>Review: Heatwave by Richard Castle

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Heat WaveA New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. PulitzerPrize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. The one called heat.

About the Author
Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society’s prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan with his daughter and mother, both of whom infuse his life with humor and inspiration.

I don’t know about you, but I love the TV show ‘Castle’. It has what many crime solving shows lack – comic relief. And yet it never seems silly (ok, a little silly maybe but so much fun!). Then one day as I was surfing the web for new authors and books I found Heatwave by Richard Castle’ I laughed thinking it was some sort of gimmick from the show’s production and in a way it is – the book’s cover is (I believe) just like the one Castle gave to Beckett on the show and in no way shape or form does it mention who is behind it, other than Richard Castle! Even the dedication is the same.

For those of you who have never seen or heard of the show Castle, you have my sympathy 😉 but you won’t feel like you have missed something if you pick up Heatwave.

I will just share that Castle is a detective series about a NYC homicide detective squad led by Detective Beckett – smart, intelligent, beautiful and sharp tongued, who is forced to have a mystery author ride along on her cases. Richard Castle is a bestselling author who doesn’t lack self esteem, but who turns out to be a not too bad detective himself. He is basing his new book – Heatwave (yes, this book) on and his new character Nikki Heat on Beckett and her team, each week they solve a case while ignoring those little sparks. Their love-hate relationship has been making my week brighter for three seasons.

In a way, Heatwave is entirely independent of the show because the writer/s keep up the illusion that you are reading a Richard Castle book – he is the author of this series and so, it starts as a first book in a new series would start.

So, wonderful idea Castle people…but would the book shine on its own?

I thought it did. Anyone familiar with the show would find themselves right at home in Nikki Heat’s world – she’s a top homicide detective who doesn’t really want to play nice with award winning journalist Jameson Rook who gets to ride along on her cases…yup, like the show.

In this case, a twisty tale of murder that involves a multitude of different and complex characters – the murdered real estate tycoon who seemed to have it all but always wanted more, his trophy wife, her possible lovers, his trusted friend, an exotic nanny and oh, the mob.

As Nikki Heat and her witty team try to solve the case, Jameson Rook tries to prove that he isn’t just an award winning journalist but a top notch investigator too.

Are the characters in Heatwave based on the characters in the show? Of course! that’s the whole idea – so, if you love the show, you will get to read a new mystery with characters very much like those on the show (you can fill in the blanks) and Castle virgins (tee hee) will be able to enjoy a wonderful new mystery series with fun characters, a fast paced plot and a great conclusion.

Heatwave was a winner on its own merit, it didn’t really need the show. In fact, after a couple of chapters you forget that this is a book supposedly written by one of your favorite TV characters and simply enjoy the ride, or, ride along as you join the detectives in trying to figure out who murdered our victim and why he/she/they did it. I for one am really looking forward to Mr. Castle’s next book Naked Heat. Oh, and for those of you who are Castle fans, lets just say Mr. Castle has quite the imagination…

I guess fictional characters really do make great writers 😉

Happy Reading!

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