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Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murd Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase. Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat.


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Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murd Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase. Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat.

30 review for Deadly Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 80% | Very Good Notes: Wherein light-bulb moments have oral switches, like Password clues, flashing out shadows for targeted retrospection.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathi *Shut it and let me read*

    YESSSSSSS new Castle's novel! I'm one of those HUGE Caskett shippers! Yep, I am! So, like it's not enough to have a series that you love, but they also have books inspired in the series that are from a genre that I simply loveeeeeee So, Rook and Nikki are pretty much like Castle and Becks....ownnnnn *sigh* Here we continue the saga and the mystery that was left from the previous book (yep, those books must be read in order) and there so many mystery in those book and the beauty how they are all solv YESSSSSSS new Castle's novel! I'm one of those HUGE Caskett shippers! Yep, I am! So, like it's not enough to have a series that you love, but they also have books inspired in the series that are from a genre that I simply loveeeeeee So, Rook and Nikki are pretty much like Castle and Becks....ownnnnn *sigh* Here we continue the saga and the mystery that was left from the previous book (yep, those books must be read in order) and there so many mystery in those book and the beauty how they are all solved (pretty much like the series). I must say that I'm one of those people that enjoy a little drama, so I was hoping for more in the jealous front from Nikki but the whole theme wasn't front approached it which from the last page of this book it may be happening on the next book. This book was just great and I don't to spoil from you, we get light steamy romance as always and the interaction between Nikki and Rook are always a mix between fun, sexy and romantic. If you have read the others books here you gonna get the same level of excellence delivery in others, though I must say that this was one of the best plot-wise. Nikki Heat is one of those sexy hot kickass female characters that as a woman myself I just love to read about strong female characters and Nikki totally delivers on that front. She's a complex and strong character. Jameson Rook is IMO sexier than Castle (tv) and almost as funny but that's because the book genre is different from the series which is awesome cause you get the feel that you are getting twice as much from the series and characters that you love. I just love the author, the series, the plot, the characters, everything. This entire series is a mix between awesome and perfection. To sum up:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    Woo hoo - it's another fun, easy-reading book in the series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jameson Rook and his police detective pal (and lover), Nikki Heat. Nothing mind-bending here, but just an excellent follow-up to Frozen Heat, the most recent. Although the book can stand alone, those who've been following the series - which in many ways mirrors the popular TV show "Castle" and often reads like a TV script - will wrap up some nasty issues that have been plaguing the dynamic duo fro Woo hoo - it's another fun, easy-reading book in the series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jameson Rook and his police detective pal (and lover), Nikki Heat. Nothing mind-bending here, but just an excellent follow-up to Frozen Heat, the most recent. Although the book can stand alone, those who've been following the series - which in many ways mirrors the popular TV show "Castle" and often reads like a TV script - will wrap up some nasty issues that have been plaguing the dynamic duo from the beginning. In this one, the two begin with trying to find the motive behind the murder of an old spy (the guy who gave the order for the execution of Nikki's mother more than 10 years ago), which in turn leads to a possible terrorist plot that's apparently been on hold for years - until now. Then, a serial killer makes himself known with a [red] string of murders. His next target? None other than Nikki Heat. As in the TV show, Jameson's witty banter is everywhere (in the TV show, it comes from Richard Castle, wonderfully played by Nathan Fillion). And as usual, there are not-so-sly references to the show (at one point, a group of producers consider developing a show based on Jameson's work and agree that "Nathan" would be a good choice for the lead). I also noticed what may be a trend in books: The mention of other books and/or authors within the plot. Here, Janet Evanovich (perhaps best known for her Stephanie Plum series) gets a tip of the hat. The same thing happened in the latest book by Sue Grafton (W is for Wasted), wherein the late Robert B. Parker's name turned up more than once. Thanks in large part to the ability to record TV shows and skirt those obnoxious advertisements, we're seeing more and more "product placements" - the cast sitting around drinking Coke or working on iPads, for instance - so I suspect this is something we may see more of in the world of books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just as good as the previous installment, with some good twists and turns, even if I found out who the killer was pretty early on. He was kinda of like a Scott Dunn meats 3XK kind of killer. Definitely a fun read for fans of the show, as it is cool seeing what they have Richard Castle use from the cases he's worked with Detective Beckett. Not to mention seeing all his little fantasies, which really aren't fantasies anymore since his muse finally hooked up with him at the end of Season 4. Also, I Just as good as the previous installment, with some good twists and turns, even if I found out who the killer was pretty early on. He was kinda of like a Scott Dunn meats 3XK kind of killer. Definitely a fun read for fans of the show, as it is cool seeing what they have Richard Castle use from the cases he's worked with Detective Beckett. Not to mention seeing all his little fantasies, which really aren't fantasies anymore since his muse finally hooked up with him at the end of Season 4. Also, I've noted that the books often had little hints about the upcoming season. NAKED HEAT hinted about Esposito and Lanie hooking up in Season 3, and FROZEN HEAT hinted at Paris in Season 5. So I'm intrigued to see if that little tradition continues and something from within these pages comes out on the show. On a side note, as a fan of the show, I was a little disappointed that there wasn't just a random character named Eunice. In 5x03, Beckett makes a deal with a guy to get his money to help Castle win the auction for the contents of a storage unit. Part of the guy's deal was that Castle named a character after his mom in his next book. While it was simply a little scene, usually they're very good at including anything mentioned about the books in the show in the actually books they publish. Such as in Season 4, Martha interrupted Castle writing a scene about a character getting thrown off the Brooklyn Bridge. And that then does in fact happen to a character in FROZEN HEAT. So, just disappointed there was no Eunice, as I was kind of hunting for her name while reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paullette

