Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad (Review)



Penguin USA

Release Date:
June 2013

Natalie Teeger is ready to take her Private Investigator exam and finally become a full partner with Mr. Adrian Monk. However, they have a couple of cases they must solve before that can happen.

Natalie goes on a retreat to Half Moon Bay where her idol Miranda Bigley is hosting a “Best Possible Me” self-help program. Natalie swears by Miranda’s philosophy but is stunned when Miranda commits suicide at the retreat in front of everyone. Natalie is convinced it wasn’t suicide, but she can’t get anyone to believe her. Not even Monk.

Monk has his own problems. The San Francisco police want him to investigate the death of a clown. The problem is – Monk is deathly afraid of anything to do with clowns. However, he has a contract with the SFPD and he must help solve this case, despite his phobia of clowns.

Monk and Natalie realize they must help each other solve these crimes. Once they do that, they could become full PI partners.

I never watched the TV show Monk (maybe an episode here and there), but I absolutely adored this book! What a pleasant surprise! It’s a light, fun, mystery with characters that I immediately fell in love with. I’m actually surprised that I enjoyed this book so much. It was a quick read for me – I couldn’t put it down! I loved every minute of this book!

I plan to not only read more of these books, but to watch the series on DVD, too. I can already tell these are beloved characters.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Author Bio

Hy Conrad was one of the original writers on the USA Network television series Monk and stayed with the series for all eight seasons, acting as co-executive producer for the last two seasons and garnering three Edgar® Award nominations. In addition, Hy was head writer of the webisode series Little Monk and served as consulting producer and writer on the USA series White Collar.

He is the author of hundreds of short stories, dozens of interactive mysteries, and ten books of solvable whodunits, sold around the world in fourteen languages. His first mystery novel series, Abel Adventures, premiered in 2012, with the publication of Rally ’Round the Corpse. On a more humorous note, Hy is also the author of Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know.

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  1. Great review - thank you. I love the idea of a PI solving a crime about a dead clown; even better if he has a phobia to them.

    Love your blog too.

  2. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm glad you loved Mr. Monk Helps Himself so much!

  3. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my new Monk book. I am so glad that you're a new fan of Monk (he would be pleased, too). Your blog is terrific -- keep up the great work!

  4. I really enjoyed the book, review will be up on Tuesday.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. I think it's a great move to have Natalie and Monk be partners. Great review, I hope to read it soon too!

  6. Yvonne, I am the last stop on this book tour, so I waited to read your review! I also enjoyed this book a lot. :)


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