Heat Wave by Richard Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay so I'm a huge fan of the Tv show Castle. I feel like its the Murder She wrote for this generation.(I always loved Murder she wrote). Personally I thought it was a pretty cool idea for ABC to actually produce novels based off the novels discussed in the series.
Summary: 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.
My Take: I think the author did a good job in producing a novel that felt like it was written by Richard Castle. Not only did it have the same feel but it also included key points that are mentioned about the novel in the series. It had to have required incredible attention to detail to craft a story that still worked on its own even though certain portions were governed by outside forces.
This was a quick easy read. The story moved at a fast pace, maybe even a little too fast were the relationship of the main characters is concerned but again I don't blame that on the author since they were trying to stay true to what was said in the show. The only thing for me is that I didn't ever feel an emotional attachment to Nikki Heat. The whole time I just kept thinking of her as Beckett. I'm not sure how you would feel about the novel if you were not a fan of the show but all of us super fans will probably read the whole series!