Mr. Monk Goes to Germany

Mr. Monk Goes to Germany

A Novel

Paperback - 2008
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Adrian Monk is on a roll, solving murders as fast as they come and not obsessively counting his cereal until it's in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can't tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers - the man responsible for his wife's death. Monk has to battle with his phobias and the unfriendly Polizei to find his man.
Publisher: New York :, Obsidian,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780451225634
Branch Call Number: MYS GOL
Characteristics: x, 275 pages ; 18 cm

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JCLJoyceM Nov 13, 2019

Monk's aversion to nature and foreign objects is tried to its limits when he heads to Germany, demanding to keep his regular appointment with his shrink. We read this aloud with many pauses for laughter, especially at the police report for a missing sock. It's not necessary to have watched the TV series to find this outrageously funny.

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iloveseaotters
Jun 22, 2019

** spoiler alert ** I'm going to start this review by saying that I read this for my husband. He passed away in January and enjoyed the Monk books, but he didn't get to read this one, although he was looking forward to it. I bought it for him a few years ago because he introduced me to the show and he lived in Germany for a while when he was in school. I think he would have liked this book. I, however, could only give it two stars because there were many things that I didn't like about this one....

(Spoilers coming...)

1. This one took forever to get into and I almost gave up on it more than once.

2. Too many murders in this one. It's been so long since I read the other books that I can't remember how many were in each book but this one seemed to have a lot. It started to feel kind of repetitive after a while.

3. I really like Natalie in general but I did NOT like her in this book. She was snarky and rude and just downright unlikable. I was disappointed that she accompanied Adrian to Germany although he wouldn't have been able to handle the trip alone. I get why she went. I just wish that she hadn't.

4. I didn't like how Adrian was always replying to things with "Hell no!". That was SO unlike him, even when he had taken the medication.

5. I HATED that Natalie punched Dr. Kroger in the face! She NEVER apologized or admitted that she was wrong, even after she realized that she had acted out of spite.

6. Even more important, I HATED that there was the suggestion that Dr. Kroger had something to do with Trudy's murder. He was my absolute favourite character and the idea that someone whom Adrian trusted so much just burned me up. The thing that drew me to this book was the fact that Dr. Kroger was a major character.

7. I expected more laughs and instead got very little. It just wasn't that funny which was disappointing. Previous books have made me laugh out loud but sadly not this one.

8. This book is not for the squeamish and I'm not referring to murder scenes. Those were fairly vague without being too descriptive but the beginning of the book deals with Adrian's neighbor who is a cannibal. Gross.

So in all fairness there were a few things that I liked. I loved the descriptions of the places they went and I found myself googling them (Lohr and the Santa's Village amusement park in California that Natalie mentions). Sadly Santa's Village is long gone, but the pictures that I found were pretty close to the descriptions.

I'm still going to eventually read the whole series of books ( and reading this one renewed my interest in "Monk" which has always been one of my favorite shows), but I just hope that subsequent books are better than this one.

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smichal
Feb 03, 2014

not as good as some other books in this series. very repetitive.

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