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An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad. It’s compulsive, page-turning fun. Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.   An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place...   After failing to win back his girlfriend Ellen in Summit, N An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad. It’s compulsive, page-turning fun. Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.   An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place...   After failing to win back his girlfriend Ellen in Summit, New Jersey, Monk returns to San Francisco where he is surprised to find another relationship has taken a new turn. Natalie decided to make things official by setting up an office for Monk and Teeger, Consulting Detectives. With Monk’s typical response to change of any kind, they have more than a few wrinkles to iron out of their new routine. But when Lieutenant Amy Devlin comes to them for help, it’s time to stop bickering and get to work.   A disgruntled employee of a small import business, Wyatt Noone came into work one day and started shooting, killing three coworkers and leaving one female hostage severely wounded. Spotting Wyatt through the office windows, the police surrounded the building, but he still managed to disappear—leaving Lieutenant Devlin with a messy and baffling mystery on her hands.   Visiting the bed-ridden survivor, Sarabeth Winslow, Monk finds her to be helpful, cooperative and—now that he’s on the rebound from Ellen—quite charming as well.  But as he and Natalie try to track down Sarabeth’s assailant, they discover that Wyatt has left barely a trace of his past behind, almost as if he managed to disappear from existence all together…    


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An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad. It’s compulsive, page-turning fun. Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.   An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place...   After failing to win back his girlfriend Ellen in Summit, N An all-new story starring Adrian Monk by Edgar® Award–nominated Monk screenwriter and coexecutive producer Hy Conrad. It’s compulsive, page-turning fun. Obsessive. Compulsive. Detective.   An all-new original mystery starring Adrian Monk, the brilliant investigator who always knows when something’s out of place...   After failing to win back his girlfriend Ellen in Summit, New Jersey, Monk returns to San Francisco where he is surprised to find another relationship has taken a new turn. Natalie decided to make things official by setting up an office for Monk and Teeger, Consulting Detectives. With Monk’s typical response to change of any kind, they have more than a few wrinkles to iron out of their new routine. But when Lieutenant Amy Devlin comes to them for help, it’s time to stop bickering and get to work.   A disgruntled employee of a small import business, Wyatt Noone came into work one day and started shooting, killing three coworkers and leaving one female hostage severely wounded. Spotting Wyatt through the office windows, the police surrounded the building, but he still managed to disappear—leaving Lieutenant Devlin with a messy and baffling mystery on her hands.   Visiting the bed-ridden survivor, Sarabeth Winslow, Monk finds her to be helpful, cooperative and—now that he’s on the rebound from Ellen—quite charming as well.  But as he and Natalie try to track down Sarabeth’s assailant, they discover that Wyatt has left barely a trace of his past behind, almost as if he managed to disappear from existence all together…    

30 review for Mr. Monk Is Open For Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Cushing

    So disappointed in this book. This is the first Monk book I haven't been comfortable giving more than three stars to. It starts off with a summation of the breakup between Monk and his girlfriend Ellen that was so Let's Tell A STory that it made me wonder if I had missed a whole book somewhere (I hadn't). Then there was Monk's 'rebound', which was just ridiculous considering how long it took him to even consider women after his wife's death. And the mystery set up was so ridiculously easy, I fig So disappointed in this book. This is the first Monk book I haven't been comfortable giving more than three stars to. It starts off with a summation of the breakup between Monk and his girlfriend Ellen that was so Let's Tell A STory that it made me wonder if I had missed a whole book somewhere (I hadn't). Then there was Monk's 'rebound', which was just ridiculous considering how long it took him to even consider women after his wife's death. And the mystery set up was so ridiculously easy, I figured it out as soon as it was presented - Monk being blinded by 'attraction' is a poor excuse. And some naggingly out of character moments, like Monk inviting a third person to a dinner party, making for five people total FIVE? Monk would never- if he invited one person to join them, he'd say they had to bring someone along to keep the numbers even. The only good part of the book was the progression of Monk and Natalie's new detective office, and the relationship between Natalie and her daughter Julie. I think it would be an interesting direction (and in character!) if Julie becomes their intern. I will keep reading the series because I love Monk so much, but I really hope the next offering in the series returns to the usual quality writing I have enjoyed from previous volumes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saba N Taylor

