Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Heat Wave

Not the best book in the world, but I love the TV series Castle, and when I was searching for the DVD release date of season five I chanced upon the books!

Now, if you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a bestselling crime writer, Richard Castle, who’s following NYPD detective Kate Beckett for inspiration for his next novel…….which just happens to be called Heat Wave. I saw this and thought; ‘whoever decided to actually do this is a PR genius’ and proceeded to buy all four available books.

So, as I said earlier, it’s not the best book, really it’s a book for the fans of the show, because then they can truly appreciate it. For example, in the acknowledgements the actors in the series are thanked, and there’s a judge who detective Heat likened to Homer Simpson, and he just happens to based on a judge in the show played by Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer).

Nikki Heat is a strong independent female character, surrounded by the comic relief that is Detective’s Raley and Ochoa and the annoying but ever-present Jameson Rook. The story revolves around a millionaire plummeting to his death during a New York heat wave and the rush to find the killer before anyone else gets hurt.

Above all else, this was an easy read, which is just something you need every now and then. It didn’t need any effort to get through and it was easy to get immersed in the tale. Although, there was the odd stumble where I could swear there was a word missing from a sentence or two. But considering it’s really just elaborate advertising for the show that can be expected.

The story was straightforward, there wasn’t really much tension or speculation about the killer, and while there were no obvious tell-tale signs, it didn’t really come as a surprise. The banter between the characters makes for a good read and the fact that it relates back to the show makes it all the more intriguing.

I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the novels, they’re a bit of fun, which is always good to have.


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