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Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's #1 New York Times bestseller Heat Rises comes the fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series, Frozen Heat. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for ten years. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death a Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's #1 New York Times bestseller Heat Rises comes the fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series, Frozen Heat. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for ten years. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background. Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Nikki's search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat's passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother's cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?


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Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's #1 New York Times bestseller Heat Rises comes the fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series, Frozen Heat. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for ten years. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death a Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's #1 New York Times bestseller Heat Rises comes the fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series, Frozen Heat. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for ten years. NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background. Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Nikki's search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat's passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother's cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?

30 review for Frozen Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 81% | Very Good Notes: Wherein photographs, cassettes, and marginalia are artifacts of pre-digital antiquity: Rosetta Stones to a secret world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sahara Kelly

    No false pretenses here - I'm a major fan of this television series. I have the t-shirt. I wear it proudly. Part of the appeal (besides Nathan Fillion) is the sharp and intelligent writing, which doesn't "dumb down" to its audience. That style has carried over to the books based on and around this series. Congratulations to the REAL Rick Castle, whoever you are. Sure, these are not highly complex, technically magnificent tomes of suitable gravitas. The four Castle novels are good reads (pardon th No false pretenses here - I'm a major fan of this television series. I have the t-shirt. I wear it proudly. Part of the appeal (besides Nathan Fillion) is the sharp and intelligent writing, which doesn't "dumb down" to its audience. That style has carried over to the books based on and around this series. Congratulations to the REAL Rick Castle, whoever you are. Sure, these are not highly complex, technically magnificent tomes of suitable gravitas. The four Castle novels are good reads (pardon the pun) with enough depth to last more than an afternoon, and an ability to translate into visual imagery for us fans. They are well-paced, entertaining and FUN. Do we really need more from a relaxing few hours with a book? I don't think so. This one, the fourth, is every bit as sharp as the first. Once again we revisit Nikki Heat and her nemesis/lover Jameson Rook. And yes, we clearly see Kate Beckett and Rick Castle in every line of dialogue. I enjoy "episode spotting" - seeing brief references to some of the plot lines which featured during the previous season. The interrelationship is detailed and extraordinarily well-done. If you didn't know that statue of a fist was in one episode you'd simply think it was just another bit in the story. I enjoyed this particular novel, dealing as it does with the fictional matter of Heat's mother's murder. (Fictional accounting of a fictional character's tragedy. There's something Mobius-like in that concept!) Anyway, before my ears start to bleed trying to grasp the tortured symmetry, I will simply say that this is another MUST for fans of Rick Castle. Of which I am most definitely one. I also caught the charming reference to another series in the two detectives named Malcolm and Reynolds. Captain Tightpants lives!!!! But that's another series. If you like Castle, read this book. If you've never seen Castle the series, you'll still enjoy this book, but you'll like it even more if you broaden your knowledge base and watch the latest season on Monday nights. And beyond anything, admire the promotional brilliance of whoever came up with the idea of having a fictional writer from a tv show write a REAL book! Extraordinarily smart. Wish to hell I'd thought of it. LOLLOL

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Sometimes I find myself embarrassed reading the Richard Castle books because most would not call it "great" literature but it's definitely entertaining literature and anything that can take your mind out of your life and into a fictional one is pretty great as well. I admit I started to read the Castle books because of my love for the ABC television program but that isn't necessarily my continued draw. The characters, while easily mirroring of the television counterparts Castle and Beckett, are s Sometimes I find myself embarrassed reading the Richard Castle books because most would not call it "great" literature but it's definitely entertaining literature and anything that can take your mind out of your life and into a fictional one is pretty great as well. I admit I started to read the Castle books because of my love for the ABC television program but that isn't necessarily my continued draw. The characters, while easily mirroring of the television counterparts Castle and Beckett, are surprisingly well developed and continuity from book to book is remarkable. The ghostwriter of this book is supremely talented at keeping the plot moving without neglecting character details and an exciting story. This edition of the Nikki Heat saga finds her delving further into the murder of her mother nineteen years ago and its relation to a current murder. With the help of the usual cast of characters from the previous three books Nikki not only solves the current murder but finds out so much more than maybe she ever wanted to know about her mother's past. I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of Castle and really for anyone that likes a quick, entertaining, suspense-filled read that doesn't skimp of quality in favor of common "crime novel" ploys.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    When will we find out who really wrote these, so we can read their other books? The mystery writer has not been solved yet. Which is too bad, because that was such a fun book! I'm sorely disappointed that the language and sex allusions were even worse in this book than the previous ones, especially since the show is a lot cleaner than most of prime time. Great mystery; terrific lead-ins to inevitable next bookS. Rook gets to show in ways that Castle never does. When will we find out who really wrote these, so we can read their other books? The mystery writer has not been solved yet. Which is too bad, because that was such a fun book! I'm sorely disappointed that the language and sex allusions were even worse in this book than the previous ones, especially since the show is a lot cleaner than most of prime time. Great mystery; terrific lead-ins to inevitable next bookS. Rook gets to show in ways that Castle never does.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marijan Šiško

