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Adrian Monk is on a roll?solving murders as fast as they come, and not counting his Wheat Chex until they?re in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr. Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can?t tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow, and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr. Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers. The man responsible for his wifeAdrian Monk is on a roll?solving murders as fast as they come, and not counting his Wheat Chex until they?re in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr. Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can?t tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow, and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr. Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers. The man responsible for his wife?s death?or was it just his imagination? Now Monk has to deal with his phobias and the unfriendly polizei to find his man....

Title : Mr. Monk Goes to Germany
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ISBN : 9780451225634
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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Mr. Monk Goes to Germany Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-03-20 16:32

    Some of Monk's behaviors really irritated me in this especially his refusal to accept the differences between Lohr and San Francisco as well as his treatment towards people with physical anomalies. In addition, him stalking Dr. Kroger to Germany was a little far-fetched even for Monk. He followed Natalie was understandable because she was his assistant and she did not do a good job in breaking the news to him but I remember an episode in the show where Dr. Kroger went on vacation and Monk did quite well without him.Mr. Monk in the book series seemed less human and more like an OCD walking machine to me while Natalie was edgier. Tony Shalhoub and Traylor Howard definitely put a lot of hearts into their characters since I loved the duo in the show. Nevertheless, the mysteries were quite good and the description of sights by Natalie made me feel like I was there with them. The author did a good job in describing the places without getting winded up so that definitely went to my good book.

  • Sandy
    2019-02-18 17:48

    Monk finds out his shrink is going away for a week and determines to keep his appointments anyway. He and Natalie follow Monk to Germany where Monk finds the 6 fingered man. Is it the man that killed his beloved wife Trudy? Read it and find out. I enjoyed this book very much as it has the usual monkness going on with some really quick dialogue and a good plot. A very quick read for a change of pace to more suspenseful thrillers.

  • John The Rabbit
    2019-03-15 21:29

    I loved the Monk TV series and I generally like mystery novels, but this book is an insult to both. It's safe to say it never would have been published, and certainly wouldn't have the rating it does on this site, if it wasn't riding on the coat tails of the TV series' popularity. The writing style is artless and extremely simplistic. The story is poorly crafted and contrived. The main story doesn't start till around halfway through the book and much of it feels like a regurgitation of the author's visit to German tourist traps which has been awkwardly injected into a Monk novel to bloat it to a marketable size. For instance, Mr. Monk miraculously overcomes his fear of flying to trek to Berlin so he can have a 2 minute conversation with someone he could have easily called on the phone. This person miraculously (again) works next to the Berlin Wall which leads to a large section about the history and significance of the wall.Goldberg's characters are soulless and stripped of the redeeming qualities that made them so beloved in the television series. In the TV series, Monk was brilliant though painfully hampered by fears and self doubt, but under Monk's fear was a brave and loyal heart which earned him the admiration and friendship of his assistant Natalie and the police Captain Stottlemeyer. Goldberg's version of Monk is an idiot who seems to enjoy arguing about everything and has no redeeming heart or self doubt whatsoever. Goldberg writes Natalie and Monk more like the clichéd set of bickering, curmudgeonly Jewish parents that would be more at home on Seinfeld, Friends or Everybody Loves Raymond. For example, Natalie encourages Monk to go to Germany against his best interest because she wants a vacation at Monk's expense. There's nothing likable about Goldberg's characters.Bottom line- only a child or simplistic adult would like this book, and only if they were projecting characteristics from the TV series onto it. It doesn't come close to deserving it's rating (higher than works by Shakespeare and time honored best sellers). There are far better things to spend your time reading.