    It takes so very little for this series to make me happy, Dear Reader, that I should probably be embarrassed (I'm not, FYI, perhaps due to the ridiculously high quality of these crime novel tie-ins to the ABC TV series Castle). However, even *I* must say that this latest installment of the Nikki Heat series is sloppy and disappointing. The books have grown larger in scale and page number after Heat Wave (the first-and-best), a development that worked well in Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2), but not s It takes so very little for this series to make me happy, Dear Reader, that I should probably be embarrassed (I'm not, FYI, perhaps due to the ridiculously high quality of these crime novel tie-ins to the ABC TV series Castle). However, even *I* must say that this latest installment of the Nikki Heat series is sloppy and disappointing. The books have grown larger in scale and page number after Heat Wave (the first-and-best), a development that worked well in Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2), but not so much in the three installments since. The trade-off for more complex plots appears to be less screen time for the sexy central relationship between Det. Nikki Heat and journalist Jameson Rook, to the point of practically no heat at all (I'm sorry) in this latest offering. The focus on forensics over foreplay might have been forgivable (***discreet spoiler, avert your eyes!!!***) if not for an out-of-the-blue POV shift that sets into motion a clumsy, overly-long homestretch of loosely-knotted ends in this novel that is, in itself, an unofficial sequel to the cliffhangered Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat #4). If there is indeed a Nikki Heat #6 in the works, Mr. Richard Castle might consider a retreat in scope--the world (and/or NYC, depending on your coast) has now been saved a couple times over, and good on ya! What say next time we just solve a few muggings and dive into that fruit basket from George Clooney??

  6. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    This fifth book in the Castle series goes over the top as Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook go after both the traitor unveiled in the last book, but also face a genius serial killer who likes to kill detectives. Castle tries to shove in so much tension and suspense it almost becomes cartoon-ish.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    such a fun ride

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rbucci

    This was the best book, yet. I spent most of the book thinking one person was the mole. Not only was I wrong about who it was, there were two of them. It was very clever the way the two cases Nikki Heat was working on were intertwined. I look forward to reading the next one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This series just gets better and better! I didn’t think the last one could be topped, but this one sure did. It picks up about 3 weeks after the last book. Heat is still searching for her mother’s former CIA handler, Tyler Wynn and his accomplice Salena Kaye, along with working a serial murder case. I never would have guessed that these Richard Castle books could be so intense, all while keeping the humor that the show was also known for. There are many twists and turns and it was impossible for This series just gets better and better! I didn’t think the last one could be topped, but this one sure did. It picks up about 3 weeks after the last book. Heat is still searching for her mother’s former CIA handler, Tyler Wynn and his accomplice Salena Kaye, along with working a serial murder case. I never would have guessed that these Richard Castle books could be so intense, all while keeping the humor that the show was also known for. There are many twists and turns and it was impossible for me to put this book down. I was completely satisfied with the ending. Can’t wait to read the next one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fergie