    Not my normal rating for a Monk novel but it was still a fun ride. Monk seems a little different in this book, not his normal self. That is what threw me off for a bit. Monk and Teeger open their own agency and takes on a big case the very first day they open their doors. A lawyer's client, Henry Pickler is in jail on suspicion of killing a man in his field but Pickler is not talking, not even to his lawyer. Another case they take on at the same time is a case that Amy Devlin has brought to them. Not my normal rating for a Monk novel but it was still a fun ride. Monk seems a little different in this book, not his normal self. That is what threw me off for a bit. Monk and Teeger open their own agency and takes on a big case the very first day they open their doors. A lawyer's client, Henry Pickler is in jail on suspicion of killing a man in his field but Pickler is not talking, not even to his lawyer. Another case they take on at the same time is a case that Amy Devlin has brought to them. A man named Wyatt Noone kills his coworkers leaving one badly shot but manages to escape under the noses of the police force, including Amy Devlin. With her reputation and career on the line she gets help from none other than Monk and Teeger. Monk is on the rebound after his girlfriend dumped him for getting her brother arrested. Now, he is in love with Sarabeth, the lone survivor of the shooting spree. As Monk and Teeger investigates, a lot of things don't add up and with Monk's attention else where, Teeger has to a lot of leg work. But she manages to get Monk's head back in the game before it is too late and they catch the real killers in both cases.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What a difference a different writer makes! This latest in the Mr. Monk franchise finds the obsessive-compulsive detective guilted by his long-time assistant Natalie into opening an office in a strip mall. Newly broken up with the woman he had fallen for, Monk and Natalie are investigating a murder for an attorney (her client was found in a compromising situation with a corpse, but refuses to explain why), when they are called to a shooting at an office which left three dead and one wounded. The What a difference a different writer makes! This latest in the Mr. Monk franchise finds the obsessive-compulsive detective guilted by his long-time assistant Natalie into opening an office in a strip mall. Newly broken up with the woman he had fallen for, Monk and Natalie are investigating a murder for an attorney (her client was found in a compromising situation with a corpse, but refuses to explain why), when they are called to a shooting at an office which left three dead and one wounded. The shooter, however, somehow escapes the police barricades, giving the policewoman in charge a publicity disaster. Less emphasis on the various quirks of Mr. Monk in this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terri Palermo

    It was good to see another Monk mystery but I have to say I found Lee Goldberg's more laugh-out-loud funny. I'll try another of Mr. Conrad's though. It was good to see another Monk mystery but I have to say I found Lee Goldberg's more laugh-out-loud funny. I'll try another of Mr. Conrad's though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    While this installment of the Defective Detective was enjoyable and entertaining, it lacked some of the whimsy and careful detail to clever plotting that we have seen in installments written by Lee Goldberg. This time, Monk and Natalie are back in San Francisco, though Randy Disher remains police chief on the other side of the country in New Jersey with former Monk caregiver, Sharona. Back in familiar territory, Natalie springs a surprise on Monk-- she opens a detective agency since she has rece While this installment of the Defective Detective was enjoyable and entertaining, it lacked some of the whimsy and careful detail to clever plotting that we have seen in installments written by Lee Goldberg. This time, Monk and Natalie are back in San Francisco, though Randy Disher remains police chief on the other side of the country in New Jersey with former Monk caregiver, Sharona. Back in familiar territory, Natalie springs a surprise on Monk-- she opens a detective agency since she has recently obtained her Private Investigator's license. How she met the stringent requirements for a California Private Investigator's license is ignored for the sake of fiction. Monk is at first resistant to the idea-- thinking he will be permitted to simply spend his time cleaning the office. But soon, there are a number of cases that the team is hired to solve. Conrad creates a clever plot and intriguing mystery, but sadly, telegraphs its solution so early in the story that it loses steam long before the conclusion. It really disturbed me to figure out both mysteries long before Monk did, and Monk is supposed to be a genius. The author doesn't showcase Monk's genius well enough to suit me. I won't give up on Hy Conrad, but I miss Lee Goldberg's handling of this series. It is fun to watch Monk work, but this time I felt that Monk was flat out missing all of the obvious clues. His obsessive compulsive disorder was comical and Conrad handled the humor fairly well. In one scene, an arrest is made immediately after a suspect leaves the restroom while still zipping up. The arrest is announced, but Monk insists that the suspect wash his hands before being cuffed-- SAFETY FIRST, he says. Classic Monk humor. Don't get me wrong-- I still enjoyed the book, but not as much as I had hoped.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    MR, MONK IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS by HY CONRAD Now that Natalie has her P.I. license, her and Monk have become partners. This story opens with Natalie showing Monk their new office space, no more operating out of Monk's home. Monk wants to celebrate by vacuuming the new office. Then the phone rings and Monk and Teeger have their first job. Daniella Grace the lawyer they met while on the cruise wants to hire them. From here it begins to get very interesting. Monk and Teeger are on her case when sudde MR, MONK IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS by HY CONRAD Now that Natalie has her P.I. license, her and Monk have become partners. This story opens with Natalie showing Monk their new office space, no more operating out of Monk's home. Monk wants to celebrate by vacuuming the new office. Then the phone rings and Monk and Teeger have their first job. Daniella Grace the lawyer they met while on the cruise wants to hire them. From here it begins to get very interesting. Monk and Teeger are on her case when suddenly Captain Stottelmeyer calls them. I cannot tell you anymore without spoiling what I consider to be one of the best monk books to date.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Azra

