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Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out

(Mr. Monk #10)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 ratings  ·  90 reviews
"Monk's been swindled out of his savings-but now it's payback time, in the latest original mystery featuring everyone's favorite OCD detective. In the midst of a financial crisis, the SFPD fires Adrian Monk as a consultant. Monk figures he can live off his savings for a while. Then Natalie learns that Monk invested his money some time ago with Bob Sebes, the charismatic le ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by NAL (first published July 1st 2010)
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Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries, fans of Monk
Shelves: 2010-reads
What is there to say about Goldberg's Monk books? They're good. Period.

I laughed out loud a couple of times, spent some time with characters I love, read an entertaining mystery and had a smile on my face when it was all over. What more can you ask for?
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Man, did I have a great big smile when I stumbled into this book at the library. I love the Monk TV series and hadn't realized there were books too! This one didn't disappoint me. It was classic Monk funny!! I was totally picturing all the characters and enjoyed the read! This is the kind of mystery/detective stories I like ... clean language, funny, and clever. I get a big thrill at Mr. Monk's summations ... if you've watched the series, you know what I mean. :)

A definite treat for Monk fans be
Tina Hayes
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a mega Monk fan, I absolutely love reading the books in this series by Lee Goldberg. My son gave me this novel for Christmas, since he knows how much I enjoy Monk mysteries.

In Mr. Monk Gets Cleaned Out, Adrian not only finds himself and his assistant in a financial bind as he tries to solve a murder case he's probably not going to get paid for, he also has to deal with the horror of learning the only brand of water he drinks has gone of out of business. Humor ensues when Monk and Natalie tak
Sally taylor
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I have fun reading these books. It takes me back to watching the series which I liked. I usually don't like books based on tv shows, this is the exception.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

A very entertaining read that combined wit, mystery, politics and economical woes in a little box with a polished... Monk polished... bow.

I liked this book mainly because of it's easy going nature and how fun it was to read through. Told in the perspective of Natalie, Monk's assistant and friend, we are guided through the complications of Monk's life as he loses several things that are most important to him; his job, his life savings, his house and his water. H
William Gobbi
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story involved Mr.Monk and his assistant Natilie trying to discover the murder. This story takes place in a big city where crime is abundent. Monk also dose not like change so while trying to cope with the fact that his favorite water botteling company went bankrupd and is not selling water anymore and trying to find the killer Monk has alot on his hands.

This story was very intreguing and tries to pull the reader in with it's crime and punishment style. Monk is a very compulsive person and
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
An okay story. The multiple murders were more cohesive than in some of the other books.

I don't know why I do this. Why I keep reading Monk books even though they're pretty poorly written. I suppose because it's my favorite show ever, and I want to consume as much Monk as possible.

Everyone is out of character. Stottlemeyer is insecure. Julie is reduced to the role of "hormonal teenager." Monk is way more stubborn, more tactless, more oblivious, and all-around more irritating than in the show. (Bu
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh Monk Monk Monk... reading from the perspective of Natalie makes Monk seem whinier than normal....and less lovable... but still hilarious! Reading the exploits of Natalie and Monk try to hold a job and of course solve some mysteries made for a good, quick day. Can you guess why Monk doesn't like dalmations? Because their spots are so random! Only Monk could prove that a person on house arrest with an ankle monitor was the murderer ... but finding out how he proves it is the adventure
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm still absolutely loving these Monk books!