    It's true that the Castle books are a great escape -- a guilty pleasure read, so to speak. I'm usually not a fan of the "fluff" side of literature, but after having read some heavy duty books (both fiction and non-fiction), I felt I needed something a bit lighter. The Castle books are just the kind of read that fits the bill. They're the kind of read that generally keeps the reader on his/her toes with suspense while remaining exciting with entertaining dialogue very similar to the show. Deadl It's true that the Castle books are a great escape -- a guilty pleasure read, so to speak. I'm usually not a fan of the "fluff" side of literature, but after having read some heavy duty books (both fiction and non-fiction), I felt I needed something a bit lighter. The Castle books are just the kind of read that fits the bill. They're the kind of read that generally keeps the reader on his/her toes with suspense while remaining exciting with entertaining dialogue very similar to the show. Deadly Heat is the latest addition to the five book series based on the popular ABC television show. Of the five, this was my least favorite. Perhaps after having read all of the books and being a fan of the show, the Nikki Heat saga becomes a little trite to read. The storyline in this book in particular seems more than predictable. The main character of Nikki Heat is so often in danger that it seems a natural state for her. The dialogue is consistent with the previous books and there are enough reminders about what occurred in the past novels to make the new reader to the series keep up with the pace of what's occurring. However, the wildly "out of bounds" detours and outcomes are so transparent and predictable that the reader is left to wonder if the book series has lost its potential for creativity. Like the television series itself, the stories told are a mix of pure genius with the sometime fantastical. Unfortunately, it's during these rare visits into the fantastical that the story suffers. It's when Castle stays true to its core -- witty writing, interesting storylines that don't stray too far from the norm, that Castle is at its best. So can be said of the written version of the book. This one strayed a bit too far and used too trite of a formula in its attempt to keep the reader interested and excited. Unfortunately, it's because of this that the story lost its interest for me. I'll continue to watch Castle for those episodes that are superbly written and acted. When at its best, no other show on television can balance the comic with the dramatic edge quite like Castle. When the written version does the same, it's a great literary escape in the same vein. Unfortunately, Deadly Heat was not the Castle-esque escape I had hoped and come to expect.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Higgs

    My wife and I have listened to many of these "Richard Castle" audio books during car trips. We find them very entertaining, and they serve very well to pass the time -- and more. This one follows on with Nikki Heat's attempts to discover why her mother was murdered 10 years prior. She is actually the lead investigator in two major crimes, one a serial killer, and the other a conspiracy to commit mass murder (the latter associated with her mother's murder). The plot is complex and interwoven, figu My wife and I have listened to many of these "Richard Castle" audio books during car trips. We find them very entertaining, and they serve very well to pass the time -- and more. This one follows on with Nikki Heat's attempts to discover why her mother was murdered 10 years prior. She is actually the lead investigator in two major crimes, one a serial killer, and the other a conspiracy to commit mass murder (the latter associated with her mother's murder). The plot is complex and interwoven, figuring out who perpetrators are was not easy, and the dialog was highly entertaining -- the reader of this audio book did a great job. For those of you who don't know, these books are supposedly written by Richard Castle, the character in the TV series "Castle", but the copyright for the books is held by ABC, and the actual author's name is a secret. (At the end of this audio book, the author gives credit to several characters in the "Castle" series, and is good for a few chuckles in itself.) You'd think that this kind of publicity stunt would produce second-rate books, but, on the contrary, this series is consistently entertaining. Jameson Rook (Castle's alter ego, and presumably chess partner) always has some funny observations, come-backs, half-assed theories, and so on, which usually give rise to our audible chuckles. No, it's not great literature, but it is highly entertaining, and so I still give this one 5 stars. I'm not sure whether I would find it as good if I read the book rather than listened to it. Perhaps?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    In the latest installment of Castle’s Heat series, the author picks up the narrative and storyline where the previous book left off; with a plethora of questions for Heat surrounding her mother’s death. While she tries to piece the clues together, a fresh murder sidetracks her. People are dying with coloured string left by the bodies. Is the killer toying with Heat or has she stumbled upon a larger plot? Boyfriend-go-writer Rook tries his best to help solve both case by pulling ‘strings’ and bri In the latest installment of Castle’s Heat series, the author picks up the narrative and storyline where the previous book left off; with a plethora of questions for Heat surrounding her mother’s death. While she tries to piece the clues together, a fresh murder sidetracks her. People are dying with coloured string left by the bodies. Is the killer toying with Heat or has she stumbled upon a larger plot? Boyfriend-go-writer Rook tries his best to help solve both case by pulling ‘strings’ and bringing the feds on the scene. Is this more a hindrance than help for Heat and her NYPD squad? And how does a coded message left by the senior Heat turn her murder on its head? A must-read for fans of the book and television series alike. Ghost writer Castle captures all the nuances of the characters from the ABC hit Castle. While the knowledgeable reader will see the parallels between the two sets of main characters, the attentive one sees the jokes and smaller details found within the larger story. While hokey at times, it plays well into the generalities seen in the television show and addresses the dry and sometimes juvenile humour the author exhibits on the show. Weaving the larger Heat case with the book-focused one is done well and the pace of the plot and storyline flow well throughout. A great piece of work, though nothing I would call stellar. Kudos Mr. Castle on another entertaining read. I look forward to seeing what else you have on offer in the coming months.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clark Hallman