    Another quite solid crime novel. I admit, it was a slow read at some parts. but the meta-humor and connections to the TV show more than make up for it, so I actually quite liked it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I’ve missed the Castle TV show and I used to read these books during the summer hiatus but luckily I’d only read a few so I still have six more to read. Today I found out that Tom Straw is the author behind the books. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... I don’t usually care much for police procedurals, they are usually to mired in facts and I prefer quirky characters. But this series is the exception, I gotten to love the characters over the course of the TV run and the novels really draw out I’ve missed the Castle TV show and I used to read these books during the summer hiatus but luckily I’d only read a few so I still have six more to read. Today I found out that Tom Straw is the author behind the books. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... I don’t usually care much for police procedurals, they are usually to mired in facts and I prefer quirky characters. But this series is the exception, I gotten to love the characters over the course of the TV run and the novels really draw out the same feelings for me. This book in particular is very good and extremely personal to Heat/Beckett.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J. Else

    My favorite of the four novels. Yes, I groaned (loudly) when it was discovered this plot would revolve around Nikki Heat's mother's death, just like with the TV series which drug things out WAY too long. But I have to admit that I enjoyed the book’s mystery and backstory of Nikki's mother's death much better than the series’ plot and discovery of Kate’s mother’s death. If you don’t get the episode nods, it’s no big deal because everything is tied together well. The book has a great flow (as the My favorite of the four novels. Yes, I groaned (loudly) when it was discovered this plot would revolve around Nikki Heat's mother's death, just like with the TV series which drug things out WAY too long. But I have to admit that I enjoyed the book’s mystery and backstory of Nikki's mother's death much better than the series’ plot and discovery of Kate’s mother’s death. If you don’t get the episode nods, it’s no big deal because everything is tied together well. The book has a great flow (as the mystery is slowly unveiled) and pace to the investigation. The novel has enough depth to keep you guessing. Solid stand-alone novel with a fun cast of character relationships. There’s also character development! You see Nikki begin to open up and face her demons. She undergoes a lot of personal trials in this book, and you see a change in her personality as the plot flows along. So while some reviewers would be quick to judge this is just a rip-off of the TV series episodes, there is character growth as well as an engaging mystery within the pages! A fantastic crime drama without needing to watch the entire series to know what’s going on! But lets face it, why are you NOT watching "Castle?" That's just insane!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    Hovered between giving this one 2 stars or 3 stars. I wanted to like it, but there were just too many things about this book that didn't sit right with me. First of all, even though I'm not regular viewer of Castle, I'm aware this series is ghost written and attributed to the fictional protagonist of that show. Therefore I understand how in some ways these books have to read like a TV show to appeal to the fans of said show. Frozen Heat, however, takes that to a whole other level. It felt like ev Hovered between giving this one 2 stars or 3 stars. I wanted to like it, but there were just too many things about this book that didn't sit right with me. First of all, even though I'm not regular viewer of Castle, I'm aware this series is ghost written and attributed to the fictional protagonist of that show. Therefore I understand how in some ways these books have to read like a TV show to appeal to the fans of said show. Frozen Heat, however, takes that to a whole other level. It felt like every single crime show trope, cliche and tension-building gimmick was unleashed for this novel, everything from one-in-a-million coincidences to prime-informant-dies-just-before-he-can-offer-up-his-case-breaking-lead. I think part of the problem is that whoever wrote this was in way over their head. I mentioned in my review of the last book that the reason why I enjoyed it so much was because for the first time I felt that Nikki Heat was involved in something much bigger than herself. But as is often the case, moderation is key. Frozen Heat tried to be even better and bigger than book three, and while I give it A+ for effort, I felt the execution of those ideas could have used some work. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect these kinds of books to be realistic to a T (since I consider them fun, fluff reads after all) but I do find I enjoy them much better when they're more plausible. Using book three as an example, it's one thing to present a mystery around corruption in the police force; the details are manageable and the resulting story is at least halfway convincing. This book on the other hand, attempting a realistic and believable story about international espionage, the CIA and secret spy networks? Let's just say that whoever wrote this, it seemed like all he or she knew about those topics came from James Bond and spy movies. At times, I also found it hard to take the story seriously or believe that a case so huge would have remained at the hands of an NYPD detective. I also get that this book was perhaps trying to show a different side to Nikki Heat, but I'm not sure it's a side I like. The last three books paint her as a driven, confident, compassionate cop, and it's these qualities that endear her character to me. For the first half of