    If you're looking for a challenging read, this book certainly isn't it. However, if you're looking for a good escape for a little while, then this book can provide that. It was a quick read. I finished it in a few hours. This book reads just like an episode of the TV series, which isn't surprising since the author also wrote for the show during all eight seasons. All the usual characters, humor and twists are there, even Sharona somewhat makes an appearance. All in all, this book is a good read If you're looking for a challenging read, this book certainly isn't it. However, if you're looking for a good escape for a little while, then this book can provide that. It was a quick read. I finished it in a few hours. This book reads just like an episode of the TV series, which isn't surprising since the author also wrote for the show during all eight seasons. All the usual characters, humor and twists are there, even Sharona somewhat makes an appearance. All in all, this book is a good read when you just need to escape the world for a while.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Svatia Mueller

    Very easy read, just was I was looking for. Prety average writing. A good mystery though, as you'd expect from Monk. Very easy read, just was I was looking for. Prety average writing. A good mystery though, as you'd expect from Monk.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Al Menaster

    Held my interest, but not one of the stronger novels in this series. Not that funny, and Monk acts weirdly in inconsistent ways.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A good pool-side read. I don't watch the shows but I enjoy these cozy mysteries. This one had a few twists and turns to keep you guessing. I enjoyed it. A good pool-side read. I don't watch the shows but I enjoy these cozy mysteries. This one had a few twists and turns to keep you guessing. I enjoyed it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Liked how Natalie's daughter in this sequel played a perfect part in the plot. Congrats to Natalie on her achievements too. Liked getting better acquainted with some new characters. Liked how Natalie's daughter in this sequel played a perfect part in the plot. Congrats to Natalie on her achievements too. Liked getting better acquainted with some new characters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marnie

    Another fun Monk book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    M

    Love the TV series. Love the books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Jieyi Zhao

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow, interesting. This is one of the better Monk books. Didn't expect the twist ending of who Wyatt S Noone was, even though it's quite blindingly obvious. . Wow, interesting. This is one of the better Monk books. Didn't expect the twist ending of who Wyatt S Noone was, even though it's quite blindingly obvious. .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Monk, Monk, Monk. I miss this show and glad I can keep up with the characters with the novels.