    Deadly Heat by Richard Castle is the fifth novel in the popular and very enjoyable Nikki Heat series. Heat and Rook are embroiled in several complex investigations in this installment. Heat is still pursuing some details of her mother’s murder, but now an intelligent egomaniac serial killer calls her to discuss his latest and future murders. In addition, she works with federal law enforcement (one of whom is Rook’s former lover) in a desperate attempt to prevent a terrorist attack in New York Ci Deadly Heat by Richard Castle is the fifth novel in the popular and very enjoyable Nikki Heat series. Heat and Rook are embroiled in several complex investigations in this installment. Heat is still pursuing some details of her mother’s murder, but now an intelligent egomaniac serial killer calls her to discuss his latest and future murders. In addition, she works with federal law enforcement (one of whom is Rook’s former lover) in a desperate attempt to prevent a terrorist attack in New York City. As always, the relationship between Heat and Rook is fun to experience, as are Rook’s humorous comments. Heat’s intense, intuitive, tough and competitive approach to her job results in heated confrontations with her federal comrades. At times it seems they are hindering her investigations. This is a complex story that challenges Heat with plenty of violent action, and grave danger. The story also entangles the seemingly separate cases in a very interesting way. Deadly Heat is another very engaging and satisfying book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan Dundon

    One has to marvel at the cross marketing of a TV show with a series of crime novels. Even the acknowledgments in the back of the book cite the contributions of the fictional characters on the TV show. The person at ABC who came up with the idea to tie in a book publishing deal with Hyperion Books (also owned by ABC) should get a bonus. I enjoyed Deadly Heat but I had a hard time separating the book characters on the TV show. Whenever Nikki Heat was speaking in the book I saw Kate Beckett in the T One has to marvel at the cross marketing of a TV show with a series of crime novels. Even the acknowledgments in the back of the book cite the contributions of the fictional characters on the TV show. The person at ABC who came up with the idea to tie in a book publishing deal with Hyperion Books (also owned by ABC) should get a bonus. I enjoyed Deadly Heat but I had a hard time separating the book characters on the TV show. Whenever Nikki Heat was speaking in the book I saw Kate Beckett in the TV show. One big reason for this crossover difficulty is the similar dialogue and banter between the characters of the TV world and the print world. It would appear that the same writers contribute to both endeavors. Nevertheless, the book is a good read even it at the end I had the impression I had just watched a TV show rather than completed a novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    I like the show and was curious about the books so I got this from the library. These are books that Castle writes on the show. The problem is, the characters in the books are thinly based on the characters in the TV show and I kept hearing their voices when the book characters would talk. And, just like in the show, a key plot is the murder of the female lead's mother when she was a college student. It was just too meta for me and I couldn't get into the story. Plus the print was too damn tiny I like the show and was curious about the books so I got this from the library. These are books that Castle writes on the show. The problem is, the characters in the books are thinly based on the characters in the TV show and I kept hearing their voices when the book characters would talk. And, just like in the show, a key plot is the murder of the female lead's mother when she was a college student. It was just too meta for me and I couldn't get into the story. Plus the print was too damn tiny for these old eyes. So I gave up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Seitz

    5.0 out of 5 stars I listened to this via audiobook and that made it even better as I got pulled in so deep! I fell so in love with this particular plot and even missed my turns a few times driving because I was too invested with the plot of this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    William

    I enjoy reading these for fun. They are an extension of the TV show and really are the further adventures of Castle without the names. With their humor and modern noir feel these books are a quick read and enjoyable. Nothing of deep substance, just entertainment. They do have an over arcing storyline that gets some answers in this one. The who-done-its are not always easy to figure out too quick which is good considering they are meant to be a bit camp which gives them a quality some novel that I enjoy reading these for fun. They are an extension of the TV show and really are the further adventures of Castle without the names. With their humor and modern noir feel these books are a quick read and enjoyable. Nothing of deep substance, just entertainment. They do have an over arcing storyline that gets some answers in this one. The who-done-its are not always easy to figure out too quick which is good considering they are meant to be a bit camp which gives them a quality some novel that take themselves too seriously lack. I’ll try the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lakis Fourouklas

