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Mr. Monk in Trouble

(Mr. Monk #9)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Ever since a 1962 unsolved train robbery made it famous, people have made their way to Trouble in California-s gold country-to search for the booty that train robbers supposedly dumped in the botched heist.When the museum watchman is murdered, Monk and his assistant, Natalie, are sent to investigate. Monk becomes obsessed with the legendary unsolved robbery, discovering a ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by NAL Hardcover
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gold fever. Mr Monk and Ms Natalie Teeger leave the city for the gold fields of the past in the little town called "Trouble".
Unfortunately for Mr Monk "Trouble" was a dangerous mess.


Halloween - a time for fun and disorder - Monk's main phobia.
Adrian Monk dreaded Halloween.
He didn’t like people coming to his house, he was afraid of children—whom he called “two-legged rats” and “plague carriers”—and he considered trick-or-treating a form of extortion. So I always tried to be around on Halloween ni
This is a mystery basic on the TV show "Monk", and this is the 9th book in the Mr. Monk series. I have read a lot of the other books, and Monk the TV show was one of my favorite shows. This book was not my favorite one, and I felt it was just ok. I love the Mr. Monk character, but in this book I did not get the whole Monk feel for this book. ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
For me, one of the more enjoyable original series that the USA Network created as part of their “Characters welcome” emphasis, was Monk. If Sherlock Holmes were an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder-suffering detective in the modern era, he would be amazingly like Adrian Monk. The OCD “business” in the series is usually done for laughs, but many of the scripts would simply turn on an observation that only someone exponentially OCD would notice. In a Monk mystery, things usually turn on some aberratio ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I've been reading this series in order (and also watching the TV series on DVD), and this is one of my favorites so far. Like the rest of these books, this one not only is great fun, but also has an ingenious mystery plot and plenty of quirky characters (with Monk the quirkiest of all, of course). In this one, Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie are investigating a recent murder and an unsolved 1962 train robbery in a Gold Rush town called Trouble. I loved the flashbacks, via a diary, into the ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2009
When a former SFPD cop is murdered in a former gold rush town, Monk reluctantly heads up there to find the killer. Along the way, he and Natalie make an interesting discovery about an ancestor. The passages from the past combine quite well with the modern mystery, making this another fun book for fans who are missing the show.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Goldberg gives Monk the Doc Brown treatment -- in a manner of speaking -- in this clever departure from the "usual" (if there is such a thing) Monk book. Lee Goldberg's MONK books are unfailingly entertaining and always well written. ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fast reading and easy too. Typical Mr. Monk stuff.
Michael crage
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
After trying to read magpie murders, this book was like ray of sunshine coming through the rainy clouds. It was humourous, interesting, and had mysteries to be solved. Mr Monk was asked to go by Captain Stottlemeyer to Trouble, California to figure out how a man who used to be a member of his police force. When he got there he found out that their was another mystery he had (was mentally compelled) to solve. But it was from 1944. Of course he solved all mysteries.
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009, mystery
Summary: The little town of Trouble just can't stay out of it-first it was part of the Gold Rush, then there was the still unsolved 1962 train robbery, and now a watchman, formerly of the SFPD, at the museum was killed. So Monk and his assistant Natalie are sent to investigate. While there they discover a family connection for Monk.

My family and I love the Monk books. While I stopped watching the show (except to catch the finale because he HAD to solve Trudy's murder-and he does), I still enjoy
Story switches back and forth between Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger investigating the death of a retired SFPD officer.

* Artemis Monk solves crimes and assays rocks in 1855
* Artemis Monk's assistant, , launders shirts and assists him
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Brianna Bowman
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I like the Monk series. This book puts a whole new perspective on his OCD and how he manages to keep himself together without having a break down.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This one is one of my favorites of the Mr Monk books! Funny and very enjoyable if you liked the tv show!
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Really loved this book. Loved the back and forth between past and future. Chalk this one up as a winner!
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Funny and engaging as always.
Veselina Velkova
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! I cant wait to read more about Monk and his adventures!
I loved this one, as I especially love the television series. This read like an actual episode, told from Natalie Teeger's POV.

Monk is definitely out of his element in a old western-style town, but it doesn't diminish his detective skills.

Included in this tale were journal entries of an assistant to another Monk -- from 150 years ago -- and it made for some great reading.

This is, like the TV show, a clean read, and is the ninth book in the series. I enjoyed it so much, I bought the first and s
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mr-monk-novels
Goldberg's characterization of Monk was off at the beginning (from what I remember from watching the entire eight seasons of the t.v. series, Monk could be insensitive, and rude in a self-absorbed sort of way, but never in an intentionally hateful or personal way) but it recovered and when combined with a unique plot (the flashbacks to Artemus Monk in the old West were great), this Mr. Monk novel earns a well-deserved 4 stars. ...more
Marie Summers
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having just enjoyed Mr. Goldberg's nearest book, I wanted to see what else he had written. Written from the point of view of Monk's assistant, this book cleverly takes Monk to an old gold mining town named Trouble. There are two mysteries to solve and stories of another Monk in gold- mining days. Delightful. ...more
Love the Monk series. This was not one of my favorites as I didn't enjoy the story going back and forth between the present time and the 1800s. ...more
Lloyd Anthony
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant .
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, very easy and fast read.
Monica Mason
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always good reads and bring me back to the show
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Monk and Natalie travel to the old gold mining town of Trouble to investigate the murder of a security guard, but Monk gets obsessed with a fifty year old train robbery.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Funny, just like the TV show I remember!
Mar 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Another day, another Monk book. :)
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
One word = troublesome
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lu-pariellement
Mr. Monk! What a troublemaker he is! I love Monk, I love his humor and his temperament. I don't like his detective plot very much, it's less interesting than in a TV series, I can't keep the interest of police investigations like the one I have when I read about Monk's reactions. ...more
Randy Grossman
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice mix of two Monk from the 1849 Gold Rush era and of course Adrian Monk. I had a feeling who the bad guys was, but it was still hidden pretty well till the conclusion. Natalie was not a whiny in this story and it seemed like Monk even learned a little compassion! I still have a few more in the series....look forward to reading them.
With a name like Trouble, it's no surprise the goldrush town is still somewhat of interest even after its original heyday. What also helps is an unsolved mystery with a lot of still missing gold. A simply irresistable case, even though Adrian Monk and his assistant Natalie, is in town for a different crime: Murder.

Having never seen nor heard of Adrian Monk, I was tempted by the book's tagline "The Real OCD (Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.)" Which sounded fabulously funny (in a "As long as I d
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Once again, Lee Goldberg RE-CREATES the flavor and fun of an episode of the defective detective in quality style. The reader is brought into Mr. Monk's strange world of phobias and sense of order in a comical farce and a decent enough mystery. In fact, in this case, there are a number of mysteries that Monk, and an apparent ancestor, solve.

Monk travels to an old gold rush town called "California".. meanwhile, Natalie begins to read the journal of a woman from the 1850's who was working for a the
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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, The ...more

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