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Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii (Mr. Monk #2)

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Some people think Hawaii is paradise, but Monk knows that danger, like dirt, lurks everywhere. Look at Helen Gruber, the rich tourist who took a fatal blow from a coconut. The police say it fell from a tree, but Monk suspects otherwise. His assistant Natalie isn't exactly thrilled about Monk's latest investigation. It was bad enough Monk followed her on vacation, and now i ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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CJ Scurria
Aug 23, 2013 CJ Scurria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: revisited
Natalie Teeger an overworked assistant decides to go away for a long-awaited vacation. She soon discovers that Monk, the boss she is trying to "get away" from finds a way to travel with her. As if his company wasn't enough to deter her time to relax and soak in the sun a murder investigation manages to find its way into Monk's lap. Her days in Hawaii go by to her annoyance as the mystery slowly unfolds. Will they find any good leisure time or is the death that has the entire police station's hea ...more
Apr 16, 2009 Kent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Monk book I have read and, again, I enjoyed it.

The premise is that Natalie, Monk's assistant, is invited to Hawaii to participate in a girlfriends wedding. But Monk has to tag along and quickly involves them in the investigation. Not only that, but Dylan Swift, the famous psychic is a near-permanent guest at their hotel and claims to have a message from the beyond for them both. Monk doubts his credibility and goes about proving it and solving the murder.

I particularly enjoyed
Apr 05, 2016 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun episode in the Adrian Monk series. Natalie goes on vacation to Hawaii to see her best friend and thinks she's leaving Monk behind. Until, she sees him on the plane and found out he took an anti-OCD pill and followed her. Of course, trouble followed him. It was fun reading about him experiencing Hawaiian traditions such as luaus. I especially enjoyed him tangling with the TV psychic. Definitely not serious reading, but a fun "brain break" for sure.
Rob McMonigal
I am a big fan of the cable show, Monk, starring Tony Shalub as an obsessive-compulsive detective that uses his obsession over details to solve crimes, with the help of a much-suffering female assistant.

Quite by accident, I discovered that they're now writing Monk novels. I was a bit nervous, because the Law and Order novel was absolutely awful. Still, it was worth a shot...

I have to say, I was very impressed. From the opening murder to the drugged Monk on an airplane to his various reactions to
Monica Willyard
This is a lighthearted mystery with a lot of comic relief. It's just what I needed this weekend.

Adrian Monk is out of his element. Unable to accept his assistant, Natalie’s departure for a vacation in Hawaii, he follows her to Kauai. Natalie is horrified for good reason. Traveling with the obsessive compulsive Monk is a nightmare, and her hope for a peaceful vacation evaporates completely when a woman is murdered at their hotel. Inevitably, Monk is on the case with the unwanted help of a famous TV psychic.

Fans of the TV show will know what to expect from a Monk novel: an amazing character
Sep 15, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extra episode of Monk in book form. I could have done without the wedding thing. I know it's what got them to Hawaii, but it's so similar to what happened to Natalie's brother, it was more annoying than anything. As far as Content goes, there were a few minor references and the murder does partially have to do with adultery, but it's not really anything more than what's on the show (and certainly no worse than the playboy episode). So while it did make me slightly uncomfortable, it wasn't any ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny how when I read this, I couldn't get Tony Shalhoub's face out of my head.

As unpretentious as its televised namesake, this Monk "adventure" had all the elements we fans have come to know and love -- the OCD, the hand wipes, the myriad neuroses. Plus, it's just plain well-written; you can tell by the writing that Lee Goldberg had an affinity for this character and cares about him a great deal.

There were parts of this book that made me laugh out loud. More importantly, it kept me turning the
Jan 16, 2009 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Monk tv series is very amusing...a bit more amusing than the books. Watching Monk's compulsive behaviors isn't as painful as reading about them! These books are written from Natalie's point of view, and I find the mystery rather easier to figure out in the books than on the tv (more time to mull over the clues, plus the mysteries are very formulaic). Not a bad read; interesting characters, non-standard behaviors, good summertime fare.
Apr 07, 2010 Steph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought I would love this because I love, love the show. But I didn't. Now, partly I was frustrated because the cd I was listening to was scratched so I kept having to skip things, but honestly, I wouldn't have liked it anyway - I didn't even finish it. There were just dumb jokes in there that didn't need to be, and I just kept wishing they would solve it so I could be done. I'd rather read an Agatha Christie.
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read this book while visiting my sister in Hawaii nearly 2 years ago. It was a lot of fun (both the trip and the book, which I read while my toddler napped). I enjoy how Goldberg includes Hawaiian terms and facts about the islands into the story.
Jimmy Lee
Jul 10, 2017 Jimmy Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read lots of "screen to print" (to abbreviate, "S2P") books. And quite a few books derived from TV / movie genre. Books were my first escape as a child, but the screen really put it all in color (so to speak), so I'm always looking for the link between the two - as well as that additional detail not provided on the screen.