    I really loved the Heat series, until now. No, I’m not saying that all of a sudden I’ve stopped enjoying the books; I’m only saying that Deadly Heat is so predictable that it just makes no sense. It was the suspense and the mystery that kept the pages turning in the previous novels, and these two elements seem to have gone missing from the latest installment. What’s not missing is the humor, but is that enough to keep the reader going? My first thought, as I finished reading, was that in here we I really loved the Heat series, until now. No, I’m not saying that all of a sudden I’ve stopped enjoying the books; I’m only saying that Deadly Heat is so predictable that it just makes no sense. It was the suspense and the mystery that kept the pages turning in the previous novels, and these two elements seem to have gone missing from the latest installment. What’s not missing is the humor, but is that enough to keep the reader going? My first thought, as I finished reading, was that in here we have the same heroes, more or less the same storyline, but a different author, one that’s somehow clumsy, as they give away too many clues about most of the villains, and as a result, the expected reading pleasure is nowhere to be found – perhaps Heat can look for it. When the readers embark on a journey with the words of an author as a vehicle, they expect to be thrilled, or feel simply excited, to get to know inside out the souls of the characters, good or bad, to seek and find all the hidden clues that may or may not lead them to solving the various riddles. Well, that doesn’t exactly happen here, and that’s a shame. I don’t want to give away any clues because that could ruin the fun for some people but, I will say though, that if the answers are going to be so obvious in almost every single question, then one shouldn’t even bother posing any questions at all. But of course, not all is black. I’ve already said the humor is quite good and the interactions between Rook and Heat are great too; their chemistry is pretty much alive. They could do with a breath of fresh air though, something that will turn the spark into a flame again. As for the action, that’s good too, but it seems to me as though the first couple of episodes of the Castle TV Series would emerge as the big winners in a possible Mexican standoff. I give the book three stars out of five, because no matter how hard I try I can’t say that it’s a bad book; it’s just bad if compared to the its predecessors. I hope the next one will be better and thus able to restore my faith in the power of team ‘Heat and Rook’ to impress.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aymee

    The summary doesn’t lie. I think Deadly Heat picks up a few weeks after Frozen Heat ended. That caused some issues for me because it’s been some time since I read Frozen Heat, so I had some brain wracking to do. But that’s no fault of the author’s, purely my own. There is a lot going on in this novel. Nikki is still trying to tie up the loose ends surrounding her mother’s murder while also trying to handle a case that evolves into a series of murders. Sometimes, I think there was too much emphas The summary doesn’t lie. I think Deadly Heat picks up a few weeks after Frozen Heat ended. That caused some issues for me because it’s been some time since I read Frozen Heat, so I had some brain wracking to do. But that’s no fault of the author’s, purely my own. There is a lot going on in this novel. Nikki is still trying to tie up the loose ends surrounding her mother’s murder while also trying to handle a case that evolves into a series of murders. Sometimes, I think there was too much emphasis on Nikki’s cold case because it seems like she forgets she has an active case to solve. On the other hand, I really wanted her to find justice for her mother and to finally put that demon to rest. I have to say, I’ve not done a good job picking books lately. The last one I read – For a Few Demons More – contained a character death. This one? This one contains so much betrayal that I couldn’t stand it. One I expected and had kind of predicted in the last book. But the other took me by surprise since I was really beginning to like that particular character. I suppose that says an awful lot about my judgment (or lack of). All in all, this was an exciting and engaging story full of all my favorite characters. Heat and Rook, of course, but also Raley and Ochoa (Roach), Rhymer, Malcom and Reynolds, and of course, Lauren the ME. They’ve added quite a few characters to this series, but the author does an excellent job of managing to include them all without making the page feel crowded with characters. It probably helps that in a murder investigation, you’d need as many hands as you were able to get.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is another book in the series written by the fictional character Richard Castle from the television show Castle. This one is a continuation from the previous novel. In this one, Nikki's case about her mother is more complex and has more dire consequences. At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose and has set his eyes on Nikki. I liked this entry in the series but it didn't capture me like the previous novel. There was the usual banter between the two main characters. And there was th This is another book in the series written by the fictional character Richard Castle from the television show Castle. This one is a continuation from the previous novel. In this one, Nikki's case about her mother is more complex and has more dire consequences. At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose and has set his eyes on Nikki. I liked this entry in the series but it didn't capture me like the previous novel. There was the usual banter between the two main characters. And there was the connections to the television show. I think this novel was trying too hard with those two aspects. In previous novels, these aspects came smoothly and flowed with the story. This time it seemed a little forced and they lost a little of their emotional connection for the readers. I liked the basis for both mysteries and the idea of Nikki Heat juggling two different crimes. The serial killer storyline I enjoyed. My problem and I knew it was coming was when they intertwined. For me, it was too much of a stretch. If these remained separate and showed how good a detective Nikki is, I would have given this novel a four star rating. This book accomplishes what it is meant to do. It is meant to entertain fans of the show by having fictional characters from the book resemble fictional characters from the show. This one just tried a little too hard and was a little too convoluted. Sometimes simple is better. Still an enjoyable book for fans of the show.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JayeL