this novel, however, I barely recognized her. She is impulsive, mean-spirited, dismissive, and careless. For example, we know that her tendency to check every lead no matter how small is what makes her such a great detective, so her refusal of Rook's suggestion to dig deeper in her past for clues seemed way out of character. I've also liked how she empathized and connected to the families of murder victims in the past books, and so her frigid and guarded behavior towards her own father was very bewildering. Also, knowing someone could be watching and listening to her every move, but still she doesn't take every step to secure key suspects and evidence, plus blithely walking into traps? Given the personal nature of the case she was working on, I guess all these inconsistencies to her character would make sense, but then she would also have been pulled off the case a long time ago. Sad to say, but Rook hardly fared better. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say they don't stick with the same ghost writer for these books, because personally I felt the writing style differed slightly from the last book, which I loved. In contrast, the prose in this book felt more awkward, and the dialogue more campy and forced. The result was that Rook also felt more clownish and juvenile, like whoever wrote him overdid it. By now I've probably written more for this review than is warranted, but as usual I just wanted to get my thoughts out there, and explain why this latest installment disappointed me whereas I've greatly enjoyed all the previous books in the series so far.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Timothy McNeil

    The faux Richard Castle still thunders through the Nikki Heat novels like someone seeking to fill pages more than tell a story -- see every awkward instance of referring to characters by their full names or the repeated explanations as to nicknames of characters -- but at least Frozen Heat made an attempt to do more than follow the 'let's visit the same suspects repeatedly until one of them turns out to be guilty' device that had been the trademark of the earlier novels. This one loses points The faux Richard Castle still thunders through the Nikki Heat novels like someone seeking to fill pages more than tell a story -- see every awkward instance of referring to characters by their full names or the repeated explanations as to nicknames of characters -- but at least Frozen Heat made an attempt to do more than follow the 'let's visit the same suspects repeatedly until one of them turns out to be guilty' device that had been the trademark of the earlier novels. This one loses points for the odd need to people the detective force with characters who are little more than just names as well for having the repeated violations of personal dwellings not seem to have much of an emotional impact on Rook or Nikki. If it weren't for an odd sense of devotion to the TV show, I'm sure I would never have read this. Having done so, however, it did nothing to enhance the experience of watching the show.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Need to read this book! Don't want to wait till September! I can't wait to see the dedication in this one since the finale happened the way it did! Need to read this book! Don't want to wait till September! I can't wait to see the dedication in this one since the finale happened the way it did!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    I would say I didn't like this one as much as the previous Nikki Heat books, but they didn't really stick with me so I can't say that for certain. I didn't really pick up, like the other books, where events had been drawn from various cases/episodes and incorporated into this storyline, which is what I really like about the books. And the author tried too hard to tell/show us how awesome Nikki Heat was in how all the other detectives rallied around her. It was just a little too over the top and I would say I didn't like this one as much as the previous Nikki Heat books, but they didn't really stick with me so I can't say that for certain. I didn't really pick up, like the other books, where events had been drawn from various cases/episodes and incorporated into this storyline, which is what I really like about the books. And the author tried too hard to tell/show us how awesome Nikki Heat was in how all the other detectives rallied around her. It was just a little too over the top and irritating for me. And again, the characters were slightly disconcerting, being almost like their tv show counterparts, but just slightly off enough to make it feel like something wasn't quite right. I did like the subway station setting at the end and the mention of Storage Wars. =D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This series continues to surpass my expectations. I enjoy the series because I really miss the tv show Castle, and I feel like I’m right back with the gang. However, this is another edge-of-your-seat entry into this series. Nikki continued to irritate me early on because she is so straight-laced, but that soon changes. There is a murder that ties in with her own mother’s unsolved decade-old murder case, and she is off to find the killer at all costs. Very near the end I began to get extremely pi This series continues to surpass my expectations. I enjoy the series because I really miss the tv show Castle, and I feel like I’m right back with the gang. However, this is another edge-of-your-seat entry into this series. Nikki continued to irritate me early on because she is so straight-laced, but that soon changes. There is a murder that ties in with her own mother’s unsolved decade-old murder case, and she is off to find the killer at all costs. Very near the end I began to get extremely pissed at how I thought this one would end, but when finished, I believe it’s a great set up for the next one. Can’t wait to read it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rbucci