  • Ken Heard
    2019-03-11 17:42

    This is the fourth Monk book I've read this year and either I'm beginning to burn out on the series or the tales are becoming repetitious. The premise of Germany is a good one, but it is flawed. Monk flies to Germany with Natalie to chase down his therapist and while there finds what he thinks is evidence in the slaying of his wife. Fans of the show know Monk lost his job as a San Francisco detective because he was grieving her loss.So the premise is intriguing. Instead, we get unlikeable characteristics of Monk that veer from what those who watch the television show know of him. He takes medicine to combat his fear of flying and becomes the "Monkster," completely forgoing his OCD ways. It becomes ridiculous; on the flight, he is singing while wearing lederhosen and eating junk food. It supposed to be funny, showing the exact contrast of what Monk really is, but to me it's forced and painful. It ain't funny.He is also insulting to everyone. At times, it seems Lee Goldberg is setting up situations just for Monk to show how much an ass he is. It is like watching an amateur comedian prepping for the punch lines by offering cliched, simplistic set ups. I don't remember that in the previous three books I've read. I get that Monk doesn't like odd numbers and things out of balance frighten him. But it's overboard in this tale. For being such a genius detective, he sure is stupid at times as well. He wants to put back the Berlin Wall after seeing tiny pieces of it for sale at shops. He assumes the "11-fingered man" is his wife's killer, ala the Fugitive, without thinking much. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I don't think it will deter me from reading others, but if the next few are like this, I may slow the pace down in my goal of plowing through all the Monk books the local library has.

  •  Marla
    2019-02-24 20:45

    Just not as cute and fun as other Monk books. And this one does not capture the sweetness of the TV show and characters.Monk's paranoia and comments about people with physical deformities was cruel and rude and not very amusing.There wasn't much unique about this story, (view spoiler)[ "The Monk" reprised his persona on medication as "The Monkster," as Monk trailed Dr. Kroger to Germany, like Monk stalked Natalie on vacation in Hawaii, and Monk obsessively pursued a man with 6 fingers on one hand who could potentially be involved with Trudy's murder, which was a continuation of the Dale the Whale and bomber storyline. The 6 finger man story would've been interesting except for all the insensitive remarks.(hide spoiler)]

  • Susan
    2019-02-26 20:46

    Fans of the TV series will enjoy all the Monk books. The characters take on a slightly different personality in the books than they do in the show, however. Mr. Monk seems a little less human and Natalie seems a little more edgy. The books also have more objectionable elements than the shows do, which was disappointing to me, especially since they rarely have any bearing on the story. At times I find the characters acting in ways that do not seem in harmony with the personalities we have come to know and love on the screen. Read them for what they are--an engaging story, a quirky mystery, and an unlikely detective, but don't expect them to mirror the show.

  • Jane
    2019-03-19 21:35

    Mr. Monk's therapist has gone to Germany for a conference and Monk cannot manage without him. So Mr. Monk and Natalie head to Germany for his regular appointment. Of course, it's not long before Monk is drawn into a murder mystery.I didn't care for the book as much as I did the TV series.

  • Jason
    2019-03-04 21:51

    Story is so-so. It read like a script not a story. After somebody said something the author wrote "monk said, or I said." over and over and over. It became annoying and tiring to read. It felt like I was reading a third grade book. I won't be reading anymore I said.

  • Bob Hires
    2019-03-02 22:30

    If you enjoyed the series on television then you'll like Lee Goldberg's Monk novels. In fact, I'd bump this up to four stars if you are a fan of the show. Even if you haven't watched the series this is still a solid read.

  • Rosemary
    2019-02-23 21:46

    I liked this book but I wish there were more places in Germany he went to. I would have liked more descriptions of towns, food, etc. Action took place mostly in one town.

  • Julie
    2019-02-20 16:43

    This one had some laugh out loud moments. Really liked it.

  • Pam
    2019-03-14 18:36

    Loved it

  • Rose
    2019-02-18 21:53

    I'd been looking forward to this book for ages because it promised the apparent appearance of one of the people involved in the murder of Monk's wife -- a man with six fingers on his right hand. At the time the book came out it, had been a couple of years since the show had had any developments on that front. Granted, I didn't expect the book to _actually_ further the mystery -- Goldberg works hard to keep the books fitting to canon, but the books still _aren't_ canon, and I knew he couldn't actually reveal a real clue just in the book. Still, it had been nearly three years; I was willing to take whatever I could get. Unfortunately, by the time I got around to reading "Germany," it had been a year and a half since the fabulous television two-parter "Mr. Monk Is on the Run" had aired, and many of the questions about the six-fingered man had already been answered. So my suspense level was definitely lowered a bit by the time I cracked this one open. Lucky for me, this book had two things going for it to suck me in. One, it was a "travel" book, and the travel books in the "Monk" series are my favorites, because Goldberg does such a good job of describing the surroundings (without getting so bogged down in detail that you're bored) that it really adds to the richness of the story. (This is saying something, because I rarely, if ever, get choked up about setting and scenery; I usually hate description, because it slows down the story and the character. Not so with the "Monk" travel books; I can't get enough of it.) And two, just because I knew that the six-fingered man Monk sees couldn't be the one he was he was looking for, didn't mean that Monk (or Natalie) knew. There's a lot of good emotional development going on here, and I loved it.There was a lot of _action_ in this one -- traveling, exploring, Natalie punching someone in the face (that was a great, great scene, that whole thing) ... and the most action-packed ending in the series. I didn't want to take long reading because I wanted to be ready to listen to the next one on audiobook on a long car trip that was coming up, but it was no trouble staying hooked in this one; I loved it. I'm hoping this one becomes an audiobook, too, and if it doesn't, I'll definitely be rereading it all the same. It makes me want to visit Lohr -- and, more importantly, it's got a great bunch of character development at its core. Highly recommended.

