Heatwave – Richard Castle

I was introduced to Castle by a friend, and I was hooked from the first episode. If you haven’t come across it, it’s a comedy-crime TV series starring Nathan Fillion as crime novelist Richard Castle who becomes the side-kick of NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). He is, you see, inspired by Beckett to write a character based on her. And he needs to do research.

Heatwave is the first novel, written during the first season of the TV show, starring Detective Nikki Heat. Guess what no-nonsense Beckett thinks of that name?!

Nikki, and her ride-along journalist who’s writing an article about the NYPD, must solve the murder of a property tycoon, a man thrown six floors from his balcony to the pavement below. Was it the much-younger trophy wife, the nervous accountant, or the mob-linked man the victim placed bets with?

While this will never win any prestigious literary prizes, Heatwave was enormously good fun. It read very much as if perhaps Fillion, in his role as Castle, had indeed written it (my guess would be one or more of the scriptwriters for the show, plus maybe an edit by Fillion). And it’s very easy, having watched the show, to see each person in the characters inspired by them.

If you’ve seen and liked the show, you’ll love Heatwave. If you haven’t, it’s still a good read, but some references might pass you by. Not that this would detract from the reading.

All in all, though, I’m on the lookout for the other Nikki Heat novels. And no doubt will pass judgment on here.

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