    I liked this book by far the best of the four. I still have trouble remember it’s not the tv show, though.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    I'm a latecomer to the world of 'Castle' - which is a hit television series built around author Richard Castle's time with the NYPD as a ride along observer with Detective Kate Beckett. Castle has turned those ride alongs into a series of successful books featuring Detective Nikki Heat and writer Jameson Rook. But.....Richard Castle isn't real either. He's portrayed by actor Nathan Fillion who does a fantastic job pitching 'his' writing. With me so far? It's a great fun premise! I enjoyed Heat R I'm a latecomer to the world of 'Castle' - which is a hit television series built around author Richard Castle's time with the NYPD as a ride along observer with Detective Kate Beckett. Castle has turned those ride alongs into a series of successful books featuring Detective Nikki Heat and writer Jameson Rook. But.....Richard Castle isn't real either. He's portrayed by actor Nathan Fillion who does a fantastic job pitching 'his' writing. With me so far? It's a great fun premise! I enjoyed Heat Rises last year. I don't watch a lot of television, but you don't have to be a fan of the show to enjoy the books. The fourth book is Frozen Heat. Detective Heat's latest case involves a woman found stabbed and stuffed into a suitcase in Manhattan. Nikki is in shock - her own mother was found killed in this manner. It can't be coincidence. And when she looks closely at the suitcase, she finds her own initials - the suitcase belonged to her. Nikki's mother's murder is unsolved after ten long years. Who has duplicated her murder? Why? Did the two women know each other? As she digs further, whoever is out there seems determined to make Nikki number three..... I chose to listen to Frozen Heat as I knew the reader - Johnny Heller - was excellent. Although you might think that a male reader for a female protagonist might be an unusual choice, in this case, it just really works. Heller has a unique gravelly voice that is perfect. He modulates it to differentiate between the male and female voices. Much of the charm of Castle's books lies in the short, snappy dialogue and one liners. Heller's animated delivery of these lines is really entertaining. But, along with all that snappy dialogue, Frozen Heat is a good mystery as well. The plot was well-paced and action filled. The ending left me a bit unsatisfied, but the door has been left open for the next book in the series. And I'll be listening!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This book series and the TV show have completely melded in my mind. It felt like reading a more detailed version of the TV show. Which was entertaining enough, and I guess could be what they're going for. The only difference that stands out to me is that Rook does not have a daughter in the books. He's still a writer, has a theatrical mother (although she doesn't live with him), and Kate, er, Nikki, is a lead homicide detective who is haunted by the murder of her mother. Which is actually what t This book series and the TV show have completely melded in my mind. It felt like reading a more detailed version of the TV show. Which was entertaining enough, and I guess could be what they're going for. The only difference that stands out to me is that Rook does not have a daughter in the books. He's still a writer, has a theatrical mother (although she doesn't live with him), and Kate, er, Nikki, is a lead homicide detective who is haunted by the murder of her mother. Which is actually what this book is about. A new murder is linked to her mother's cold case, and all of a sudden Nikki is in the midst of an investigation that could lead her to her mother's killer. (She wouldn't be allowed to investigate her own mother's murder in real life, would she? I don't buy it.) I liked the plot / underlying story in this book better than the last in the series, and it had a couple twists I didn't see coming, for which I am always appreciative. And while some issues are resolved, it also sets the stage perfectly for the next book's launch. P.S. Am I the only one who thinks these books are written by James Patterson? They seem very much his fare. He already writes a bajillion books every year, what's a couple more? He even named the Castle/Rook character after himself. Jameson. Jame[s Patters]son. Right? Maybe? Anyone? Anyone?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    Wonderful story, Nikki's quest comes to a close and the responsible people are the ones who were closest to her. This one was another awesome part from the team behind the books written by Richard Castle the star of Castle TV series. This one was wonderful with lot of twists and turns. One new case connects directly to Nikki's mother's murder from 10 years ago. And then things move from one extreme to another and I loved every moment of it. Just again few issues with pacing. As always having seen Wonderful story, Nikki's quest comes to a close and the responsible people are the ones who were closest to her. This one was another awesome part from the team behind the books written by Richard Castle the star of Castle TV series. This one was wonderful with lot of twists and turns. One new case connects directly to Nikki's mother's murder from 10 years ago. And then things move from one extreme to another and I loved every moment of it. Just again few issues with pacing. As always having seen the series it helps to envision the characters as they move about, So do give them a chance and maybe you would enjoy them. Hopefully then you would keep on reading. People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fen

