Friday, August 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Mr. Monk Helps Himself

 Thank you to Teddy for organizing this blog tour!


Mr Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
4/5 stars
NAL Hardcover, 2013
286 pages
Adult Mystery Series

Source: Received a copy for this tour in exchange for an honest review.

I am a big fan of the TV show "Monk" and enjoyed reading every single book from Lee Goldberg that continued the story of Monk. Thus I was sad to read that he was stepping down from the series as I was unsure if that meant it would be continuing. Luckily Hy Conrad was there to step in and as a writer for the series, I felt confident he would remain true to the spirit of Monk and provide another enjoyable outing.

I was thrilled by the development at the end of the previous book of Natalie deciding to go for her PI license that would enable her to partner with Monk instead of merely serving as his assistant. Of course, Monk is one of the people most resistant to change so there are going to be some issues! Her first challenge is when she believes there is a case worth pursuing (the apparent suicide of her self-help mentor Miranda Bigley) but Monk does not, preferring to aid the San Francisco Police Department in their case involving a clown, despite coulrophobia's ranking in his list of 100 phobias. I loved seeing Natalie start calling him Adrian as a step toward demonstrating their new relationship and his reaction to that change. She puts up with a lot but she also seems to have a handle on how to get what she wants from Monk.

With a new author, there is always the chance of it being rocky. I personally couldn't see much of a difference in their writing styles other than a renewed emphasis on Monk's binder of phobias. I thought the two mysteries were not always well-balanced and I have mixed feelings about the portrayal of Monk's girlfriend, Ellen Morse, owner of Poop, that have been lingering ever since she was introduced. I adore how her relationship with Natalie has developed but sometimes Monk is just so disrespectful to her. I have trouble understanding why she stays.

Since my parents and sister also eagerly consumed this book, I asked them to contribute a few thoughts.
Mom (Reader1809): Natalie comes across like a real person who I'd want to be friends with-I like her flaws and how she puts up with Monk.
Dad: Needed more murders
Sister: It was fine, whatever, leave me alone (she's a teenager so yeah...)

Overall: Continues the series in fine style; I am eager to see what other stories Conrad has prepared for us.

12 comments:

  1. I've never watched Monk -- and I'm always kind of wary of books based on movies and TV shows -- but so glad you enjoyed this one!

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    1. I think this is very true to the spirit of the show and as someone who was sad when Monk ended, I'm happy to get to go back and visit the world.

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  2. I love reading these with my mom. I've been curious about how the new writer would do since I loved the Lee Goldberg's so much.

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    1. I honestly couldn't really tell a difference-I think both are very faithful and respectful to the show.

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  3. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Mr. Monk so much!

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    1. Thank you for organizing this-I'm happy to share my review!

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  4. I always enjoyed the tv show--each one was substantial enough to be good. Love your dad's comment about the book! :) I like it when they are successful in translating the show to books.

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    1. I thought his comment was pretty funny-to the point!

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  5. Thank you so much for reviewing my book -- and for the great comments from your readers. It's been fun to take over the Monk book series. I hope you'll review the next one which comes out in January 2014.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by-I really look forward to more of your stories!

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  6. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this book. I am the last stop on this book tour. :)

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