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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Brief Reviews: The Cat Who Went to Heaven; Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out

by Elizabeth Coatsworth, YR, 1958,c1930, 62p, rating=4
Newbery Medal Award Winner 1931

A little cat and a compassionate Japanese artist bring about a miracle. "One of the thirty 20th-century children's books every adult should know."--The Horn Book
This is right up my alley.  A lovely story of compassion with Asian flair.  It also included beautiful illustrations and short songs. 

I think those who like Buddha teachings would find this interesting.

Mr. Monk is Cleaned Out by Lee Goldberg, book #10, AF, 2010, 289p, rating=4

In the midst of a financial crisis, the SFPD fires Adrian Monk as a consultant. Monk figures he can live off his savings for a while. Then Natalie learns that Monk invested his money some time ago with Bob Sebes, the charismatic leader of Reinier Investments, who's just been arrested on charges of orchestrating a massive $100 million fraud. All of Sebes' clients-including Monk-are completely wiped out.

When the key witness in the government's case against Sebes is killed, Monk is convinced that Sebes did it, but the man has been under house arrest with a horde of paparazzi in front of his building 24/7. Monk may be broke, but he's got plenty of time on his hands to solve this latest mystery... (Goodreads)
Man, did I have a great big smile when I stumbled into this book at the library.  I love the Monk TV series and hadn't realized there were books too!  This one didn't disappoint me.  It was classic Monk funny!!  I was totally picturing all the characters and enjoyed the read!  This is the kind of mystery/detective stories I like ... clean language, funny, and clever.  I get a big thrill at Mr. Monk's summations ... if you've watched the series, you know what I mean.  :)

A definite treat for Monk fans because as I understand it, the books are stories between the TV episodes so they're new cases.  How cool is that?! 


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  2. I'm so glad that you enjoyed my book!
    You're right -- the books are all original stories. That said, my first MONK book, MR. MONK GOES TO THE FIREHOUSE, became the episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing." And my book MR. MONK AND THE BLUE FLU became the episode "Mr. Monk and the Badge." I hope you enjoy the other 12 books in the series as much as you did this one.


  3. Wow!! Mr. Goldberg, I am starstrucked!! Thank you for stopping by and making a comment. I do look forward to reading the rest in the series!! :)

  4. My pleasure.
    Hey, maybe you can answer this question for me, since you seem to be a big Harry Potter fan.
    What happened to Voldemort's nose??


  5. Mr. Goldberg, you're going to give me a heart attack! 2 comments in one day! I'm a happy camper ..we're having a conversation. Anyway, to answer your question, I don't know yet. I understand that the answer is towards the end of book #4.. which I'm only half way through, so when I get there I'll be sure to let you know. :)

    BTW, I just bought your #8 Monk book (it was on sale) and #7 is on deck to read.


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