    These books just keep delivering and I find myself, once again, wondering who the ghost writer is... because I want to read more by him or her! I continue to love how plotpoints from the previous season of the show get woven into the storyline of the book, as if the author had really run across them while riding along with the police... making them recognizable, but still giving them a bit of a twist to keep it fresh for fans of the show. Had a good laugh at the shout out to "Firefly" fans in thi These books just keep delivering and I find myself, once again, wondering who the ghost writer is... because I want to read more by him or her! I continue to love how plotpoints from the previous season of the show get woven into the storyline of the book, as if the author had really run across them while riding along with the police... making them recognizable, but still giving them a bit of a twist to keep it fresh for fans of the show. Had a good laugh at the shout out to "Firefly" fans in this one. Seriously... it actually startled a chuckle out of me and I had to explain to my husband what was going on. Also really loved that the larger story arc got a bit of a kickstart in this one, moving forward but leaving even more mysteries to be solved in future books. Can't wait for the next one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fergie

    I'll be the first to admit that although I like crime/cop shows like SVU & Castle, I was a bit hesitant to read this book for two reasons: (1) I thought a book "written" by a T.V. character (one Richard Castle) would most likely be beyond cheesy, and (2) mystery novels are not typically a genre I enjoy (as much as I might enjoy watching it on my t.v. screen). Nonetheless, I decided it was worth the chance to see if it would live up to the television series (which I think is superbly written and I'll be the first to admit that although I like crime/cop shows like SVU & Castle, I was a bit hesitant to read this book for two reasons: (1) I thought a book "written" by a T.V. character (one Richard Castle) would most likely be beyond cheesy, and (2) mystery novels are not typically a genre I enjoy (as much as I might enjoy watching it on my t.v. screen). Nonetheless, I decided it was worth the chance to see if it would live up to the television series (which I think is superbly written and acted -- one of the smartest shows on T.V.). I'm glad to say, I wasn't disappointed. The book had a similar feel to the show with the same fast-paced action and smart writing. As a result, I plan to start at the beginning with the first book in the Nikki Heat series. FINISHED: June 2, 2013.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    These Richard Castle books are just so much fun to read. In the latest, Beckett finds out who killed her mother and why, so it's a most satisfying read for fans of Castle following that storyline on the television series. These Richard Castle books are just so much fun to read. In the latest, Beckett finds out who killed her mother and why, so it's a most satisfying read for fans of Castle following that storyline on the television series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    terpkristin

