Book critic Bill Peschel gives MR. MONK IN OUTER SPACE a great review. He says, in part:
While this is a light-hearted puzzle mystery, shadows are allowed to
creep in. Goldberg knows what deserves prodding with a sharp stick,
such as fans who take TV shows way too seriously, and what should be
played straight, such as Monk’s inability to empathize with people
around him, even those he loves.