Mr. Monk Is a Mess

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Mr. Monk Is a Mess
1st edition 2012 hard cover
Author Lee Goldberg
Country United States
Language English
Series Monk mystery novel series
Genre Mystery novel
Publisher Signet Books
Publication date
June 5, 2012
Media type Print (hardcover)
Preceded by Mr. Monk on Patrol
Followed by Mr. Monk Gets Even

Mr. Monk Is a Mess is the fourteenth novel by Lee Goldberg based on the television series Monk. It was published on June 5, 2012. Like the other Monk novels, the story is narrated by Natalie Teeger, Monk's assistant.

Plot summary[edit]

After arriving home in San Francisco after working as police officers in Summit, New Jersey, Natalie Teeger finds a dead body laying in her bathtub.[1] During the investigation by the police, marked money from a federal sting operation is found stuffed under Natalie’s mattress. Natalie now needs Monk's help, but Monk is preoccupied with his own investigation. He's helping his brother find his missing girlfriend Yuki Nakamura,[2] which is a problem that Monk is conflicted about, since he's happy to see Yuki leave.

As the case continues, it becomes clear that Yuki has a dangerous past, and that they are chasing a ruthless, cold-blooded killer.

Mr. Monk and the Talking Car[edit]

Mr. Monk and the Talking Car is an excerpt from Mr. Monk Is a Mess that was published as a short story in the May 2012 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine before the release of the book.[3]

List of characters[edit]

Characters from the television series[edit]

Original characters[edit]

  • Amy Devlin: A lieutenant who is Stottlemeyer's right hand in the San Francisco Police Department
  • Yuki Nakamara: Assistant to Dub Clemens until his death, now is the assistant and girlfriend of Ambrose Monk
  • Ellen Morse: The owner of a shop in Summit, New Jersey that sells items made with sanitized excrement. Despite her profession, Adrian develops a relationship with her based on her love of symmetry and sanitization.


  1. ^ "MBR Bookwatch: Klausner's Bookshelf". Midwest Book Review. August 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Mr. Monk Is a Mess -- Lee Goldberg". Bill Crider. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Monk and the Talking Car". Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. May 2012.