    I like the little nods to the show in the books. It's interesting to see the difference between the books and the show. This book might have had the biggest parallels and biggest departures. This was also the first book to end up semi-unresolved. Guess I'll have to get the next book soon. ;) I like the little nods to the show in the books. It's interesting to see the difference between the books and the show. This book might have had the biggest parallels and biggest departures. This was also the first book to end up semi-unresolved. Guess I'll have to get the next book soon. ;)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I am actually very pleased with this one. The first two Nikki Heat novels were a bit underwhelming for me, but I liked the third one, which is why I was pretty hopeful going into the fourth. Although it is not perfect, it certainly is a solid read. What I liked: - More than any of the previous books, Frozen Heat seems like a book by Richard Castle. The ghostwriter they got for the series is really great - he truly nails the style that is attributed to Rick in the show. But while the previous insta I am actually very pleased with this one. The first two Nikki Heat novels were a bit underwhelming for me, but I liked the third one, which is why I was pretty hopeful going into the fourth. Although it is not perfect, it certainly is a solid read. What I liked: - More than any of the previous books, Frozen Heat seems like a book by Richard Castle. The ghostwriter they got for the series is really great - he truly nails the style that is attributed to Rick in the show. But while the previous installments all seem to have something to do with the show, this is the first one that completely does the trick. Change the names and it could easily be an episode of Castle. I appreciate that a lot. - I also think that this would be a solid read for someone who isn't familiar with the show. The case is well constructed and I didn't notice any flaws in the logic. - Although I had a good idea of what was going to happen (as I've watched the show countless times), I still found the narrative suspenseful. - The book introduces a few side characters that do not have direct TV counterparts. I thought that these characters were nicely chosen and constructed. What I disliked: - The ending is open in a way that copies a cliff hanger from the show. Although we do find out who's behind the murder, there is no satisfying conclusion so that one would have to read the next book(s) to know how the case ends. - There were a couple more little things I can't quite put my finger on, but I get the feeling that while Frozen Heat might be a solid read for someone who hasn't watched the show, it would still fail to engage them as it did me. This might actually be the best novel in the series yet. I genuinely hope that they keep getting better, because I am pretty sure that I will read the next book eventually.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yuval

    In the last five chapters I could not let go of this book! I don't understand how is it possible that this series is still so good? I miss Castle and Beckett but this really keeps them alive. A must read for Castle fans!!! In the last five chapters I could not let go of this book! I don't understand how is it possible that this series is still so good? I miss Castle and Beckett but this really keeps them alive. A must read for Castle fans!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    I loved the tie ins to episodes in this book, but it seemed to drag a bit for me. Things seemed repetitive to other books in the series. Not sure I will continue reading...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sawyer X

    Guilty pleasure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Benoit

    The great thing about this series is you can start it, put it down, and pick it back up very easily. Great story & so much mystery. On to Deadly Heat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Izza

    3 stars | This wasn't the most exciting Nikki Heat novel. They're trying to solve her mother's murder and it just drags and the ending is pretty anti-climactic. I do want to rewatch Castle now though :p 3 stars | This wasn't the most exciting Nikki Heat novel. They're trying to solve her mother's murder and it just drags and the ending is pretty anti-climactic. I do want to rewatch Castle now though :p

