"Monk himself isn't a licensed PI. For one thing, he's horrible at tests. Not because of the questions, but because he has to sharpen and resharpen the pencil and then fill in every circle so that it's completely black and within the borders. So it's up to me to get the license and incorporate and make our business legit. Monk and Tegger, Consulting Detectives."
~ Mr. Monk Helps Himself, Hy Conrad
Natalie is at a Best Possible Me retreat when the leader, Miranda Bigley, suddenly jumps off a cliff. Her death looks like suicide, but Natalie supects it's murder. Adrian Monk is also at the self-help retreat at Half Moon Bay, to rescue Natalie from this apparent cult. But Detective Monk, who suffers from OCD and has numerous issues with cleanliness, aardvarks, and other things, is mostly concerned about helping the SFPD solve the case of a murder of a clown, even though he suffers from intense coulrophobia, the fear of clowns.
My first impression of the Monk series is quite a favorable one. The title of this book is perfect, Hy Conrad's writing seems effortless, and the book is funny and riveting. I loved the humor that runs through the book, which brings us Monk's obsession with cleaning light bulbs, and a shop named Poop on Union Street, although the book has an affecting, underlying sadness as well, because Monk's wife, Trudy, was killed by a car bomb, which remains a devastating, unsolved murder. We have empathy for Monk, who was fired from the SFPD when his fears grew disabling, and hired back four years later as a consulting detective because of his keen ability to solve perplexing cases.
Although I like to figure things out myself whenever I read a mystery, perhaps most importantly, I've rediscovered something else--cozy mysteries are fun and entertaining! At least, good ones are. Additionally, Mr. Monk Helps Himself sparked my interest in watching the TV series, which I'd heard of but have never seen. (Naturally, I turned to Wikipedia for help in this area.) Monk (2002 - 2009; eight seasons) is an American detective television series created by Andy Breckman, starring Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk. Having read this one book, I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy watching the TV series as well, largely because the characters, especially Natalie, Monk, Ellen, and Devlin, are great. By this I mean that they're quirky and caring and likable; I'm eager to see these mysteries enacted (and I love another TV mystery series, The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series). I truly enjoyed reading this comedic yet heatrending mystery novel. More Monk, please!
Wonderful news! Author Hy Conrad is generously offering a copy of Mr. Monk Helps Himself as a giveaway to one randomly chosen reader. This giveaway is international (U.S./Canada, choice of print or ebook; ebook elsewhere)!
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Thanks to Teddy from Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this mystery novel. I am the last stop on this book tour. For more reviews and giveaways, please visit the other stops on the Mr. Monk Helps Himself book tour.