Primetime TV Book Reviews
Wave: Nikki Heat
by Richard Castle
Heat Wave by Richard Castle is a
mystery that surrounds the murder of “New York real estate tycoon,” Matthew
Starr. NYPD Detective Nikki Heat and her team work around the clock to solve
the murder. The story is a great combination of twists, turns, and sexual
tension. Detective Heat is an extremely driven, hard working woman. As such,
she leaves no stone unturned. Heat is still tormented by the unsolved murder of
her mother. That issue seems to drive her to solve every case, no mater what
the cost. As strong and tough as Heat is, there’s an element of vulnerability
to her. She’s sarcastic, stubborn, and ambitious, but there’s much more to her
than meets the eye.
What makes this book fun is the addition of
journalist, Jameson Rook. Since Rook is working on a story about the NYPD, he
observes Detective Heat and her team as they work to solve the murder of Matthew
Starr. Rook literally follows the team around while they work. In the process,
Rook is funny, flirty, and appealing. The reader can’t help but fall for Rook –
he’s just got that “certain something.” Rook is obviously attracted to
Detective Heat but she treats him as an annoyance. Finally, Heat gives in to
her feelings for Rook and the sparks fly.
One thing I found very appealing about Heat
Wave is it reads like an episode of Castle. Nikki Heat is based on
the character of Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Jameson Rook is based on the
character of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). Every time Nikki spoke, I heard
Kate Beckett’s voice. Every time Jameson Rook spoke, I heard Richard Castle’s
voice. For me, that made the book flow very smoothly. It helped make this a
fun, quick, and interesting story.
We all know Richard Castle is a fictitious
character – a mystery writer who appears on ABC’s Castle every Monday
night. If you’re a fan of Castle, this book is a must read. Even if you
aren’t – if you appreciate a good murder mystery – give this book a try.
Hopefully, this is the first of many books to come because the Nikki Heat series
is a promising one.
starring Nathan Fillion, airs Monday nights on ABC. For more information visit
http://abc.go.com/shows/castle . Click on the cover or title above to
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