  27. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Frozen Heat Thaws... into a Puddle! I had a really hard time finishing this book. I had to make myself sit down and read the last thirty pages, just so that I could move on to another book. I am a big fan of the TV series, "Castle," and I've read the three previous books in the Nikki Heat series. The one before this, "Heat Rises," was definitely a favorite, so I was looking forward to "Frozen Heat." The pace of the story was confusing. Sometimes it seemed like a mini-version of the TV series, "24. Frozen Heat Thaws... into a Puddle! I had a really hard time finishing this book. I had to make myself sit down and read the last thirty pages, just so that I could move on to another book. I am a big fan of the TV series, "Castle," and I've read the three previous books in the Nikki Heat series. The one before this, "Heat Rises," was definitely a favorite, so I was looking forward to "Frozen Heat." The pace of the story was confusing. Sometimes it seemed like a mini-version of the TV series, "24." At other times, there wasn't enough going on to keep my attention. Part of this may have been the number of characters who weren't well-developed. It's difficult to connect with a story when you can't connect with any of the characters. Other than Heat and Rook, we learn little of the backstories of the supporting characters. The series focuses mainly on Nikki Heat, who comes across as emotionally undeveloped and with a serious superiority complex. She's not entirely unlikable, but the unwavering loyalty and admiration she seems to command from both her squad and Rook is often questionable. (And irritating to the reader). In the first two books, I had a problem with how condescending and downright mean Nikki was to Rook, and just why Rook was so willing to take the abuse. (This is a problem for me with the actual TV series, as well). One of the reasons I enjoyed the third book so much more was that it seemed like Nikki had finally loosened up a bit and wasn't so critical of and quick to blame Jameson Rook for every little thing that happened, whether his fault or not. In "Frozen Heat," I once again found myself wandering why Nikki felt like it was okay to give Rook such a hard time. If Rook ever said any of the things Nikki says to him, even in jest, their relationship would be over in a flash. And even though Nikki often hides her derisive comments behind the cloak of "just kidding," this just serves to highlight her passive-aggressiveness. A man who made the kind of comments Heat does to Rook (or, for that matter, Beckett does to Castle) would be strung up as a misogynist. Since this series is authored by a ghost-writer, it's impossible to tell if one author wrote the entire series. This book made me wonder if it was authored by a different ghost writer than the first three. However, all that said, I have enjoyed the rest of the Nikki Heat series enough to pre-order the next book. Hopefully, they'll go back to using the writer who authored the first three books - or, if it is just one author penning all five books - he will focus more time on developing relatable characters who interact with each other in an authentic manner, and less time on overblown and unrealistic action scenes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Richard Draude

    I too am a huge Castle TV show fan, but I have to disagree with many of the reviewers. I looked forward to reading any of the Niki Heat novels. I picked up Frozen Heat, read the first chapter and a half, and close the book. Whoever the writer is, may be sticking to the show’s formula, but the complete overuse of adverbs kept throwing me out of the story. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King. While I can read and enjoy novels written before publishers made a big DEAL of "Show, Do I too am a huge Castle TV show fan, but I have to disagree with many of the reviewers. I looked forward to reading any of the Niki Heat novels. I picked up Frozen Heat, read the first chapter and a half, and close the book. Whoever the writer is, may be sticking to the show’s formula, but the complete overuse of adverbs kept throwing me out of the story. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King. While I can read and enjoy novels written before publishers made a big DEAL of "Show, Don't Tell." standard, and limited use of adverbs, this book falls way short of either of those standards. Publishers reject a new writer's manuscript if it contains lot of tell and uses to many adverbs, yet in the first 13 pages the 15 adverbs used, are unnecessary. (I'm not counting the ones used in dialogue. Those are fine.) For example, on page 4 line 8, the ride in the elevator. "-his back against the wall then SUDDENLY hers.” The use of the word 'suddenly' is ambiguous. Anton Chekhov said, “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” How did Niki's back wind up against the elevator wall? Did she pulled Rook in front her, or did Rook twist her into that position for more control, those actions would have painted a much better picture of the scene. On the same page, line 16. "He appeared at the door COMPLETLY naked." Use of the word 'completely' is redundant. If you're naked, you're without any cloths. Your nakedness is complete. This continues throughout the book. For me what was an anticipated read turned into a big disappointment. One more comment. Page 12, 2nd paragraph 5th line. "SLOWLY, METHODICALLY she ran the beam of her flashlight from right to left along the bottom edge of the case." Starting a sentence with an adverb is bad enough. Two in a row, please! Whoever the writer is, go take a creative writing class and reread the quotes above by Stephen King and Anton Chekhov, and this is what Twain had to say about adverbs. “I am dead to adverbs; they cannot excite me. To misplace an adverb is a thing which I am able to do with frozen indifference; it can never give me a pang. ... There are subtleties which I cannot master at all,--the confuse me, they mean absolutely nothing to me,--and this adverb plague is one of them. ... Yes, there are things which we cannot learn, and there is no use in fretting about it. I cannot learn adverbs; and what is more I won't.” I gave this book one star because I had to give it something.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    2.5 stars. I placed this book on hold in e-book format with the library and had just started reading the 6th "Harry Potter" book when I got the notification this was available. Because I have "Harry Potter" in hardback and e-book loans are only for 3 weeks, I set "Harry Potter" aside to read this instead. So perhaps it's because it wasn't the book I was set on reading that I had a really hard time getting into it. I've been reading this series because "Castle" is my favorite TV show. I felt the f 2.5 stars. I placed this book on hold in e-book format with the library and had just started reading the 6th "Harry Potter" book when I got the notification this was available. Because I have "Harry Potter" in hardback and e-book loans are only for 3 weeks, I set "Harry Potter" aside to read this instead. So perhaps it's because it wasn't the book I was set on reading that I had a really hard time getting into it. I've been reading this series because "Castle" is my favorite TV show. I felt the first book was the literary form of watching the show, but the last few books have followed along with the show's storyline vs being a stand alone "episode." "Frozen Heat" is basically season 4 of the show in which Nikki Heat, just like Kate Beckett, is once again put on the trail of her mother's killer-the driving force behind her decision to become a cop in the first place. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I use the Kindle app on my phone and was easily distracted by text messages and checking to see if I had new email. I felt a lot of the movement of the story was just ho-hum, and I felt the writing for the most part was incredibly lazy. A lot of the police terminology, for example, was abbreviated with the expectation readers would just know what was meant-and not all of it was common terms like APB. And while I usually don't like reading series back-to-back because I find the refresher details from previous books becomes too redundant, the refreshers in this one could have been a bit more fleshed out. I've always wondered who is ghost writing this series with my initial thought being James Patterson but now I'm thinking it's the writing team of "Castle" and when it comes to writing the companion books for the TV series, they're running out of steam and this one was written out of obligation more than desire. I did like how this book ended, however. The Kindle app shows how much of the book I've read rather than which page I'm on, and I was engrossed from about 87% to the end. The book ended with a cliff hanger and I hope I enjoy the next book more than I did this one. I've also always gotten a kick out of how many references to Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle)'s other roles have been made on the show so I was greatly amused that two of the detectives-partners-in this were named Malcolm and Reynolds, which I'm sure was a nod to Nathan's starring role on "Firefly" and "Serenity."

