Title: Heat Wave
Series: Nikki Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Rating: * * * *
When a sweltering heat wave makes its way to New York City, local real estate tycoon Matthew Starr mysteriously plunges to his death.
Nikki Heat is an independent and cynical homicide detective with the NYPD and is faced with solving Starr’s inexplicable death. With the assistance of her fellow detectives, Raley and Ochoa (affectionately called ‘Roach’), Heat interrogates mobsters, moguls, and trophy wives. To make things more complicated, the commissioner has assigned Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research his latest article on New York’s finest.
The intense chemistry between Heat and Rook grows as they face many unexpected challenges in the case. When a second body enters the mix, along with a multi-million dollar art theft, things get a bit more complex. This sharp turn results in a journey that allows Rook and Heat to discover potentially fatal secrets about their affluent suspects.
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It was much better than I anticipated and I love the banter between the characters. The book is very similar to the television series, Castle, and mirrors the cast almost identically. Heat is a bit more cynical than her counterpart, Kate Beckett, and Rook, aka Castle, is an award winning journalist, as opposed to an author of mystery fiction. The book even includes his dramatic Mother, accomplished daughter, and medical examiner Lauren Perry.
There are some intense action scenes that were a little terrifying, but also realistic, which I found very empowering for Heat. Certain aspects in the book coincided with events in the first season of Castle, which really made me want to go back and re-watch from the beginning. I would recommend this book to friends, especially those who are fans of the television series. There was consistency between the two, but enough twists and plot turns throughout the story that kept me guessing. It was also great to see some romantic development between Rook and Heat and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that their chemistry will be further explored in the next book in the series.
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