By Lee Goldberg
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Adriana said on Nov 10, 2011, 21:21
This is the second installment of novel adaptions of the TV series, Monk. I enjoyed this one even more than the first title, Mr Monk. Goes To The Firehouse.
Monk on holiday is hilarious and how he manages to travel on a plane is worth the cover price alone. But what truly gave this title the edge for me was the fact that Monk comes up against a character very much like the psychic John Edwards and his TV show, Crossing Over. The way Monk exposes the fraud of psychics is very clever: Lee Goldberg must have consulted with professional magicians to get the inside story of how these frauds dupe their audiences. For any sceptics out there, this book is worthy of an honourable mention in the battle against obscurantism and flim-flam. Well done Mr. Goldberg.
Generally, the story is engaging and clever, Mr. Monk fascinating, and the humour up to the standard set in the first title of the Mr. Monk series. The backstory of Monk's personal life and the murder of his wife is again tantalizingly fleshed out, and we learn some intimate details of Monk's life and wife.
Great pulp entertainment, and very educational for sceptics of psychics and spiritualism, too. I found the techniques used to set up television audiences of shows like Crossing Over to be particularly fascinating, easily up to the rational sleuthing of a Joe Nickel or a Skeptical Enquirer exposé.
Ramnagel said on Jun 07, 2010, 14:43
Mr. Monk is a lovely, endearing and fascinating character, as much as he is unnerving.
He had the potential to be a new Sherlock Holmes, unfortunately, Lee Goldberg is not Conan Doyle, and this is clear both in the plot and the writing style.
In the end, this is not a masterpiece, but still a pleasant book that can be easily enjoyed.
Federico said on Jul 17, 2008, 13:23