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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg Review

Title: Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

Author: Lee Goldberg

First published January 1, 2006

283 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780451217295 (ISBN10: 0451217292)

Rating: 3.9


Mr. Monk is facing a new challenge as his own workplace is undergoing renovation. Luckily, his reliable assistant Natalie extends her hospitality and offers him a place to stay.

However, the catch is that the place is not as clean and organized as Monk would like. As he struggles to adjust, a new case presents itself.

A fire breaks out in a local firehouse, and a dog’s death on the same night adds to the confusion. Monk finds himself in the middle of a complex mystery and realizes that he has to dig deep to find the truth, even if it means getting his hands dirty.

About the Author

Lee Goldberg is a well-known author, having achieved the prestigious status of being a #1 New York Times Bestseller. He has been nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Shamus Award twice.

You may recognize his name from his impressive TV writing and producing credits, which include popular shows such as “Martial Law,” “SeaQuest,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Hunter,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Missing,” “Monk,” and “The Glades.” Goldberg is also a prolific co-author, having worked with Janet Evanovich on the Fox & O’Hare series, which includes books like “The Heist,” “The Chase,” “The Job,” “The Scam,” and “The Pursuit.” He has written several novels of his own, including “The Walk,” “Watch Me Die,” “King City,” and the “Dead Man” series. Additionally, he has penned original mystery novels in the “Diagnosis Murder” and “Monk” series.

Editoral Review

Lee Goldbergs Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is the tenth installment in the popular series of mystery novels featuring former San Francisco detective Adrian Monk, who now battles his obsessive-compulsive behaviors while working as a private consultant. The book was first published on January 1, 2006, and it remains a classic of the detective genre.

With his characteristic wit and attention to detail, Goldberg delivers another engaging mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. In this latest adventure, Monk is called to investigate a suspicious fire at a firehouse that claimed the life of one of its firefighters.

As he delves into the case, Monk is faced with a series of unexpected twists and turns that will challenge even his finely-tuned instincts. The novel is set against the backdrop of San Francisco, and Goldberg beautifully captures the essence of the city, from its picturesque streets to its vibrant culture.

The setting becomes an essential part of the story, as Monk navigates the citys bustling neighborhoods and hidden alleys to solve the case. Goldbergs writing is crisp and engaging, drawing the reader into the story from the very first page.

One of the great strengths of Goldbergs writing is his ability to create memorable characters, and Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is no exception. From the lovable OCD-sufferer Monk himself to the supporting cast of firefighters and family members, each character is well-drawn and distinctive.

Goldberg takes his time developing these characters, building their backstories and motivations in a way that never feels contrived or forced. However, the novel is not without its flaws.

At times, the plot can feel predictable, and readers may find themselves ahead of Monk in solving the case. Additionally, the novels emphasis on Monks OCD tendencies can sometimes feel overwhelming, taking away from the mystery and tension of the story.

Overall, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is a satisfying addition to the Adrian Monk canon, blending intriguing mystery with well-developed characters and a captivating setting. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, and newcomers to the series will find an enjoyable entry point into the world of Monk.

While the book may not be perfect, it remains a classic of the detective genre, and a must-read for fans of the mystery and thriller genres.

Rating: 4/5