Police officers can't strike. It's illegal. Instead they undertake a blue flu. That means calling in sick when your not. This particular blue flu gets obsessive, compulsive detective Adrian Monk his badge back for a minute. Suddenly Captain Monk is dealing with every homicide, not just his unique specialization in hard to solve cases. He has a ragtag team of disgraced and troubled detectives and they must catch a serial murder with a foot fetish (ew!), solve an astrologer's murder, and three other murders. Lastly, the must solve the murder of a young police officer.
Can Mr. Monk cope with the pressure? Will he crumble under the weight of command? Will he ever repair his relationship with the rest of the men in blue, who are angry at his union busting practices? Most importantly, what will happen when the blue flu ends and Monk must return his badge?
I rate this book an 8.5. It's sweet and endearing. Once again, I think that Natalie's voice speaks for many personal care assistants (PCA's) out there who endure low pay and long hours to work at jobs they enjoy for people they like and respect.