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Perhaps, aside from the first book, I thought this was the best one of the series. I was also GREATLY relieved that the murder of Cynthia Heat was resolved. I started the book very soon after finishing Frozen Heat and after reading the first few pages got very annoyed, so I skipped to then ending. Not the entire ending- just to find out who Dragon was. After that I settled quite happily down to enjoying the book. This series is a good one to read on Kindle and I would consider reading the series Perhaps, aside from the first book, I thought this was the best one of the series. I was also GREATLY relieved that the murder of Cynthia Heat was resolved. I started the book very soon after finishing Frozen Heat and after reading the first few pages got very annoyed, so I skipped to then ending. Not the entire ending- just to find out who Dragon was. After that I settled quite happily down to enjoying the book. This series is a good one to read on Kindle and I would consider reading the series again. One thing I noticed was that there are a lot of cultural references to things in our time. This makes me wonder if there will be parts of the story that people in the future won't understand. I like the references to Firefly in the various books. April 2015: DH and I listened to this on a trip down to SoCal. It is entertaining and I still enjoyed the pop culture references. I also like to compare the book to the TV show. I don't think the love Rook and Heat supposedly share is very well described in this book. Borrowed from either PLS or SFPL.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Another cool Nikki Heat book by "Richard Castle" (btw, who actually writes these, as I'd love to read some of their own books!), this time with Nikki torn two ways - between hunting for a serial killer nicknamed the Rainbow Killer, and finding the remaining elements behind her mother's murder and stopping whatever plot they have planned. All whilst battling interference from her Precinct Commander, a mole in her team, problems caused by the ever-useless "Defective" Hinesburg, and DHS (especially Another cool Nikki Heat book by "Richard Castle" (btw, who actually writes these, as I'd love to read some of their own books!), this time with Nikki torn two ways - between hunting for a serial killer nicknamed the Rainbow Killer, and finding the remaining elements behind her mother's murder and stopping whatever plot they have planned. All whilst battling interference from her Precinct Commander, a mole in her team, problems caused by the ever-useless "Defective" Hinesburg, and DHS (especially Rook's ex, Agent Bell!). But when is Nikki's life ever easy?! I love these books, which are a spin-off from the Castle tv series, as they're well-written (unlike some tv spin-off books!) and really keep you hooked with all their twists and turns. And this book definitely doesn't disappoint on that front - it's more twisty than an English country lane! I have the audiobook of this book, and it's brilliantly narrated by Robert Petkoff, who's great at bringing out the drama and characters in the stories. I think I must have listened to this book at least 50 times! I cannot recommend these books (and audiobooks!) enough for all Castle lovers, or for people who just enjoy a murder-mystery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Nice series, but it gets confusing when you have watched the TV series; all the themes start to blend, as do the characters. Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murde Nice series, but it gets confusing when you have watched the TV series; all the themes start to blend, as do the characters. Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase. Complicating Heat's mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I've decided there's a big difference between spending an hour watching the charming Rick Castle banter on your TV screen and reading his smart aleck remarks for 300+ pages. The name-dropping, the little jokes that are so amusing coming out of Nathan Fillion's mouth begin to lose their appeal about halfway through the book. Another annoyance was the tendency of the author to turn verbs into nouns. Stop it! Rick should know better. These books based on the popular Castle TV show re-imagine some o I've decided there's a big difference between spending an hour watching the charming Rick Castle banter on your TV screen and reading his smart aleck remarks for 300+ pages. The name-dropping, the little jokes that are so amusing coming out of Nathan Fillion's mouth begin to lose their appeal about halfway through the book. Another annoyance was the tendency of the author to turn verbs into nouns. Stop it! Rick should know better. These books based on the popular Castle TV show re-imagine some of the same plots and characters already brought to justice on the show, and although that's a neat way to make readers feel a part of the action, it also means that often the plot twists and turns aren't a real surprise, because you've already experienced it. I did enjoy reading the book and the winks to the audience are still amusing, such as the Firefly jokes scattered throughout. I just wonder if maybe it isn't time for Rick Castle to kill off Jameson Rook, just the way he previously did Derrick Storm.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gina Goodwin

