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Sunday, March 28, 2010

41) Heat Wave by Richard Castle

The Blurb -

A 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.

The Review -

I really needed a break from the Paranormal today and so I decided to visit one of my favourite TV shows, Castle. If any of you have been following the series you will know that Nikki Heat is based on Kate Beckitt, the detective Richard Castle is shadowing in the show. They talk about 'Heat Wave' the first book in his new series on the show and I was surprised it was actually now a book!

The story and plot isn't too bad. Not amazing but then again I wasn't expecting it to be. However the writer of this book is supposed to be Richard Castle and I have to wonder who really did write this. Whoever it was kept to the snippets we have heard about Heat Wave on the show and you can really see the 'Richard Castle' humour and wit shining out throughout the whole book.

However at points in the book it is hard to decide if you are just reading an episode of Castle or really something different. Of course Nikki Heat is based on the TV series but the similarities are huge. I personally think that the award winning author Richard Castle, if he did exist, would write something much better than this book is. If anything I think this book insults him just a little.

All in all this is another TV show based book with a twist. The twist is that the author from the show supposedly wrote this. It wasn't bad and it wasn't good but at the end of the book I have to say I enjoyed it for what it was. It was fun to finally read the book I have heard so much about on TV and I actually think Naked Heat is coming out next. I won't be rushing out to buy it but it will definitely go on my wishlist.

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