Watching Monk try to survive as a grocery store cashier, a pizza maker, and a clothing store salesman was hysterical. These books stay so true to the characters, and I really enjoy them.
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
Mr. Monk's life is falling apart - Summit Creek (the only bottled water he drinks) is going out of business; SFPD is facing another financial crises; Monk's investment manager, Bob Sebes who manages the Reinier Investment Fund is arrested for a massive Ponzi scheme. Hence, Monk is dehydrated, jobless and broke. Amidst his predicaments, Monk is still offering his service - for free - to solve the murders of prosecutor's key witnesses in Sebes' case, while Natalie is frantically looking for jobs f ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mr-monk-novels
I have enjoyed this series but marked this entry down to 2 1/2 stars because I don't consider arguing entertainment. (Which is why I watch very little on t.v.. Reality shows, dramas, even a lot of the news is either arguing or about one argument or another. Stop and check for yourself. But I digress.) Natalie argues with Monk. Natalie argues with her daughter. Natalie argues with the captain. Sooooo...other than all that, it was pretty good.
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Such fun, with Mr. Monk trying out different jobs and a mystery that seems impossible to solve, or at least, to prove.

Changes in his employment, housing, and water are challenging for him, and it's his therapist who tries to put a positive spin on his situation: "This crisis could ultimately turn out to be a very positive experience for him. He can learn that change is another word for opportunity." A good reminder, I suppose.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My husband and I are both reading the Monk books before going to Murder in the Magic City where Lee Goldberg will be the Guest of Honor. It's an added bonus that these books are large print! I highly recommend the Monk series as a light entertaining read, he is certainly a different kind of detective.
I enjoyed this one better than "Mr. Monk on the Couch," which I've also read recently.

I chuckled out loud a few times with "Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out."

Favorite quote:

"What Monk didn't like was the photos of the finished pizza, which looked like, as he put it, 'crime scenes on misshapen dough.'"
Lloyd Anthony
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant .
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Happy Monday to all. We are back from vacation and we have a big couple of big weeks in store for everybody. This week’ s lineup includes :
Monday-Mr. Monk/Lee Goldberg
Tuesday- Barry Eisler/Inside Out
Wednesday- Crashers/Dana Hayes
Thursday-Foreign Influence/Brad Thor
Friday-Mark Waid /Kingdom Come
Saturday-D.H. Dublin /Freezer Burn
Sunday-Blast From the Past /David Hagberg
We were on vacation last week and enjoyed every minute of it. One of the things I look forward to each year is winding down on a F
Spencer Brokaw
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recently picked up Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out, hoping that it would be as good as the last Monk book I read by the author. It was! The book starts off with the economic crisis of San Francisco, and Monk is fired from his job while in the middle of an investigation. Monk pursues the investigation without pay, because he was fooled into a Ponzi scheme by the man suspected of murder. Monk's character is enjoyable the entire way through! He works at a Grocery Store, a Pizza Parlor and a Fashion Store ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't rate this novel four stars because it is an incrediblly good mystery. Oh, there are a number of those clever Sherlockian moments as Monk acts in time to stop a number of crimes in progress that otherwise would have gone undetected. I love it (as does his aide, Natalie) when Monk says "This is what happened," and then goes on to explain how the clever bad guy's alibi doesn't work.

The real fun of this novel is watching Adrian Monk, the obssesive-compulsive defective detective, go through
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I was upset at the way Captain Stottlemeyer treated Monk for the most part of the book also at the way Monk seemed to take Natalie for granted. While Stottlemeyer refused to hire Monk, he had no qualm in using Monk OCD-ness in helping him to solve the cases for free. I could see why Natalie was being frustrated with both men. But the faith she had in Monk made me like her more now. Randy was his usual funny and kind self. Julie was still a snob and spoilt brat, although sh ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poor Mr. Monk! Our favorite OCD (Obsessive, Compulsive, Detective) has been called in once again to help the police with a case against a man accused of a Ponzi scheme that has bilked many, many people, organizations and charities our of their funds.

Captain Stottlemeyer delivers the bad news to him that he has been fired from his consultant position because the city is tightening its belt because of the economy. He is not that concerned as he will be able to live off his savings. He discovers t
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I LOVE these Monk books! They are written by the same man who wrote the TV episodes so they flow just like an episode does. The story is told by Natalie and it's fun to see her thought process while she deals with Monk.