  16. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/mr... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jeanie *Beware of Possible Spoilers* Now that the new Monk and Teeger Consulting Detectives office is open for business, Mr. Monk has a new place to obsessively clean and Natalie feels they can reflect the professional image that will attract more clients than their long-term affiliation with the San Francisco Police Department. If Mr. Monk doesn’t antagonize all of the other business owners in the strip mall where their office http://openbooksociety.com/article/mr... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jeanie *Beware of Possible Spoilers* Now that the new Monk and Teeger Consulting Detectives office is open for business, Mr. Monk has a new place to obsessively clean and Natalie feels they can reflect the professional image that will attract more clients than their long-term affiliation with the San Francisco Police Department. If Mr. Monk doesn’t antagonize all of the other business owners in the strip mall where their office is located, that is. Our Obsessive Compulsive Detective has let go of some of his neuroses over the years, at least enough to have had a lady friend (emphasis on “friend”) to have rejected him just because he found her brother guilty of murder. He now has his own chauffeur who is available when Natalie isn’t. And he even packs a lunch each day for himself and Natalie to eat at the office – very neatly prepared Spam sandwiches. This reader must be slightly OCD as well, as it is so hard to imagine Monk out with any female other than Natalie! M & T’s first official case is from an attorney whose client, Henry Pickler, is accidentally discovered in his back yard with a completely clean, new shovel and the still-warm, yet very dead body of a mobster’s henchman. He refuses to speak, either to his high-dollar attorney or his new PI team of Monk and Teeger. Before the body has even cooled off or Mr. Pickler could be broken down by Monk’s questions, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer of SFPD calls with an emergency. Their priority case is at a nearby company where one employee was shooting other employees. Police were aware of one known survivor, a young woman who had been shot but not fatally. SWAT and negotiators were in place. In short order, they get into the warehouse with EMT’s to rescue the lone survivor and find the gunman. Only the gunman is long gone, leaving only a little pile of clothing and shoes. Wyatt Noone, the reclusive accountant, is the accused gunman, and he seems to have disappeared into thin air. The victim, Sarabeth Willow, is at the hospital when the team of Monk and Teeger follow up with her. Not only is her story of the mysterious Wyatt surprising, but Adrian’s reaction to Sarabeth is even more stunning. He is gentle, kind, and caring, as if Sarabeth were his very own treasure. Monk, blinded in the blush of a rebound romance, can’t see beyond Sarabeth, leaving Natalie and Lieutenant Amy Devlin on their own to find Wyatt Noone. And when it is learned by the owner of the company, just arrived from Japan, that Noone had also embezzled from the company, Natalie and Amy know there is more to the story than what meets Adrian’s caring hands. It doesn’t matter how many Monk reruns I watch, or how many books I read, each one is like opening a new gift. With Natalie’s skillful narration, this book can stand alone easily or be read with the rest of the series. Adrian Monk is still an enigma, more than capable of solving crimes that others find impossible while still being one of the most neurotic individuals ever. Some of his traits are endearing, others annoying, and still others are wildly funny (such as the method he uses to cut his own hair). Natalie has become quite the professional businesswoman and PI. Her daughter Julie is now an adult and wants to be an unpaid intern for Natalie and Adrian. Adrian’s agoraphobic brother Ambrose, who still lives in the old family home, is now married to Yuki, a tattooed Harley-riding Japanese cooking expert. It is so hard for me to select just one favorite character, as they are like one large family unit – if you love one, you love ‘em all! Each character grows without losing a bit of their charm. That he took a risk on a lady friend rather than continuously mourn for his late, murdered wife, Trudy, is huge progress from the Adrian Monk we saw when the wildly popular television show ended its eighth year. He has not yet, however, given up using wipes after he comes in contact with anything he has not already sanitized, including the hands of those who aren’t aware that he doesn’t shake. He is still the same Monk, just a little less … different. I highly recommend this to every Monk fan! Adults of all ages will enjoy the latest offering in the Mr. Monk series, especially those who enjoy humorous cozies with mysteries that are not easily solved before Mr. Monk dissociates until his only focus is the crime. He still doesn’t need the internet, cell phones, or a GPS. The Obsessive Compulsive Detective is still “in”. And now he is Open for Business, thanks to Hy Conrad. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Adrian Monk struggles daily with OCD, but when it comes to solving crimes, nobody is a better detective. Many people fear change, but Monk’s aversion to any type of variation in his life goes far beyond most people’s. Unfortunately for Monk, his life is currently full of changes. The biggest one is that his former assistant Natalie Teeger is now his partner in their new detective agency, Monk and Teeger Consulting Detectives. Their first case is a tough one. A seemingly average guy comes into wo Adrian Monk struggles daily with OCD, but when it comes to solving crimes, nobody is a better detective. Many people fear change, but Monk’s aversion to any type of variation in his life goes far beyond most people’s. Unfortunately for Monk, his life is currently full of changes. The biggest one is that his former assistant Natalie Teeger is now his partner in their new detective agency, Monk and Teeger Consulting Detectives. Their first case is a tough one. A seemingly average guy comes into work, goes on a shooting spree, and then disappears. Monk strongly believes in an important witness’s innocence, but Natalie thinks the woman is hiding something. It’s up to Monk to find a way to deal with all the changes in his life, remain objective, and focus on this difficult case. "Mr. Monk is Open for Business" is a win for all Monk fans. If you were a fan of the television show, the books written by Lee Goldberg, or the newer books in the series by current author Hy Conrad, you will enjoy this book. This is the third book in the series written by Conrad and if you are worried he won’t handle the beloved characters properly, Mr. Conrad is a former writer and co-producer of the show, so Natalie, Monk, Julie, and the Captain are in good hands. Natalie and Monk have their usual rapport and make an even better team as partners than when Natalie was Monk’s assistant. Just as Goldberg’s books didn’t completely follow the ending of the show, neither does Conrad’s, but he is true to the characters and in many ways seems to be getting back to the basics of the series. I’m actually glad one of the characters and storylines introduced by Goldberg that was never a favorite of mine (Monk’s friend Ellen and her “Poop” stores), seems to be wrapping up. I really enjoyed this installment of the series. The plot of a workplace shooting is scary, but interesting and in the hands of Conrad had plenty of twists. The book is a fun read with Natalie as the narrator and her wry sense of humor when telling the story. I’m not sure I agree that Monk would have had such a blind spot regarding one of the suspects, but it does add a bit of a twist to the investigation. There is less slapstick and silliness in this novel compared to some of the earlier installments and more emphasis on the characters and the investigation, which I appreciate. Julie plays an important role in the book and it looks like she could become even more important going forward, which would be great for fans of that character. I’m not a detective like Monk or Natalie, but clues at the end of the book were pointing toward the strong possibility of another old favorite character returning to a larger role in future books. This is a great mystery that fans of Monk will really enjoy. Although it’s