Before I start sharing my input, I should mention that I have never seen an episode of Monk. I bought this based on my dad's love of the series, thinking I'd probably get som
Bill Walker
Mar 02, 2017 Bill Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really good, on to the next one in the series.
Steve B
Jun 27, 2016 Steve B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I've read in Lee Goldberg's Monk series. I was disappointed. In the course of the book, Monk deals with three murders. He accused three people of murder. Only one of those accusations is likely to result in a conviction.

In the first murder, a surgeon was poisoned while performing heart surgery on his ex-girlfriend. Having decided, incorrectly, that no one could have acted during the operation to poison the doctor, Monk works out a plan by which the patient, a nurse at the
Phil Giunta
Mar 18, 2011 Phil Giunta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always wanted to see a follow up story where Detective Adrian Monk takes the "cool pill" prescribed by Dr. Kroger in the televised episode "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine". I found it hilarious and at the same time, very poignant and touching to observe what happens when the pill's effects wear off and Monk returns to his life of OCD and social paranoia. I was curious to see how differently Natalie would handle the situation as opposed to Sharona, Monk's former assistant/nurse.

I was not disappoi
Dec 27, 2010 winda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Meskipun movel ini termasuk kedalam novel misteri, namun tidak terkesan angker dan serem... Malah lucu! Hal ini karena Monk, tokoh detektif yang mempunyai sifat obsesif kompulsif. KIsah bermula ketika asisten Monk mengajukan cuti karena menjadi pendamping sahabatnya yang akan menikah di Hawai. Berkat sebuah obat yang diresepkan oleh dokternya Monk berani untuk mengikuti asistennya ke Hawai. Dan ketika pengaruh obatnya habis, Monk menjadi MOnk yang aneh namun memiliki insting detektif yang luar b ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenn M
Feb 28, 2013 Jenn M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Monk detective books are quick, fun reads, belonging to the "light" cozy-mystery genre, even though Monk was once a Los Angeles Police Department detective. The main character Adrian Monk, for whom the series is named, is obsessive-compulsive and rigid in manner and demeanor. But, that is what makes these stories so much fun; and believe me, Mr. Monk, we are laughing with you, not at you, if only you would laugh at yourself, too.

In this sequel to Mr. Monk Goes to the Fire Department, Mr. Mon
Jul 01, 2014 Eden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie is going to Hawaii for a week to be a bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding. She tells Monk that she'll be gone for a week and has gotten someone to replace her until she gets back.

It seemed that Monk accepted it until Natalie was on her flight to Hawaii and guess who was there? Monk (or The Monk and Chad, as he was calling himself).