    BOOM Richard Castle yet again has provided an awesomesauce novel that had me glued from the first word. And of course, as Lanie might say in the show, we get the scenes that has us all reaching for ice... Not as intense as Heat Wave's page 105, but still. The storyline was fantastic. We've got humour, death, romance, deceit... And that's just in the first few chapters. I love the show. And I seriously love these books. The dedication was, yet again, perfect, and I love reading the acknowledgemen BOOM Richard Castle yet again has provided an awesomesauce novel that had me glued from the first word. And of course, as Lanie might say in the show, we get the scenes that has us all reaching for ice... Not as intense as Heat Wave's page 105, but still. The storyline was fantastic. We've got humour, death, romance, deceit... And that's just in the first few chapters. I love the show. And I seriously love these books. The dedication was, yet again, perfect, and I love reading the acknowledgements (which never happens for other books) I hope hope hope hope that there's another book. Because I seriously wanna read more!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    The "Richard Castle" books are written primarily for fans of the Castle TV series, however anyone who likes a good mystery/procedural will enjoy them. The characters are engaging and the plots are developed with a sprinkle of humor, romance, poignancy, and surprise. For fans of the TV series, there are plenty of winks such as character names we've encountered before and references to the actors of the series. Fans of Evanovich, Patterson, Connelly, or the late great TV icon Stephen J. Cannell wi The "Richard Castle" books are written primarily for fans of the Castle TV series, however anyone who likes a good mystery/procedural will enjoy them. The characters are engaging and the plots are developed with a sprinkle of humor, romance, poignancy, and surprise. For fans of the TV series, there are plenty of winks such as character names we've encountered before and references to the actors of the series. Fans of Evanovich, Patterson, Connelly, or the late great TV icon Stephen J. Cannell will enjoy these books, especially as a few of those names have been suggested as the true author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Nikki is juggling two cases. She's working a serial killer leaving a weird clue to tie his murders together when someone connected with her mother's murder case tries to kill her. Can she juggle both while dodging bureaucratic red tape? As usual, the writing is a bit hard to get into, but once I do, I get lost in the story. The characters could be a bit better developed as well. Honestly, both are minor flaws because I have fun with this book. Very creative tie in, and I am already looking forwar Nikki is juggling two cases. She's working a serial killer leaving a weird clue to tie his murders together when someone connected with her mother's murder case tries to kill her. Can she juggle both while dodging bureaucratic red tape? As usual, the writing is a bit hard to get into, but once I do, I get lost in the story. The characters could be a bit better developed as well. Honestly, both are minor flaws because I have fun with this book. Very creative tie in, and I am already looking forward to the next one. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    J Stanley