  • Laura
    2019-03-12 14:48

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot like an episode, which is really the point of the novels, I think! They are written by Lee Goldberg, who is actually a writer on the show, so I wouldn't expect anything less.The story was a good one. Dr. Kroger goes to Germany for a conference and Monk is left totally incapacitated. He forgets how to swallow, he loses track of his blinking, he is miserable. He takes his medicine (as seen in the episode Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine and in one of the other novels, as well) for the flight to Germany. His behavior while on the meds is funny as is his reaction when they wear off. While they're in the small town of Lohr, Monk sees a man with six fingers on his right had, fitting the description of Trudy's killer. He sees the man being friendly with Dr. Kroger and thinks that his doctor is "in" on covering up Trudy's murder and keeping Adrian off the force. Monk's detective skills are as they should be. He notices things and figures things out that are not obvious to the untrained eye, but once he explains, you realize it was right there in front of you the whole time. I did figure out one of the minor cases, though, before Monk explained. Definitely recommend this if you're a fan of the TV show! There's even a passing mention of Gus & Shawn from "Psych"!

  • CJ Scurria
    2019-03-05 17:34

    Monk faces his biggest challenge yet. When his therapist goes on vacation to Germany Mr. Monk has to overcome the normalcy of his life by going there for his week sessions. Daily phobias aside Mr. Monk is in a foreign land where he learns he must solve a murder (and possibly one that hits home a little too much than he's expecting).This one went from good to okay at times. Sure the books are all about hyperbole and Monk's silly quirks and flaws but there were moments in the book I didn't find very realistic that were a little distracting (I will not mention for fear of spoilers). The book definitely didn't have that many unrelated subplots which Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii had but it was missing the feel of the characters that Goldberg'sMr. Monk In Outer Space had down pat to great amusement. It was fun to read Monk obsess over the reconstruction of the Berlin Wall in a souvenir shop and the little inside joke about the two German detectives (that seemed strangely familiar). It was not too bad though there was probably at least one coincidence too many. The book was pretty enjoyable overall, not the best one but I'll let that slide over the entertaining moments that happened. Not bad.If you are a fan or merely like the idea of the series here is a sentence: Monk in lederhosen. If that didn't get you laughing at the charming idea of it then you might not like this book.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-04 18:36

    I absolutely loved the series (when it was on TV) and the books could not be better. They are exactly like the show, with only one slight difference, they are told from the perspective of Mr. Monk's assistant, Natalie Teeger. In this novel, Monk and Natalie travel to Germany so Monk can keep his appointments with Dr. Kroger, much to Dr. Kroger's dismay and Natalie's delight. Before they leave we experience Monk's amazing abilities (aka, his gift and his curse) first hand and the action doesn't stop there. What is the likelihood of stumbling upon a double homicide in the German village where Snow White was invented? Almost impossible for normal people, but not for Mr. Monk. As he tries to discover the murderer and solve his wife's murder at the same time, we get to see many of Monk's phobias first hand. It's an entertaining read and I cannot wait to start the next novel in the series. Here's hoping the novel series continues even though the TV series is over.