a well-written book, if you’ve never seen the show, I don’t know if you would have the same enjoyment of the book as someone who has grown to love these characters by watching the television series. This review was originally written for The Season EZine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Igor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good book but slightly disappointed with easy mystery and most of all the liberty the author takes to incorporate changes. Characters evolve, yes, but not this much. Severe OCD just doesn't get better so fast and easy. Good book but slightly disappointed with easy mystery and most of all the liberty the author takes to incorporate changes. Characters evolve, yes, but not this much. Severe OCD just doesn't get better so fast and easy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I am a fan of the Mr. Monk TV series and was really sad that it stopped. I have missed this extreme germaphobe and poster person for OCD. So for me this book was a continuation of one of my most favorite characters. One change from the series is that Natalie Teeger is the narrator and she does very well, acknowledging that he can be a pain in the neck but his detective skills are gold. Natalie is tired of their business being catch as can and decides that it would be better to have an office for I am a fan of the Mr. Monk TV series and was really sad that it stopped. I have missed this extreme germaphobe and poster person for OCD. So for me this book was a continuation of one of my most favorite characters. One change from the series is that Natalie Teeger is the narrator and she does very well, acknowledging that he can be a pain in the neck but his detective skills are gold. Natalie is tired of their business being catch as can and decides that it would be better to have an office for their detective agency. She knows that this will be a difficult for Monk to adjust to but it is a necessary step towards financial stability. Monk has just broken up with his current girlfriend Ellen who is distraught over Monk’s work leading the arrest of her brother. Julie, Natalie’s daughter is in college and is thinking of changing her plans to be a lawyer to being a detective. She pushes for an unpaid internship with Natalie and Monk. Julie is a great one for bouncing off ideas about the cases and does get into trouble with her mother by overstepping some boundaries. I hope that she continues to be a full character in this series. There are several storylines and I think it might have been better to eliminate one of them and concentrate on the main one. There is a triple homicide and a missing bookkeeper named Wyatt Noone. The mystery threw me, I didn’t guess what was going one until I was told in the book so I really enjoyed that. Also, because Mr. Monk was so hurt about his breakup with Ellen, he latches onto Sarabeth as a replacement girlfriend and this interferes with the solving of the case. Plus, there was another person with OCD who is arrested but won’t tell his story in order to defend himself. I thought was a very satisfying cozy and I really enjoyed being back with the characters that I love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love reading these Monk books. They are a lot of fun and I like that the newer books, continue where the TV series leaves off, at the end of its run. The latest book had a lot of great Monk moments that I really enjoyed. Many of them, I was laughing out loud during the scenes. But, there were a few moments I didn't feel were real Monk moments. I have a hard time believing, in this book and the other Monk books, Monk's romantic feelings toward Ellen, and the character in this book, Sarabeth. I I love reading these Monk books. They are a lot of fun and I like that the newer books, continue where the TV series leaves off, at the end of its run. The latest book had a lot of great Monk moments that I really enjoyed. Many of them, I was laughing out loud during the scenes. But, there were a few moments I didn't feel were real Monk moments. I have a hard time believing, in this book and the other Monk books, Monk's romantic feelings toward Ellen, and the character in this book, Sarabeth. I never felt, Monk had any romantic feelings for other women in the TV series, besides is late wife Trudy. So I don't really understand, why in the books, Monk is starting to be interested in other women. That's the only real thing, I wish would change. Trudy hardly gets mention by Monk anymore, and I am starting to miss, those heart felt moments when Monk talks about Trudy. Other than the romantic moments in the book, I really liked this one and looking forward, to the next book in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    It was so nice being back with a Monk book! These are just so much fun, and I love that the story has continued after the TV show ended. I must admit, I was happy to see Monk and Ellen break up. I never liked Monk having a girlfriend, because his devotion to Trudy was just so special and Ellen seemed to diminish it. That being said, I thought I would find Monk's crush on Sarabeth out of character, but I didn't. It reminded me of that one episode where he gets a crush on that woman everyone think It was so nice being back with a Monk book! These are just so much fun, and I love that the story has continued after the TV show ended. I must admit, I was happy to see Monk and Ellen break up. I never liked Monk having a girlfriend, because his devotion to Trudy was just so special and Ellen seemed to diminish it. That being said, I thought I would find Monk's crush on Sarabeth out of character, but I didn't. It reminded me of that one episode where he gets a crush on that woman everyone thinks is guilty, so since it had happened before I didn't find it that strange. It did seem to go on too long, though, and I truly hope we're done with Monk getting girlfriends in future books. (view spoiler)[The ending seemed to tease Disher coming back, and I really hope that's true! I love him and Sharona so much, and I think they could add a lot of humor to the books. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This book had too much going on at one time, seem like I have been reading it forever! My usual time with Monk series is a few days, then bam I am done! However, this book I would place down and go weeks without reading, then I would realize I needed to read, and would be lost over all the characters. I do admit it had an AMAZING ending! I was totally off about how it was going to end. I hate to have to rate this a two but overall I did not enjoy the book, I am a committed Monk fan, and enjoy th This book had too much going on at one time, seem like I have been reading it forever! My usual time with Monk series is a few days, then bam I am done! However, this book I would place down and go weeks without reading, then I would realize I needed to read, and would be lost over all the characters. I do admit it had an AMAZING ending! I was totally off about how it was going to end. I hate to have to rate this a two but overall I did not enjoy the book, I am a committed Monk fan, and enjoy the series, you cant miss a book. I think this is my 2nd book by Hy Conrad, and I am willing to give him a 3rd chance, I hope the next series Monk and the New Lieutenant will be better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Before Natalie and Monk can have an official grand opening for their new PI business, they wind up with two cases. First, there's the murder suspect who won't explain why he was moving a body in a vacant field. Then there's the mass shooter who vanished despite being surrounded by police. Both of these mysteries are great and kept me engaged the entire way through. The characters and their growth are wonder as well, and the humor had me grinning when I wasn't outright laughing. Fans of the series Before Natalie and Monk can have an official grand opening for their new PI business, they wind up with two cases. First, there's the murder suspect who won't explain why he was moving a body in a vacant field. Then there's the mass shooter who vanished despite being surrounded by police. Both of these mysteries are great and kept me engaged the entire way through. The characters and their growth are wonder as well, and the humor had me grinning when I wasn't outright laughing. Fans of the series will love it. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Will

