“Heat Rises (Nikki Heat)” (Richard Castle)
If you like: Castle * Detectives * Fun
Heat Rises is the third book in the Nikki Heat series–which is “written” by Nathan Fillion’s character, Richard Castle, from the ABC series Castle. Nikki Heat continues to be one of NYC’s best detectives. She meticulously investigates the suspicious circumstances around the death of a priest and the alleged suicide of her Captain. But, being the target of an elaborate cover up does not mean that Nikki doesn’t have time for fun or romance.
Fans of Castle will find the Nikki Heat series to be the perfect companion to the show. Character relationships are explored in ways that wouldn’t fit into the weekly serialized drama of the show. The many nods to the show throughout the book will also add another level of enjoyment. Additionally, hearing the inner monologue of Nikki provides insight into the character that just isn’t possible on the screen. Some secondary characters get a little lost in the book; their involvement would diversify the action from the constant focus on Nikki and Rook.
You do not need to be a fan of the TV series in order to enjoy Heat Rises. Though some events mirror the show’s plot, the books are strong enough to stand alone. The underlying mystery of the case is intriguing and provides plenty to think about for fans of the genre. Heat Rises is enjoyable from start to finish, and, in spite of the homicide, manages to never take itself too seriously. It is a satisfying mystery, without being too dark. Readers of the genre who are tired of the same old story will enjoy the change of pace in Heat Rises. Nikki Heat is a great female lead. She excels at what she does and isn’t afraid to show it, yet also remains humble. Her no-nonsense attitude and commanding presence make her a great detective and protagonist.
If a ride-a-long is the perfect end to your writer’s block, read Heat Rises.
Castle, Richard. Heat Rises. New York: Hyperion, 2011.