  • Trudy
    2019-03-04 17:50

    All in all - this isn't the greatest literary piece of the year, but it was a quick and entertaining read. If you really love the show, you can appreciate the extension of the story and the humor in it. Plot: Dr. Kroger goes to Germany for a meeting/vacation and Mr. Monk follows him there in order to keep his thrice weely appointments with his therapist. When he arrives, he spies a man with six fingers on his right hand (ties into the murder of his wife Trudy) and in his efforts to track him down - he helps the local police solve a couple of murders. There are several funny parts that I underlined for my mom... my favorite: "He attracts more death than Jessica Fletcher and she's practically the Grim Reaper in a housedress." There is even the appearance of the "Monkster" thanks to his anti-anxiety medication. Again, a fun read, but I highly doubt I will be picking up any more of these between the series books...

  • Tina Hayes
    2019-02-28 18:38

    "Mr Monk Goes to Germany" by Lee Goldberg is a fun mystery based on my favorite TV detective, Adrian Monk. The story is told from the point of veiw of his assistant Natalee, who has her hands full as she travels to Germany with Monk, hell bent on following his shrink Dr. Kroger to the ends of the earth if he needs to, in order to avoid missing an appointment. The fact that Monk has convinced himself his new one-legged neighbor is a sock stealing cannibal does't help matters, but it adds to the laugh out loud humor. From the plane ride (he's drugged and acting up to edure the flight), to the way he sees the German countryside, to his visit to a resort for the deformed, Monk stays in character as he solves murders in his unique OCD style. Oh, did I mention the part about his wondering if if the man with 6 fingers is in cohoots with Dr Kroger? You'll have to read it to see how that goes.My son gave me this book for Christmas and I totally love it. :)

  • Karen
    2019-03-16 17:48

    When Monk's psychiatrist, Dr. Kroger, goes to a conference in Germany, the detective falls apart. While she's initially reluctant, eventually his assistant Natalie acquiesces and accompanies him to the small town of Lohr so he can have his session. Another hilarious entry in the series, characterized perfectly in this passage. Because she knows Monk becomes uninhibited when he takes Dioxynl (he's too scared to fly otherwise), she purchases sleeping pills."I intended to spend as much of the flight unconscious as a possibly could, blissfully unaware of whatever Monk was doing. It was a sad commentary on the two of us that the only way we could travel together was if we were completely drugged, but it could have been worse."Maybe you have to know the characters to find that hilarious, but it cracked me up.

  • Hayley
    2019-03-03 18:44

    Ok, Monk was -and still is- my favorite TV series. During the series finale, I cried my eyes out! (I still think that Natalie and Adrian should have started dating!) This book was amazing! It was like watching an episode of Monk. It had the many elements that made the show so fun and interesting to watch. There was a crime with interesting twists and turns that were never expected. The guy that I thought was guilty was totally innocent. There was drama. Like Monk slowly going crazy when he suspects Dr. Kroger had a part in his sweetheart, Trudy's death. There was comedy/phobias. Notice I put both of them in the same paragraph, that is because, when one is present, so is the other. There was Natalie! Natalie is the glue that puts all of the above pieces together. without her, or Sharona, the show would have been a bust.

  • Zoli
    2019-02-19 15:31

    Here I am, still telling everyone I wouldn't like reading crime novels... But then, MONK isn't really about crime. It's always been about Adrian Monk and his thousands of different phobias and other issues. When Lee Goldberg, one of the show's writers, started releasing MONK books I started reading them as a bonus to bridge the summer break before the next season. Now that MONK is over, it's funny to see this highly ammusing character continue in printed form. And with Tony Shaloub's hillarious portrait in the series, it's actually quite simple to see all of Monk's weird ticks in front of you while you read the books... I guess you have to be a fan of the series to like the books, but they're an entertaining way to kill some time, like when on a bus. On the other hand, who doesn't like Monk?!

  • Andrea
    2019-03-17 20:35

    Within the first few pages of the book, I could already picture the characters of Monk, Natalie, & crew having the conversations dialogued in this book. I thought, This author really has a keen insight into these characters. Then I noticed that he had written several episodes for the series. Makes perfect sense. Aside from some sloppy metaphors that didn't make too much sense (or were reaching), the writing style was enjoyable. Not at all pedantic, but not shallow either. There were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments, where I could picture Tony Shaloub saying/doing these things as Monk. Overall, a great book for a fan of the show and a quick read - finished it in a little over 24 hours. I'll continue with the series.

