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

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,263 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
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.

But while Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of a dog at the l
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 2006 by Signet
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Asteropê They seem 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, many…moreThey seem 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, many reviewers did so and I skipped one with no issue following along. 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)
Mark Gould I can't speak for the rest of the books, but the plot of this specific novel is not based on any of the episodes.

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Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
"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
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good one. I feel like people can't read these unless they've seen the TV series because it refers back to it often. The Monk books are like a continuation of the series.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I picked up four of this series at the book exchange and with more effort than expected, figured out that this was the first one. These are based on a popular TV show which I, not having a TV, haven't seen, but I think my mother once mentioned enjoying it. In any case, these feature a sort of alternate-universe San Francisco in which a man with severe OCD managed to become a successful policeman, lost his job due to worsening symptoms, but continues to consult for the SFPD and solves murders rig ...more
Carrie ♠
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
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the Monk TV series so I decided to try the book. It was just as funny and heartfelt as the TV series. The audio narrator, Laura Hicks, did an excellent job of capturing Natalie's essence from the TV series. There were a few major discrepancies (such as Monk holding a glass of milk, as if!), but the overall story was true enough that I could overlook that. I'll definitely read more.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first audio book in a long time. I enjoyed it very much. Able to clean my house and read at the same time is great.

I like the Mr. Monk tv shows very much. It was like watching tv book style. Fun.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tv-tie-in, crime
This was a fun book. I loved the characters and situations, but especially the description of San Francisco.
Jimmy Lee
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in the wrong order: I acquired "Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii" first and and then "Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse." I'm sure glad I did that, though, because I found his visit to the Firehouse a little slower than his visit to Hawaii. It seemed to me that Lee Goldberg started hitting his stride as he developed his stories.

This book also didn't have as many plot twists as that trip to Hawaii offered. In fact we spent quite a bit of time collecting evidence against the already-agreed-upon pe
Book Addict
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
It was fast paced,funny and easy to read which I liked.
Although some phrases and things Monk did, I couldn't see him doing.
I have watched every single episode of Monk multiple times. I love Monk. Long story short, I'm educated on Monk lol, but things like Monk owning a phone staring at a woman's breasts,him holding a glass of milk,him eating cereal with milk are inaccurate to the character. I wonder if this man "Lee Goldberg" ever watched Monk cause milk and nudity (even cleavage) are one of his
Deyth Banger
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: try
"October 15, 2017 –
25.0% "Mr.Monk is typical old school character, not very familiar with tech, but very familiar with "Being clean" and "Having Order"."
October 15, 2017 –
15.0% "If there isn't order.... There is something wrong all the story."
October 15, 2017 – Started Reading"
Mark Gould
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very respectable effort to recreate the magic of the TV show. I found the audiobook for free through Hoopla. I would definitely consider checking it out if you enjoyed the TV show.
Jun 12, 2017 added it
Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Brandon R Burt
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love the tv show

I love the show so I decided to try the books. I loved it. I am going to read them all.
Listened to the audiobook. Made me miss the show even more!
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the Monk stories. They are an easy read. The complex character of Adrian Monk and his relationship with the Captain and Natalie are endearing. Having seen the television version helps in visualizing while reading the story.
Marti Martinson
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's really nice when the criminals AREN'T people of color, like in the old Perry Mason days. The ending is brilliant.
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
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It was fast paced,funny and to easy read which i like. Although some phrases and stuff Monk does in the book, i can't see him doing . I have watch every episode of monk several times. I love Monk. Long story short I am educated on Monk lol ,but some things like Monk owning a phone,staring at a woman's breasts, him holding a glass of milk ,and him eating cereal with milk are not true to his character. Monk is deathly afraid of milk, he is actually afraid of it more than death. So he would not be ...more
Jenn M
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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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