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Mr. Monk on Patrol is the thirteenth novel written by Lee Goldberg to be based on the television series Monk. It was published on January 3, 2012. Like the other novels, the story is narrated by Natalie Teeger, Monk's assistant.

Mr. Monk on Patrol
1st edition 2012 hard cover
AuthorLee Goldberg
CountryUnited States
SeriesMonk mystery novel series
GenreMystery novel
PublisherSignet Books
Publication date
January 3, 2012
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Preceded byMr. Monk on the Couch 
Followed byMr. Monk is a Mess 

Plot summaryEdit

The town of Summit, New Jersey is hit with a string of arrests of high-profile politicians, leaving Randy Disher serving as the town's mayor.[1] Since Summit's police are understaffed, and the controversy brought forth more criminal activity, Disher's girlfriend flies to San Francisco to convince Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger to help their friend Randy,[2] by serving as temporary police officers for the town. While working as police officers, Monk and Natalie discover a body, and Monk soon receives a threat on his own life that is meant to scare him away.

Adrian Monk ignores the threats and keeps investigating, until he solves the murder. Weeks after the arrest, Captain Stottlemeyer asks Natalie and Monk whether they’re going to return to San Francisco. Monk makes a decision, which will be revealed in the next novel.

Mr. Monk and the Open HouseEdit

Mr. Monk and the Open House is an excerpt from Mr. Monk on Patrol that was published as a short story in the December 2011 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine before the release of the book.[3]

List of charactersEdit

Characters from the television seriesEdit

Original charactersEdit

  • Amy Devlin: A lieutenant who is Stottlemeyer's right hand in the San Francisco Police Department
  • Ellen Morse: The owner of a shop selling items made with sanitized excrement. Despite her profession, Adrian develops a relationship with her based on her love of symmetry and sanitization.


  1. ^ "The Rap Sheet: Lee Goldberg Makes The 'Defective Detective' His Own". Kirkus Reviews. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ "Reviewer's Bookwatch: Gary's Bookshelf". Midwest Book Review. January 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  3. ^ "Mr. Monk and the Open House". Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. December 2011.