Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu (Mr. Monk Series #3)

Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu (Mr. Monk Series #3)

by Lee Goldberg

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ISBN-13: 9780451220134
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Series: Mr. Monk Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 352,373
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Goldberg has written episodes for the Monk television series, as well as many other programs. He is a two-time Edgar Award nominee and the author of the acclaimed Diagnosis Murder novels, based on the TV series for which he was a writer and executive producer.

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Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu (Mr. Monk Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
DanaMentink More than 1 year ago
--Ever since Monk discovered a while back that the kindly old woman I used as a babysitter murdered her husband and buried him in her backyard, day care has been a problem for me.

Call me hooked! I love a laugh out loud mystery but they¿re not all that easy to find. I hit upon a real winner with Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu, by Lee Goldberg. Before I begin, I should confess, I¿ve never seen the Monk show so I can judge this book purely on its own merits. I was entranced by the wonderful relationship between the nutty Monk and his faithful sidekick right from page one. It opens with a crime scene unfortunately located in a dog park and Monk¿s horror at having to approach the canine mine field is hilarious. The humor runs strong throughout the story but not at the expense of the mystery thread. I thought the astrological chart connection was ingenious (I resist the urge to spoil anything here) and the ragtag collection of oddball cops that Monk must bring in when he is promoted to chief during a police strike add a great dimension also.
Monk¿s genius is a double edged animal as he is in perpetual state of anxiety. He sees what¿s wrong in the world and his burden is to set it right. With an almost Sherlockian ability to make connections from the seemingly random, his struggle is both heartwarming and hilarious. Picture a tactical assault team ready to storm a building. One of the cops asks a Kevlar vested Monk if he is carrying a weapon.

--Monk reached into his pocket and pulled out half a dozen packets of disinfectant wipes. ¿They kill germs on contact,¿ Monk said.
Wyatt grimaced in disgust. ¿Remain behind me and take cover when the shooting starts.¿
Monk nodded. ¿And when should I begin cowering?¿

Now this is a hero I want to read about. I¿m looking forward to enjoying all of Lee Goldberg¿s Monk series. Who knows? I may have to break down and watch the show. Nah. Books are always better anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the tv show and the book was just as good or better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr monk is a good friend sometimes and a jerk others... ilobe him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My wife really likes the Monk books and tv show. These will be be a Christmas gift as were the last 3 Monk books that she got for her birthday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a HUGE fan of the show, but this book just made me want to buy every one in the small colection of Monk books they make. This book was just like a really Interesting Long Episode that just made you want to keep reading and reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the only problem i had was julie came off as a 8 year old in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't normally like mystery books but this one was amazing! I had seen the TV show of Monk and when I saw this book at the bookstore I knew I needed to try it out. I read it and WOW! The way Monk solves the murders is amazing. The writer of this book did a magnificent job of illustrating the characters. Overall a great book.
jennifer146 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
¿Mr. Monk and The Blue Flu¿ is my second favorite book in the series after ¿Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants¿. In this book, most of the San Francisco police department calls in sick due to poor pay and the fact that police officers can not go on strike. The mayor is left without most of the city¿s police force and is forced to rehire some of the officers that the city has had to let go in the past. Due to the high amount of cases that Monk has solved for the city as a private consultant, Monk is hired on as the acting captain of homicide, temporarily taking over Leland Stottlemeyer¿s position. It¿s great to see Monk back under the employ of the SFPD again. I would love to see this book adapted into an episode of the series, as ¿Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse¿ was adapted into ¿Mr. Monk Can¿t See a Thing¿. The book really does feel like a long episode of the television series.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Wow. Plenty of murders here for Monk to solve, plus the entire upper echelon of the SFPD have come down with the blue flu. (Their contracts were up for negotiation and their union leaders could not get what they wanted.) Monk is reinlisted as Captain of the homicide department while labor negotiations are at a standstill. His team that is reinstated are not the level headed people you might want for your average homicide detective. There is the cop that needs his anger management counselor with him (he was kicked off the force for being a tad trigger happy, the paranoid ex-undercover cop (who has her psychiatrist with her), and the doddering senile grandpa (who has brought his granddaughter with him to remind him who he and everyone around him is). Tough as it might seem to get these people to work, they solve every homicide thrown at them. Another exceptional showing from Mr. Goldberg. I have to say that I did not expect to enjoy this series and picked up my first one to see how bad it was or maybe for it's novelty value. But this series is true to the show and the characters and very enjoyable. It does not read like a script, but as a novel all in itself. Brava.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The third in the tie-in series finds Monk filling in as homicide captain while the department is on strike. Yet his "team" is worse off then he is. Good mystery with some very funny scenes. Recommended either way, but most definitely recommended for fans of the TV show.
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