Monk Book 1: Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

By Crime Mystery Books on January 15th, 2012

Published in January 2006, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse is the first book in the Monk series and was written by Lee Goldberg.mr-monk-goes-to-the-firehouse

An interesting note about this book is that it’s the basis for the episode of Monk titled “Mr. Monk Can’t See a Thing.” If you’re a fan of the TV show, then you’ll remember this as the episode where Monk was temporarily blinded by exposure in a fire. It was a great episode—but most of them were! The book was adapted for the episode so don’t expect it to be a true replica.

Natalie narrates the Monk books, and I think that makes sense since having a book from Monk’s point of view couldn’t read well. He’s unique and great but for anything to feel real from his point of view, it would have to be a little tedious and crazy. I prefer something readable. :-)

Although the Monk series of books is based on the series, there are a  few problems here and there with continuity, but that’s the nature of publishing when TV is involved. However, the books are still strong, and the discontinuities are infrequent or minor.

Click here to buy Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse at Amazon

There’s a paperback, hardcover, and Kindle edition at Amazon. There’s also an ebook edition that will work with most ebook readers and a highly rated audio version available elsewhere too.

Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse Summary Description

Monk has nowhere to stay when his house is fumigated. Natalie doesn’t know why she does it, but she offers to let Monk stay with her and her daughter. Monk being Monk, Natalie’s house isn’t exactly clean and orderly enough to satisfy. The death of a firehouse dog and a fatal house fire lead Monk into a mystery that he must solve and he’ll have to dig through a lot of dirt to find the answer.

Sounds like Monk is in for more than he bargained for!

For more about the Monk television series, Wikipedia has a thorough article that is full of interesting tid-bits about the series.

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