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Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants (Mr. Monk #4)

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The husband of Monk's former assistant, Sharona, has been arrested for murder. Now back in San Francisco, she's ready to reclaim her place in Monk's life—much to the chagrin of his current assistant, Natalie. While Monk tries to maintain a delicate balance between the two women, he discovers a few unsettling snags in the case against Sharona's husband, and may be up agains ...more
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Rob McMonigal
Apr 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a few years ago, I read Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii and enjoyed it quite a bit, which is rare for me with adaptations. So when I heard there was a Monk book that featured both Natalie and Sharona, I was intrigued.

I was also quite disappointed.

Goldberg, a veteran TV and book writer, allows himself too many cloying references to the fact that the actress who played Sharona left the show abruptly. They litter the first fifty pages so often that I almost stopped reading entirely, except that they tone d
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Julie
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I haven't read many books based on TV shows. I do like the Richard Castle books, but other than that, I haven't gotten into the tie in type books. I love this show, and when I saw this book at a library sale I thought I would give it a try.
I remember an episode similar to the plot in this book, but it's been a long time since I watched any of the TV episodes and I don't remember if the book was exactly the same as the show or different. I think it was different though.
Sharona's husband
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Anthony
I have mixed feelings about this one for a variety of reasons. I love the principal characters and enjoyed the interaction between Monk's assistants Natalie and Sharona. I loved how the book ended. But overall, the story was convoluted (purposefully, I suppose) and left me feeling yanked around too much. Although the scene in the church kept Monk true to his quirks and compulsions, it upset me. Thankfully, it did not end in outright sacrilege. Also, the depiction of a Catholic priest breaking th ...more
David
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the tv show monk
Shelves: fiction
I have probably watched about half to two-thirds of the Monk television episodes, and generally like the show, but generally disliked some of the editorial choices made.

This novel is told from the point of view of Natalie, his assistant, and what is inside her head is generally a lot whinier and less competent than what's displayed on television.

This is counterbalanced by several hilarious scenes with Monk, though they are only really funny if you've watched about ten or more shows.

Novelizatio
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Michelle
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this was a great story, I guessed the killer as soon as we were introduced to him. Just like Ludlow gave it away in the first few chapters, so does Goldberg.
Bill Williams
Jul 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I try not to curse in public and certainly not in print. But Oh. My. God. I hated this book.

Don't get me wrong, the first two, two and a half seasons of the show are top notch stuff. Back then, he was not totally loaded down with phobias due to the freak out of the week he needed to have to keep driving the show. I loved that initial sketch of the character. And I understand why Natalie narrates the books. It helps keep you out of Monk's head and makes you an observer of Monk, duplicating the v
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Dolly
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great whodun it mystery!
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Maxine
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the TV series, Monk. I watched it religiously when it was on the air and I own the entire series on DVD. I know - kinda nerdy - but Monk was such a great character.

So when I saw this book while browsing through the library, I decided to give it a shot. The thing is, though, what made the show so funny and the character so endearing was due, in great part to the visual, watching Monk try to avoid a classroom full of laser pen-wielding students or wearing a white hazmat suit to avoid some
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Scott Pagel
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My wife and I love the TV show. We’ve introduced several people to it and everyone loves it. One of my favorite things about the show (and the other shows I like on USA Network) is that the characters are so strong and you know what they’ll do and not do. You know them like you know your friends or co-workers.

In this book… many of the characters act out of character and they speak out of character. It isn’t too bad with Disher, Captain, and Sharona, but especially poor regarding Monk and Natalie
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Linda Johnson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy watching the Monk series, you will probably enjoy the books. They read like the TV show, so it's easy to imagine the characters playing their parts. The Two Assistants was a little more scattered than most of the stories.
Lisa
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just for fun....plot was a bit weak
Jamie Fugate
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants by Lee Goldberg - A Book Review

Grade: B
Format: Audiobook

I love crime/detective stories, especially when they are structured around two main characters who play off each other. My all time favorites in this category are the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and Mulder and Scully on the X-Files. Recent faves would be the Winchester boys on Supernatural and Mr. Monk and his Assistants on TV first and now in print.

