Heat Wave by Richard Castle

I enjoyed this book, but then again I’ve enjoyed the few episodes of Castle I’ve seen. The “author” is actually a character on that show and the book is pretty much just a reflection of the show, which makes sense. It’s the book the character writes based on his time spent with the NYPD.

It’s a great little mystery. A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk and homicide detective Nikki Heat is determined to solve the case. Unfortunately, thanks to the commissioner, she is stuck with journalist Jameson Rook, who is riding along with her as research for an article he’s working on. He’s arrogant and meddling and refuses to do what she tells him, like stay out of the road. Nevertheless, as suspects come up with alibis and the body count rises, Heat sifts through the clues, showing police work is far from glamorous.

I of course didn’t figure out who the killer was without peeking ahead. I have to admit that I liked that Rook was in the same position, throwing out guesses and theories, but I think my favorite part of the book was the dialogue, witty but bordering on cheesy.

I enjoyed the book, but my question would be whether people who had never seen the tv show would still like it. I don’t know.

First published September 2009
Nikki Heat #1
198 pages

Challenges: 100+, Thriller and Suspense

I borrowed my copy from the library and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.