lot of tension between him and Captain Stottlemeyer because (however temporarily) Monk is taking over his job, and with the regular police force who feels these officers are 'scabs' for taking over their jobs. It's the best of the Monk books I've read so far, because it had a bit of everything and Monk's squad of crazy detectives was so fun.

Recommended for those who like the Monk series, mystery fans, and anyone who wants a fun, quick read.
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