I don't watch a lot of TV
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Julie Balazs
I quite like the tv show Monk. I like it because it's about MONK, who is funny and weird and looks/sounds like Tony Shalhoub. I always took this as a given. I mean, the show is called Monk.

Oddly, the book isn't about Monk at all: it's about Natalie and Sharona and their conflict as they attempt to stake their claim as Monk's assistant. The mystery is incidental, as is Monk himself, who is absent for the majority of the book. Straight up: Monk without Monk is a lot less entertaining than Monk wi
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David
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Lee Goldberg continues to put out wonderful novels based on this cool television series. Though I have not read them in order, each one seems better than the last I have read. This time around, Mr. Monk and Natalie run into Monk's former nurse and assistant, Sharona. When Sharona returns to Monk's life, Natalie (new assistant) feels threatened and jealous. After all, Monk has become like an odd family member to Natalie, and besides she needs the work. Sharona's husband is in jail in Los Angeles,
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Doug Warren
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really tend to rate books purely on how enjoyable and entertaining they are. Scholars and critics praise books like Gravity's Rainbow, while I can honestly say it was the worst I have ever read. It's with that mindset that I rate this book highly. Immersing myself in this book and the world of Monk took me back to the times years ago when I would binged watch Monk marathons. And I loved it. My one complaint would be that it seems at times the author overdoes. I know this sounds weird consideri ...more
Jennifer
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I read this book very quickly, it's a good read and saw it at Barnes & Noble HAD to pick it up. This book is based on the show "Monk" by the same name. In the series, Monk who is a obsessive compulsive detective has OCD. He has to have things in a certain way or he just won't work. He often complains and bitches when things don't go his way, just like a child does.

I miss the series, if you ever watched the series on TV you will love this book since its pretty like watching an episode but BET
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Rajan
Review incomplete :

This is a funny book. I liked the monk the TV series and book is equally good.

Monk is a obsessive compulsive detective who goes into depression when is wife is killed by a car bomb. He is thrown out of police force as he was unable to function after that. But as he is brilliant homicide detective, he is appointed consultant to SFPD.

Monk is portrayed as Sherlock but he works backwards. He first choose the culprit and then finds clues to implicate him. So he is no Sherlock aft
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Kent
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become a fan of Monk (we even have all seasons of the series on DVD). When I discovered a Monk book series I couldn't wait to read it. It was well worth the wait and I am sure to buy the others in the series. The book moves quickly, is well written, and involves hilarious images of Monk being...well Monk.

This story involves the reemergence of Sharona, Monk's first assistant. Her husband has been accused of murder and she wants Monk to investigate. Natalie, his current assistant does not
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Asteropê
My only real complaint is I felt at times (moreso than the previous books) it focused a bit too much on Natalie, rather than Natalie in her relation to Monk and his investigation. I understand why she's the narrator of the books, it makes sense to me. I think any book told from Monk's POV/mind would be too complicated, complex and it would give away the mystery too quickly - with Natalie as the narrator it's much like the TV show, watching Monk as an observer. I could just do with a little less ...more
Michelle
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the mysteries here and the fact that the author included Sharona as one of the casts. She was one of my favorite characters in Monk and very sad when she left the show.

Moving on to the plot, Sharona’s husband, Trevor, had been accused of murder. Instead of believing his plead of innocent, Sharona left him and moved back to San Francisco. In a chance meeting, she realized that Monk was no longer angry with her and that it was possible she could get her old job back as his assistan
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Laura Cushing
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently started watching the Monk series in reruns on tv, so I was excited to learn that there was a novel series too. I picked this up at the library at random, not knowing which was the first book in the novel series. It references some earlier events on the show and in books, but not to the point where it doesn't stand alone. In this novel, Monk's first assistant Sharona has returned - her ex-husband Trevor is accused of murder. Monk's current assistant Natalie finds herself threatened by ...more
Ken Heard
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Monk book I've read this year (I think I lost my review of the first one here). Like I had written in the previous (lost) review, a lot of novelizations of television programs don't often work. But Lee Goldberg does a fine job of replicating the television show in print.

