Title: Heat Wave
Author: Richard Castle
Genre/Audience: Mystery, adult
Publication: Hyperion, 2009
I just read Heat Wave, which is a mystery novel based off the ABC dramedy “Castle,” one of my favorite shows. The main character of the show is Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion, who is fantastic and hilarious), a bestselling crime mystery novelist. The whole premise of the show is that he gets to follow Kate Beckett, an NYPD detective, on her cases in order to gain inspiration and information for his new series. The new series he is writing is about a female detective, Nikki Heat, who is based on Detective Beckett. Heat Wave is supposed to be his first novel in that series.
Summary: In this novel, Detective Heat (based on Beckett) is working on solving a murder involving a very wealthy real estate agent who was pushed off of his balcony from six stories up. Rook (based on Richard Castle) is a journalist who is working on a piece about the NYPD detectives and is following along. As in the show, there is a lot of chemistry between the two characters, and he is constantly disobeying the detective, adding lots of comic relief.
My Thoughts: The story was somewhat enjoyable because I could completely imagine Beckett and Castle in these roles, and it was fun. It was almost like watching an episode of the show. The story line was also not too bad. However, the writing itself was only mediocre. This is understandable though, because it is mainly just a companion to the show. It is really not a standalone novel. What I mean is, if you don’t watch the show, you would probably not enjoy this book a whole lot. I would recommend it to the fans of the show, but it is definitely not a must read. It was only okay. I wonder who the real writer was, since it was obviously not Richard Castle. I do think this was a fun premise though, to have one of “Richard Castle’s” books out. Heat Wave was even shown in an episode, during its release party on the show.
Anyways, I LOVE the show “Castle,” despite this mediocre book. Does anyone else watch it? I think it’s a riot. I loved when, in the first season, Beckett is wearing a bulletproof vest with “Police” written on the back. In walks Castle with his own bulletproof vest, emblazoned with the word “Writer” on the back. This show is fantastic.
My Rating: 3/5
Currently Reading: Bliss by Lauren Myracle, the author of the TTYL series, which I love. This is supposed to be a spooky sort of book.