Mr. Monk is Open for Business By Hy Conrad

by Cynthia Chow

A perfect office space, located directly between his home and that of his boss/former assistant Natalie Teeger, and the declaration by Natalie and San Francisco Police Captain Stottlemeyer that Adrian Monk is standing in his new detective agency, is not enough to break Monk’s ability to deny the truth. Or accept change. He’s had a rough week though, considering that his attempt to reconcile with his former girlfriend, Ellen Morse, proved to be an epic failure.

Mr. Monk Helps Himself & Mr. Monk Gets on Board By Hy Conrad

by Cynthia Chow

After having left her position as a minder for the brilliant but unable-to-interact-with-life police consultant, Adrian Monk, to become a police officer herself in Summit, New Jersey, Natalie Teeger has returned to San Francisco once again to partner up with the demanding phobic. However, Natalie is determined that their relationship be established on new grounds, as she works to attain the private investigation license that Monk will work under, as they partner up as consultants under a retainer for the San Francisco Police Department. Not surprisingly, this will prove to be far more difficult than even she can predict.

Television P.I.s through the ages – “gritty, glam, mismatched and quirky”

by Deborah Harter Williams

50s television was black and white–perfect for private eyes. Gritty fedora-hatted tough guys with a past represented by Boston Blackie, Mike Hammer and Richard Diamond who made the transition from movies and radio. Diamond morphed from Dick Powell’s singing New York radio version to David Janssen’s LA noir persona. More glamorous were Nick and Nora Charles and a quirkier take on the genre was Have Gun Will Travel’s Paladin. Favorite for the 50s - Peter Gunn, a classic with a jazz club setting and Henry Mancini theme. Dun, dun, dun, dun…Dun, dun, dun, dun, DA DA.

Mr. Monk Is A Mess by Lee Goldberg: Book Review/Behind the Book/Giveaway

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Mr. Monk Is A Mess picks up where Mr. Monk On Patrol left off, with Natalie and Monk working as cops in Summit, New Jersey for Randy Disher who is Sheriff there and acting Mayor. They have both decided to take the jobs permanently and have only to return to San Francisco to pack up their things and move. And of course break the news to Natalie's daughter Julie and their friends.

Interview With Lee Goldberg/Review of Latest Monk Book/Giveaway

by Lorie Lewis Ham

KRL had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing mystery and TV writer Lee Goldberg, who was a writer for the Monk TV show and now continues the stories in books. I don't know if he remembers this, but I first met Lee at a Left Coast Crime Convention in San Diego in the late 90's when I attended his panel on Star Trek and Mysteries. After the interview is a review of the latest Monk book, Mr. Monk on the Road, & a chance to win a copy of this book!