Turns out that Monk took a pill that made him the complete opposite of how he usually is. And now Natalie is stuck with him for a week when she was hoping
Laura Cushing
I would have given this four stars like the other Monk books I have read, but I didn't care for a lot of the minor characters presented in the book. They were too two-dimensional - I realize that it is a mystery book and a lot of them were only relevant as plot devices and foils, but they still could have used a bit more filling out. Lieutenant Ben Keoloha 's Hawaiian dialect was typed out in a very annoying to read fashion - it was hard to make out what he was saying at any given point. That be ...more
Boredom Books
I think I can say with certainty that this book wasn't as good as the first...but that's not saying much. The first book wasn't exactly a masterpiece, but it was written fluently enough to make sense...much like an actual episode of the TV show. This book went the opposite direction. It didn't introduce a crime until a quarter through, was filled with Hawaiian dialects that were an annoyance, and they first solved the crime at 75% After that, they danced around and created a lot of filler before ...more
I embarked on the second book soon after reading the first. In this one, Natalie decamps for Hawaii to attend a wedding, only to discover that her employer, the severely OCD detective Adrian Monk, is so afraid of dealing with life on his own that he's taken a drug in order to bear flying. The said drug not only makes his OCD disappear (and with it, his ability to solve murders) but loosens his inhibitions about germs and everything else to an astonishing degree. Of course, he can't bear to be li ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read, mysteries
This is my favorite of the Goldberg "Monk" series (I'd read the book twice before), so I was thrilled when this one was added to Audible for downloading, and read by Laura Hicks, no less (the same reader who did the audiobook for "Mr. Monk is Miserable"). She did just as good a job with this one as she did with "Miserable," although I found myself slightly less enchanted (this may just be because I knew the story backwards and forwards, however, whereas "Miserable" was completely new). But liste ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Nadya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Monk bikin ulah lagi. Tentunya itu kata Natalie Teeger, sang asisten detektif obsesif-kompulsif itu. Mengacaukan pesta perkawinan sahabat Nat yang diadakan di Hawaii yang notabene adalah liburan bagi Natalie sendiri; memecahkan 2 kasus pembunuhan (yang satu disebabkan oleh kelapa dan yang satu berhubungan dengan Luau); membuat heboh satuan kepolisian Hawaii; dicoret dari tempat penyewaan mobil; dilarang menaiki pesawat maskapai penerbangan Hawaii; memecahkan kasus pencurian rumah-rumah mewah ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fun
It's fun. Basically it's a very fast, very fun read.
If you like the show you'll probably like the book, I can't garuntee it and I can't say that it's the most amazing book in the world, but it's a good light fun read. The author has written for the show too, so it's not like he's unfamiliar with the characters and he treats them well and has all of Monk's paranoias and things in a nice balance with his ability to solve crimes.
I was able to pick up the clues as I went along, but not quite able to
Jul 23, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Natalie Teager. Not only does her boss Mr. Monk, unable to deal with being away from her for a whole week, come to Hawaii with her when she travels there for a friend's wedding, he also stumbles upon a murder investigation and offers to help the local police. Actually, it's not until Monk gets involved that it IS a murder investigation -- the locals thought the elderly woman had been killed by a falling coconut while sitting in her hot tub.

It's fun to see Monk out of his element, wearing hi
Chance Hansen
With the last book I said they gave Monk more of a personality in the book to make it more entertaining. Now he ended up popping pills to get on a plane. There's good humor, and more so than the first book they go a little deeper into both Monk's and Natalie lives. It's quite touching and heart felt moment between both of them and their lost loves. Believe it or not but the mystery seemed a little simpler. The real reason I give this on a lower score is because I can't ignore the medium's perfor ...more
Oct 27, 2014 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the mystery book series of the TV series character Adrian Monk. Monk's assistant, Natalie Teeger, serves as the story's narrator.

Natalie is invited to stay a week on the island of Kaua'i to be the maid of honor at a friend's wedding. She tells Monk at the last minute she'll be going which upsets him. She wants a vacation from him. Much to her surprise, Monk is aboard the plane and will spending the week with her. He then becomes involved in a murder case at their hotel, with a high profile
Sep 08, 2011 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii the second book in Lee Goldberg's Monk series is a great summer read. If you were a fan of the TV series Monk then this series is a must read book series for you. The former SFPD detective Adrian Monk suffers from OCD. He consults with the SFPD on the most trickiest of Homicides. That was for those of you who don't know about the main character. This book Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii deals with a lot of his phobias and hilarious times ensues for the reader. This book for me wa ...more
Cathy Cramer
I did enjoy the imagry of Hawaii in this book, and the descriptions of travel experiences. The gecko incident was funny. Although this book definitely had its funny moments, I still prefer "Mr. Monk Goes to Germany." "Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii" 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. A body in this book had been disfigured too grotesquely for me to ...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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“I found Monk at the kitchen table, where he was carefully folding in half a letter that was covered with his typewriter-perfect handwriting. He stuck it in his inside coat pocket. “Good morning, Natalie. Did you sleep well?” “Like I was hibernating,” I said. “You?” “I wrote a letter,” Monk said. It took him twenty minutes to sign his name on a credit card receipt, so I had no doubt it took him most of the night to write an entire letter. “To whom?” “Captain Stottlemeyer,” Monk said. “That’s nice,” I said. “I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.” “I’d like to stop and get it notarized on our way to breakfast,” he said. “You think they have a notary on staff?” “I don’t know,” I said. “But I’m sure a stamp” 0 likes
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