    I will be honest, I held off on the series because of the spin from the show. I glad I finally picked it up. This was one of the best mysteries that I feel I have ever read. The plot was coming from everywhere in the beginning and had me hooked trying to figure it out. It wasn't until the very end when the last piece fit in and I did not see it coming. Everything was there in the open but the story kept you moving to where you couldn't see the ties to what's going on. When the pieces started to I will be honest, I held off on the series because of the spin from the show. I glad I finally picked it up. This was one of the best mysteries that I feel I have ever read. The plot was coming from everywhere in the beginning and had me hooked trying to figure it out. It wasn't until the very end when the last piece fit in and I did not see it coming. Everything was there in the open but the story kept you moving to where you couldn't see the ties to what's going on. When the pieces started to drop into place, I was shocked to not think of how it fit the story. Well Done!!!!! Enjoyed every minute!!!!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Deadly Heat is the fifth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) published in September of 2013. The book released right before Season VI of t Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through. Deadly Heat is the fifth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) published in September of 2013. The book released right before Season VI of the TV show Castle (My review of the TV series here: http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...) aired for the first time. Naturally there are elements in this book that overlap between both Season V and VI. The plot also kind of forms a sequel to the fourth book Frozen Heat (My review of the book here: https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...) as the background story plot continues although Nikki Heat is pulled into a new very complicated case. The plot in this book begins where it ended for Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook in Frozen Heat. She solves her mother Cynthia “Cindy” Heat’s murder and gets some of the key players identified. However before she could even make an arrest everything blows up in her face and her trail goes cold. Not one to give up, Nikki Heat along with her romantic partner two-time Pulitzer Prize journalist Jameson Rook, pursues on the remaining threads she has on the case fully trusting her journalist partner. However, before she could go any further she is pulled into a murder investigation that leads to a serial killer. Struggling to bring closure to the people who had killed her mother, she is faced with a serial killer who is fixated on her and even has named her as his next victim. How Nikki and Jameson ride through the clues and trails in solving both cases is what the rest of the plot follows. As always with Nikki Heat books, Richard Castle puts rigors on Nikki and Jameson’s relationship as the plot moves along. Sometimes it drives me crazy to see so much going on with these two. Yet Jameson Rook’s clowny attitude with a rough edge as always forms a perfect complement to Nikki Heat’s tough demeanor with a soft inside. This time around though Castle also adds politics that come down at Nikki from all directions including other domestic and foreign law enforcement organizations that go by big letters. The chemistry is there, yet the romance part of the plot between Jameson and Nikki sometimes comes out as very basic. With other romance writers I always felt the romance part between the characters as a natural segue. However with Nikki and Jameson it always felt staged and basic. Perhaps it is because these characters are based in the TV show Castle characters or perhaps it is because reader knows that they are acting a scene. Whatever the reason the romance part always threw me off in Nikki Heat books. Again in this book too I stopped comparing the characters and scenes to the TV episode. I was pulled into the plot like a moth to a flame without needing any added flim-flam. However Richard Castle brings in some elements from Castle TV show that inadvertently takes the reader to the TV show too - referring to have Nathan cast the part of Jameson Rook’s book certainly ties in the original TV show at the same time it turns everything into a crazy spin by connecting them, at least for a second as a reader I felt so. Jameson Rook seems to be interested in Janet Evanovich novels. However for me she never clicked. I read Sizzling Sixteen in her Stephanie Plum series but somehow could not latch on to it. May be I should give it a try again. Perhaps she might click now. There is off-hand mention of John le Carré books too. Nikki Heat also uses the famous Lewis Carroll phrase “Curiouser and curiouser!” from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. These references clearly show that Richard Castle has a penchant for fiction that he translates into his characters. Compared to the previous plot, I could guess a few parts but most part it had been tightly written. Another successful book in the plot with intense elements, secret lives, hidden pasts and complicated clues. Definitely not an easy read as others so far, yet thoroughly entertaining, even though the author left hope and scope of connecting to this plot again sometime in future. Spoiler Alerts: 1) It’s still a mystery as to who wrote truly wrote these books. Obviously not the fictional character Richard Castle or Nathan Fillion the actor who portrayed the role. Unlike Murder, She Wrote books (Check my reviews of this series here (http://inspirethoughts.livejournal.co...)), the actual author of these books is really hidden deep. 2) A brief mention of the Japanese game Kendama reminded me of my childhood when I used to own such a toy and play with it. More about the toy here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendama. 3) One of the antagonist in the plot, Carey Maggs, owns a brewery called Brewery Boz that manufactured Charles Dickens themed beer. I googled to see if there is any such beer out there but couldn’t find any real reference to it. 4) Another parlor game is mentioned – Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – which essentially is based on Six Degrees of Separation concept. I have always wanted to play this themed game. May be next time for a girls night I should do this. More about the game here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Deg.... 5) Grammatical / Historical / Geographical / Character / Mythological Errors: a. On Pg. 207, para 2, line #1 the forensic specialist is mentioned as “he” while in the immediate next line the “he” becomes “she”.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elsa

    Grabbed this off the New Acquisitions shelf because I like the TV show. It was terrible. I did make it all the way through, but it was a near thing. The Firefly references were intrusive. The Richard Castle-as-author conceit (Nikki is Kate! Rook is Castle!) was obnoxious. The author was clearly trying to weave four different stories together in a Dickensian way and did a poor job of it. The first few chapters were confusing and choppy, and the tying-up in the end felt contrived. Three twist endin Grabbed this off the New Acquisitions shelf because I like the TV show. It was terrible. I did make it all the way through, but it was a near thing. The Firefly references were intrusive. The Richard Castle-as-author conceit (Nikki is Kate! Rook is Castle!) was obnoxious. The author was clearly trying to weave four different stories together in a Dickensian way and did a poor job of it. The first few chapters were confusing and choppy, and the tying-up in the end felt contrived. Three twist endings is two too many.

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