When Monk is asked to investigate a murder outside of a science fiction convention, he discovers a fan base as extreme as his compulsions. The creator of a cult science fiction show has been murdered, and there is no shortage of suspects, even from the fans. When Monk begins tying this murder to seemingly other random murders, his assistant Natalie is the only one who believes him.
The fictional show Beyond Earth, is akin to both Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. The hardcore fans of Beyond Earth are outraged when the show gets a reboot, a la Battlestar Galactica. And Monk gets a dose of extreme fanaticism when he investigates the murder of the show’s creator. Humor ensues.
Monk is a wonderful character and a genius detective. And as always, the novel is told from his assistant Natalie’s point of view. In a fabulously fun tie-in to the Monk TV series, Goldberg has created a complex story to which science fiction fans can relate. This is probably my favorite Monk novel that I have read so far.
When Sam and PJ sneak out to investigate an alert along the Canadian border, they think they may stumble upon smuggler’s loot. Instead, they run into a monstrous creature. And there is a tunnel that leads down in the ground to a lair of goblins. A group of humans consider themselves Guardians and try to keep the humans and Goblin underground separate. But when Sam unwittingly drops a bag of fireworks, the Goblins may find a way to cause more destruction, while learning about explosives. This may give the goblins enough leverage to overtake humans for good.
Sam is captured by the goblins, and tries to outwit them. And in the process, finds a friend in the least obvious creature. Meanwhile, PJ teams up with the Guardians to take back the fireworks and rescue Sam.
This was a cute, very short read for middle readers. There are only a couple instances of non-graphic death, which may not be appropriate for kids under 10. It’s not completely light-hearted. There’s not a lot of content or depth, but it was written as pure entertainment for children. Young fantasy fans will certainly enjoy the action and adventure, as well as bits of humor.