  30. 5 out of 5

    James Jr.

    While Frozen Heat, the fourth Nikki Heat mystery from Richard Castle, can be enjoyed as a mystery novel, you'll get so much more from it if you also was the ABC TV series Castle. The series premise is that a bestselling crime novelist helps a New York City police detective investigate murders while he shadows her as inspiration for his newest detective heroine, Nikki Heat. The series is fun and exciting with a great cast of characters. Most of the characters in the novels are based on the TV seri While Frozen Heat, the fourth Nikki Heat mystery from Richard Castle, can be enjoyed as a mystery novel, you'll get so much more from it if you also was the ABC TV series Castle. The series premise is that a bestselling crime novelist helps a New York City police detective investigate murders while he shadows her as inspiration for his newest detective heroine, Nikki Heat. The series is fun and exciting with a great cast of characters. Most of the characters in the novels are based on the TV series characters. Once Richard Castle, played by Nathan Fillion on the series, started publishing his new novels, ABC also decided to publish them as well. Besides having characters from the series, you'll also see lines and scenes based on things from the series; however the novel puts them together in new and interesting ways. Also, there's lots of little "Easter Eggs" you'll find in the books like Detectives Malcolm and Reynolds, a tribute to Fillion's character on Firefly, Malcolm Reynolds. In Frozen Heat, Detective Nikki Heat's latest case (a woman stabbed and murdered) connects to a cold case that has haunted Heat for a decade, the murder of her mother. She and her partner (both romantic and investigative), Jameson Rook begin investigating both cases, which forces Heat to face some areas of her mother's life that she didn't know about. The writing is fast paced and exciting. Each of the novels has become a little more involved so that they are more like mystery novels and less like unaired episodes of the series. Plus, the TV series connection gives the books more depth. For instance, in the series, Det. Kate Beckett and Richard Castle have been slowly unraveling the mystery of Beckett's mother's murder. Whether you're a fan of Castle or not, you can still enjoy Frozen Heat, and if you're not yet a fan of the series, you might just become one.

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