    The first official case for Monk & Teeger, Private Investigators. Fans will like meeting cherished characters, but the series seems to be running down with Mr. Monk and the New Writer. I suspect that most readers will arrive at the solution (with another variation of the Chestertonian "Invisible Man") long before Monk does. I am also apprehensive the Conrad, after disposing of Ellen, is planning a "reset" on more the resolutions from "Mr. Monk and the End". The first official case for Monk & Teeger, Private Investigators. Fans will like meeting cherished characters, but the series seems to be running down with Mr. Monk and the New Writer. I suspect that most readers will arrive at the solution (with another variation of the Chestertonian "Invisible Man") long before Monk does. I am also apprehensive the Conrad, after disposing of Ellen, is planning a "reset" on more the resolutions from "Mr. Monk and the End".

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Natalie and Monk open their own detective agency. This is a fun story and all the characters are here helping to solve two new cases. Monk's girlfriend has dumped him (I am glad of that) and Monk is on the rebound. Monk's brother and his biker-chick wife are back from their honeymoon, and Randy and Sharona even get their two cents worth in with a teaser that perhaps they will come back to San Francisco. Natalie and Monk open their own detective agency. This is a fun story and all the characters are here helping to solve two new cases. Monk's girlfriend has dumped him (I am glad of that) and Monk is on the rebound. Monk's brother and his biker-chick wife are back from their honeymoon, and Randy and Sharona even get their two cents worth in with a teaser that perhaps they will come back to San Francisco.