The point of view of his novels are of Natalie's and it offers a good, unobstructed view of Monk's OCD issues. There's a scene in Two Assistants at a church told in Natalie's observation that is both hilarious
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Laura
This is the fourth book in the series. When I bought this one, I also bought the fifth, but I still need to get my hands on the second, third, seventh and eighth.

Anyway, very early on in the story, Natalie and Adrian encounter Sharona, who tells them that she is separated from her husband because he is in prison, accused of murder. Since the book is in first person, narrated by Natalie, we get to see Natalie's insecurity as thoughts of losing her job to Sharona grow in her mind. I liked the "riv
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Elmorulez
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good mystery
From the beginning of this book you understand who is who. The author Lee Goldberg did an excellent job of showing the extreme case of Monk's over compulsive disorder. As the story goes on there are twists everywhere as you join the mystery of this great book. If you don't like mysteries you will now as Mr. Monk faces what may be a criminal who actually understands him and may even be smarter then him. Every character in the book as something special about them and Lee Goldberg expresses all of ...more
Helen
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in 5 days.
Doesn't sound particularly impressive, especially considering Bex can read a book in 5 hours or less. But I'm a busy working mum with a writing hobby that takes up most of my free time. So this was fast for me.
It helps having a large print version. I'd recommend them, even for people with perfect eyesight. They are especially good for bedtime reading when your eyes are tired.
It also helped that it was a quick, easy read in itself.
For a change I worked out the perpetrator l
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Read1000books
I really loved the t.v. series, and have enjoyed the novels thus far. Why then the two stars, you ask? While the portrayals of the main characters in this story were usually spot on (especially Monk himself), Mr. Goldberg (or his editor) insist on REPEATEDLY inserting sexual topics into the dialogue, something that occurred only infrequently on the t.v. show. Let's get something straight, authors: SEX IS NOT PLOT!! Any twelve year old can write that stuff! Grow up, and tell me an intriguing tale ...more
Ellie
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Monk fan
I love the show Monk. Always have, probably always will. So when it comes to the book adaptations of one of my favorite tv shows, let me say that I was a little nervous that they would've screwed what makes Monk...well, Monk. But surprisingly, Lee Goldburg manages not only to capture the spirit of Monk, but he also manages to create new story plots that I can easily imagine Adrian Monk trying to cope with, whether it be having Sharona come back or him taking Stollemeyer's job (but that's another ...more
Alex
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly walked by a "to be shelved" cart in the library, and this book caught my eye. I was immediately excited - I LOVE Monk and had no idea it became a book series! I originally thought this might just be a novelization of the show, but it's actually an all-new mystery - and a search on goodreads shows me there is about 20 of these brand-new Monk mysteries. I cannot WAIT to devour all of these. It's like discovering an entire season of Monk that I've never seen!

This particular book had Shar
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Megan
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Scott
I was looking forward to this, considering that I thought Goldberg had done a remarkable job with the "voices" of the cast of Monk characters in the previous three Monk novels, and I was eager to see how well he handled the return of Sharona. Unfortunately, this novel came across rather flat for me. It isn't badly done, just not as well done as I would have liked. Sharona just didn't "feel" like Sharona to me. The mystery itself was clever, but enough clues got dropped along the way that I had p ...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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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 Blue Flu (Mr. Monk, #3)
  • 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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“I nodded. “I have to admit, though, that it’s sure nice to have my job back.”
“You never lost it,” Monk said. “It’s yours for life.”
“That long?” I said.
“Whether you like it or not,” Monk answered me.”
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