Lee Goldberg. Mr. Monk in Trouble (2009) 273 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Ever since a 1962 unsolved train robbery made it famous, the people have made their way to the little town of Trouble in California’s gold country. Some people come to see the Gold Rush Museum, but most come search for the booty that the train robbers supposedly dumped off the Golden Rail Express in the botched heist. When the museum watchman, a retired SFPD cop is murdered, Monk and his assistant, Natalie, are sent to investigate. Monk quickly becomes obsessed with the unsolved robbery—and discovers that Trouble’s gold-rush-era assayer was a quirky fellow named Artemis Monk. But that might not be the only thing that ties the past to the present, and if Monk isn’t careful, he’ll learn how the town of Trouble can live up to its name.” Based on the USA Network television show, Monk, written by one of the screenwriters.
Settings: San Francisco; “Trouble,” a fictional town in the California gold country