SFPD has to let Monk go due to budget cuts. Then Monk discovers that he has had all of his money taken by a Ponzi scheme and his bank account is literally empty. Natalie goes above and beyond the call of duty by finding them several jobs in an attempt to generate some kind of inco
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
In the midst of a financial crisis, the SFPD fires Adrian Monk as a consultant. Monk figures he can live off his savings for a while. Then Natalie learns that Monk invested his money some time ago with Bob Sebes, the charismatic leader of Reinier Investments, who's just been arrested on charges of orchestrating a massive $100 million fraud. All of Sebes' clients-including Monk-are completely wiped out.

When the key witness in the government's case against Sebes is killed, Monk is convinced that S
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mr. Monk is very astute in many, many ways, but in other ways he lives with his head in the sand. So he is completely surprised to discover that he has invested his money is a massive Ponzi scheme and is completely broke. So is the city of San Francisco, meaning that the police department fires him as a consultant (again). His ever-resourceful assistant Natalie finds them several jobs, but Monk's phobias and OCD cause them to get fired time after time. And in the meanwhile, he is trying to solve ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amidst the tanking of the economy, Mr. Monk gets bad news on two fronts: the city fires him because it needs to cut back on expenses and he's flat broke. He'd put all his money into Bob Seles' investment firm because of his good name. That being because his name was a palindrome.

Now it's all collapsed because it was a giant ponzi scheme and Seles is under house arrest, an unbreakable warning device on his ankle. Reporters and police ring the house.

Then witnesses planning to testify against Seles
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, library, movie-tv
If you are a fan of the Monk series, you will like this book. You might even love it. Adrian Monk is a San Francisco detective with obsessive compulsive disorder. Fans of the television series will know that despite his annoying OCD compulsions, he is lovable.

Sadly, Monk's charm does not translate to the book. Instead, he comes across as a borderline insane, insufferable annoyance. Well, maybe he's a little like that in the show, but Tony Shalhoub gives Adrian Monk a lot of heart.

Probably the bi
Marti Martinson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I only got "Monked" when I was able to catch reruns in syndication. The cast and story-lines never failed, and neither did this novel. I could clearly envision the scenes and dialogue contained in the book. If anything, Adrian Monk, in print, may be even a little MORE over-the-top, which just makes it even better.

This would definitely have had to have been a two part episode as there is more than one murder and a whole lot of personal events from the fall-out of the financial scam the story crea
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
Mr. Monk has been fired by SFPD due to a financial crisis. He plans to live off of his savings until Natalie learns that he had invested all of his money with Bob Sebes who has just been arrested on charges of fraud. All of his clients' accounts are empty-including Monk's. It is humorous as Natalie and Monk try to earn a living at different jobs. At the grocery store, Monk rounds up the totals to be even numbers and other situations that only Monk could cause. Meanwhile, the people who are suppo ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A great read for fans of the series. I only had a couple of issues with the book. The copy of the book I had contained an odd number of pages, and the chapters all contained a different number of pages. Also, the word "midthirties" appeared in the book exactly as I have quoted it here. Of course, that is not a word and seeing it there distracted me for most of the rest of the book.

You will forgive my monk-humored critique. I honestly enjoyed the book very much, and would recommend Lee Goldberg's
Laura Cushing
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mr. Monk is the victim of a ponzi scam, having invested with a con man who has a palindromic name. To make matters worse, he's been let go from his consulting job due to rough economic times. He and Natalie go through a series of jobs that they are ill-suited to - worrisome to them as they need some income, but hilarious to the reader - while trying to solve a string of homicides related to the ponzi schemer.

Like all of Mr. Goldberg's Monk books, it's an enjoyable read that captures the flavor o
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, if you're nostalgic for the TV series, these books are a good way to bring back Monk. In this book, Monk finds himself in an economic downturn when he is laid off by the police department and then loses his life savings in a ponzi scheme. There are some funny bits about jobs he tries to replace his police work, and a rather clever outcome to the crimes. However, I couldn't get past some major inconsistencies, such as in the first book, he wouldn't go into a public bathroom without a hazmat ...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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