Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alright people this is take two. I couldn't seem to fix the problem with the original post so I had to start over :)
Now that Monk and Natalie are both in San Francisco again, life is almost back to normal for the duo, with one exception: Natalie is studying for her PI license, the last step to becoming Monk’s full partner.
Before taking the plunge, Natalie sneaks off to Half Moon Bay for a retreat run by Miranda Bigley, charismatic leader of the Best Possible Me self-help program, whose philosophy has helped Natalie deal with her recent life changes. But her plans for a relaxing weekend away are disrupted when Monk tracks her down, determined to rescue her from the �cult.” Their argument is cut short when Miranda, in full view of everyone, calmly walks to the edge of a cliff and jumps off.
Even though Miranda’s death looks like suicide—especially when it’s discovered that she was on the brink of financial disaster—Natalie is sure it is murder. But Monk brushes her off to help the SFPD solve the murder of a clown, despite his coulrophobia, or fear of clowns—number ninety-nine on his list of one hundred phobias.
As Natalie and Monk begin their separate investigations, they are quickly caught up in many precarious situations, but if they want to figure out whodunit, they will have to find a way to become true partners
This was a fun and totally Monk novel. I felt like I was right back in my living room watching the story unfold. The characters were well done and true to what I remembered.It was nice to see the story through Natalie's eyes. Mr Monk was as fantastic and bizarre as ever. Which makes him all the more lovable. And Quirky, and I love Quirky.
The mystery itself was great having a smooth build giving the
reader a fun storyline that you will not want to put down. This was one of those novels that unrolled in your mind just as a movie, or tv show could. I could really see the characters and all of their interactions.
I can't wait for the next one.