Here's some good news for Monk fans - Lee Goldberg, who wrote the book series, has announced the name of the new author taking over for him on his website -
"Good news: My friend Hy Conrad, a writer/producer on MONK from day 1, is the new author of the MONK books! He will be picking up the story right where I left off with my last book, MR. MONK GETS EVEN, which comes out in December. Hy is a terrific writer, a great mystery-plotter, and has written many beloved episodes of show. Fans of the MONK books can rest easy -- the series couldn't be in better hands!"
I've read several of Goldberg's Monk books and I'm glad they found a new author to continue the series now that he wants to move on. I think Hy Conrad is a wonderful choice; I remember seeing his name on the credits for the show. I wouldn't be surprised if he wrote some of my favorite episodes.