Mr. Monk Helps Himself (Mr. Monk Series #16)

Mr. Monk Helps Himself (Mr. Monk Series #16)

by Hy Conrad

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ISBN-13: 9780451240941
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Mr. Monk Series , #16
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 455,927
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Hy Conrad was one of the original writers on the USA Network television series Monk and stayed with the series for all eight seasons, acting as coexecutive producer for the last two seasons and garnering three Edgar® Award nominations. In addition, Hy was head writer of the webisode series Little Monk and served as consulting producer and writer on the USA series White Collar. He is the author of hundreds of short stories, dozens of interactive mysteries, and ten books of solvable whodunits, sold around the world in fourteen languages.

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Praise for the Monk Mysteries:

"An entertaining and ruefully funny diversion that stars one of television's best-loved characters."--Honolulu Star Bulletin

"[A] lighthearted, enjoyable whodunit."--San Francisco Book Review

"Hilariously funny and devilishly clever...an impossible-crime lover's delight."--Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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Mr. Monk Helps Himself 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Natalie's new self-help guru commits suicide in the middle of a public event, but she's convinced it is murder. Meanwhile, Monk is hired to find the killer of a clown, one of his top 100 phobias. This is going to be the biggest test of their new partnership. This is the first tie in novel not written by Lee Goldberg, but since Hy was a writer on the show, he already knows the characters. He's picked up from where Lee left off, and fans of the show and the books will love it. Laughs, good mysteries, and great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you wait a year from reading Lee Goldberg's final Monk novel to reading Hal Conrad first. Then I think the transition will be a lot smoother. Mr. Conrad's writing STILL places you right smack dab in a Mr. Monk episode ... just as Mr. Goldberg did.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only rated this a three as – it just wasn’t as well written as the others in the series. There was a spark missing – the chapters seemed to just stop, Monk wasn’t really Monk and Natalie wasn’t really Natalie…kind of boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monk books have lost the humor that is essential to the enjoyment of this wonderful series . I have laughed at many of monks escapades. I know that this is the first book written by this new author, so it may take awhile to get the humor of monk. I miss the laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still good, not great. Not laugh outloud funny like Lee Goldberg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lolol good monk is cute
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Hy Conrad's writing in "Mr. Monk Helps Himself" is refreshing as he keeps Monk alive.  Mr. Conrad's portrayal of Monk in his books is a bit more phobic than he was in the series, personally I like this Monk much better than the annoyingly obsessed Monk. I found the plot to be clean and exciting, but with a bit to much of Natalie and not enough of Monk himself. Needless to say I totally enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to all Monk fans. If you loved the series Monk, then you will need to read Hy's books on Mr. Monk! This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
This is the first Monk by Hy Conrad (prev. L. Goldberg). I don't know what it is like for readers but I find it hard to separate the TV character images from the books. Not sure Conrad has the character of Monk completely right. His OCD and quirky helplessness are what make him such a comical character. Although we didn't see a lot of him in this book, as the focus was on Natalie and her career, what we did see seemed harsh and selfish at times. Monk is logical even when being completely illogical and not mean spirited or insulting. In this book he comes off that way in his interactions with the most important women in his life. He also encounters and agrees to situations he wouldn't normally be capable of. I think the author needs to take a closer look at what really makes Monk tick or not tick at all. Other than that it was a pleasant and entertaining read. Monk is a character that amuse me to no end. It shouldn't but it does. I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was excited that the series was continued after Lee Goldberg said he was going to stop writing Mr Monk mysteries, but I was slightly disappointed in how Monk's character changed. In this book Mr Monk purchases things on the internet and references twitter while past books have always emphasized his vast knowledge of random facts but how he did not know much about pop culture. I guess it is possible since he learned how to surf the net in an old tv episode. However I am still happy that his books are continued despite these discrepancies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was worried after the author of these delightful books changed that the series wouldn't be as good but it's just as wonderful and true to the series as ever!
kaydeb More than 1 year ago
I agree with the reviewer who wrote "Don't read this. Remember the characters as they were" I also agree with "the most appealing part of a Monk book is missing: the humor". I'm up to chapter 6 (page 45) and no laughs yet. I thought it might be me not being in a funny mood. So, I started to reread my copy of Mr. Monk on Patrol (Lee Goldberg) and was laughing by Monk's comments by page 7. The author's note by Hy Conrad admits that he was a mystery write for the Monk show and the other writers were the comedy. This explains the lack of laughs in this book. I will probably finish it, but may never buy another Monk book by him. The publisher needs to reconsider Hy Conrad and choose another of the comedy writers from the Monk show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't read this. Remember the characters as they were. Mr. Conrad has changed all of them, but what he has done to Mr. Monk is ugly. He's nothing like the Monk of TV or Mr. Goldberg's books. We know Monk as a sweet guy who cannot help the inconsiderate and sometimes terrible things he does. However, he is portrayed in this book as a jerk who does many of these things just to annoy others. Also, Natalie is written as a much weaker character than before. Mr. Conrad's writing is just plain awful. Several times, he seems to forget that he's writing from Natalie's perspective and tells how other characters feel (even at times when Natalie is not there). Worst of all, the most appealing part of a Monk book is missing: the humor. How can we do without it? Better to skip Conrad's version of Monk and move on to something else.