This last week I read two tie-in novels by a pair of brothers, Mr Monk Goes To Germany by Lee Goldberg and Burn Notice: The Fix by His brother Tod.
Lee continues his run on the Monk series with an entry about our favorite OC detective. Monk follows his psychiatrist to a conference in Germany because he can’t stand missing his customary three sessions a week. In order to fly, he has to take a drug that will, not only control his obsessions, but rob him of his detecting abilities. Goldberg has great fun letting Monk indulge in a great many things he would otherwise be horrified to do.
Naturally, he gets involved in a couple of murders almost as soon as he arrives(it happens to Monk quite a lot of course). One of the suspects has six fingers on his right hand(as every fan knows, the one ultimately responsible for the death of his beloved Trudy has such an infirmity) and he’s also friends with Monk’s psychiatrist!
Goldberg weaves it all into a fun little mystery. I’ve been a fan of his work for years. He’s written the Diagnosis: Murder novels(for which he was a producer for several years) as well as a number of standalones, my favorite being The Man With The Iron-On Badge, as well as a number of books on television.
Burn Notice: The Fix is a tie-in for the USA series. I just recently started catching that one and have seen most by now through reruns. It is the first fiction by Tod Goldberg that I’ve read, but I probably will have to look his original stuff up.
Michael Westin is helping a rich woman that was scammed out of her wealth. Her son had joined the army after 9-11 and been killed in action, along with most of his platoon. She’s been using her money to help those families to survive since then, paying mortgages, medical , and helping with food. Now a conman has drained her dry.
As usual, the Robin Hood-esque Westin has to balance that task, plus miseries of his own, as well as a meddlesome mother.
I enjoyed both of these novels and look forward to more from this talented family(both sisters, as well as the parents and an uncle are writers)