  • Laura Cushing
    2019-03-05 16:55

    When Monk's psychiatrist Dr. Kroger goes on vacation to attend a psychiatric conference in Germany, there's only one thing Mr. Monk can do. Fall apart! Well that, or follow him to Germany. Monk overcomes his fear of flying by taking the drug that makes him less OCD at the expense of his detective skills. While in Germany, he sees the six fingered man he's sure arranged his wife Trudy's murder. But things are not always as they seem, even when you're a brilliant detective. This book is a solid entry in the Monk series, and features some good plot development. There's a direct sequel to it, Mir Monk is Miserable, that I'l be reading next.

  • Elaine Shipley-pope
    2019-02-25 19:40

    This was the first one that I've read in this series even though its the sixth one. I've watched the t.v. series for many years and always enjoyed it so when I saw there was a books series I was curious. I really liked it! I can't wait to read more of them. In this one Mr Monk goes to Germany following Dr. Kroger when he goes to a conference. As expected there end up being murders and a few mysteries. It gets very personal when he finds a six fingered man, which is connected to the murder of his wife. Its a great series and I really recommend them to anyone who wants a good read with a mystery and a laugh.

  • Susan
    2019-02-25 14:33

    Even if you're not a fan of the television show, there's something appealing about these books. This is the second I've read, and it's like a minor vice, like an addiction to jelly beans. Monk, a sufferer from a variety of obsessions (in case anyone doesn't know) is upset when his psychiatrist leaves for a conference in Germany. He's upset enough to overcome his fear of flying, strange places, and strange people and follow the psychiatrist to Lohr, where he finds yet another murder, and also sees a man with six fingers on his right hand, the only clue he has to the murder of his beloved wife.

  • Kandice
    2019-02-26 14:40

    In this installment Goldberg has Monk follow Dr. Kroger to Germany (Natalie in tow) because he can't bear to miss his thrice weekly therapy sessions during Dr. Krogers much deserved vacation. Of course, being Monk, murder follows him. Wherever. He. Goes. It was fun to read about Monk even more out of his element than usual. I missed Stottlemeyer and Disher, but Dr. Kroger has always been a great character, and I was glad to spend more time with him.Poor Natalie really needs a vacation soon, and I hope Goldberg does a better job of writing her one in the near future. Probably not, though. Monk will get in the way.*sigh*

  • Erin
    2019-03-21 19:48

    After a long and tiring week I did finally get to finish this one. As I thought, it was "OK".I have some issues with the books, because the dialogue seems awkward at points. They're from the perspective of Natalie (Monk's assistant) and that is a little strange. Her thoughts and how they are expressed don't, for me, come across the same way that her character does in the show. Also Monk "swears" sometimes, and that is totally out of character for him. I guess it's from watching all the episodes and it just doesn't seem to jive with the dialogue on the page. The story seemed a little forced. It was better than the last Monk book I read, that's for sure.

  • Helen
    2019-02-19 22:32

    Adrian Monk is on a roll� solving murders as fast as they come, and not counting his Wheat Chex until they're in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr. Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can't tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow, and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr. Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers. The man responsible for his wife's death �or was it just his imagination? Now Monk has to deal with his phobias and the unfriendly polizei to find his man.I have to say I prefer the stories set on Monk's home turf. The whole 'personality altering drug' thing wears a bit thin after a while.Even so, this was still an enjoyable read.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-17 17:57

    From Amazon Adrian Monk is on a roll solving murders as fast as they come, and not counting his Wheat Chex until they're in the bowl. But when his therapist, Dr. Kroger, leaves for Germany, Monk can't tie his shoes, forgets how to swallow, and loses track of his blinking. Desperate, he follows Dr. Kroger to Germany where he sees a man with six fingers. The man responsible for his wife's death or was it just his imagination? Now Monk has to deal with his phobias and the unfriendly polizei to find his man. Fun to listen to the CDs in the car-- fun if you liked the tv show.

  • Karina
    2019-03-11 17:50

    I like this TV show, when I can watch it; so when I saw this book in the library I decided to give it a try. The description sounded good too. It's written from the perspective of Monk's personal assistant - Natalie. It was quite entertaining. I figured out the second murder described in the book before everyone else in the book, including Monk. I thought it was a bit cruel what Natalie did at the end of the book, blackmailing Monk into going to France... She knew Monk couldn't be held accountable for what he did "to earn this" being under the influence of mind-altering drugs.