  26. 4 out of 5

    L. Petunia

    I liked this book a lot. (But I've yet to read a Monk book I didn't like.) The mysteries were satisfying, and I liked the progression of Natalie and Monk's business. I don't like that Conrad seems to be writing out any change Goldberg made toward the end of his run with the series. ;-; Every new character seems to be headed out the door. I hope that doesn't wind up being the case. I liked this book a lot. (But I've yet to read a Monk book I didn't like.) The mysteries were satisfying, and I liked the progression of Natalie and Monk's business. I don't like that Conrad seems to be writing out any change Goldberg made toward the end of his run with the series. ;-; Every new character seems to be headed out the door. I hope that doesn't wind up being the case.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    This Monk is certainly better than the last, but still lacks the humor and imagination of titles earlier in the series. The plot was flat and dull. There were few subplots going on, especially those clever cases where monk walks into a situation and immediately sizes it up and is able to accuse the criminal. Conrad is getting better, but still needs some work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jon Greenhill

    This wasn't my favorite Monk book. Oddly enough the Monk's quirks are often endearing on the show but in this book he really came off as more of a jerk. Granted reading and watching often denote different emotions but he just came across as mean. The plot wasn't too bad and it wasn't a bad read. It just wasn't my favorite. This wasn't my favorite Monk book. Oddly enough the Monk's quirks are often endearing on the show but in this book he really came off as more of a jerk. Granted reading and watching often denote different emotions but he just came across as mean. The plot wasn't too bad and it wasn't a bad read. It just wasn't my favorite.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kloha

    I loved the television series. The books are horrible. The books have Mr. Monk doing things he would never do. I can't believe he would ever have a girlfriend. Ridiculous nonsense. Don't waste your time with this book series. I loved the television series. The books are horrible. The books have Mr. Monk doing things he would never do. I can't believe he would ever have a girlfriend. Ridiculous nonsense. Don't waste your time with this book series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Mr. Monk Is Open for Business is the 18th book in Monk series. This series might appeal more to those that were/are fans of the TV series. For the most part I enjoyed the story and characters, but Monk's OCD got in the way of really enjoying the book. Mr. Monk Is Open for Business is the 18th book in Monk series. This series might appeal more to those that were/are fans of the TV series. For the most part I enjoyed the story and characters, but Monk's OCD got in the way of really enjoying the book.

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