Book Review - Naked Heat by Richard Castle
Yeah, I'm a fan of the TV show Castle. I love the characters and the story lines, and I think the actors have a great rapport with each other. Having said that, I'm still somewhat embarrassed to admit I decided to read the Nikki Heat novels that "Richard Castle" wrote. For those of you who haven't watched the show, Richard Castle is the character who's a writer and hangs out with the NYPD as "research" for his next novel. Detective Kate Beckett is the lead, and she's the inspiration for his Nikki Heat novels that have revived his writing career. So this novel, Naked Heat, is the real version of the fictional novel by the fictional writer in the fictional TV show.
Got all that?
Anyway... Naked Heat is exactly what I expected it to be in terms of style and content. It's a fun read that plays out in my mind as an episode of Castle. Perhaps if you read the novel without having seen the show, you'd end up with a whole different impression. Regardless, it really doesn't matter. It's what I would consider a beach read, an entertaining crime novel with good character interaction and plenty of plot twists. In this "episode", Heat is called on to solve the murder of Cassidy Towne, a gossip columnist who has more than her fair share of enemies for her barbed attacks. With Rook's help, they find out that Towne was writing a book exposing the truth behind the death of a celebrity who was thought to have died from a drug overdose. The crime scene indicates that someone would prefer that the book not be written, and they're willing to kill anyone to make sure it never sees the light of day.
Naked Head ended up being more entertaining and solid than I expected (though I didn't expect much), and it was good for a few hours of escape reading before falling asleep. It's interesting that it's not known who actually writes the novels as "Richard Castle", but whoever it is does a pretty good job. I'll definitely read the other two that are out as soon as I work my way up on the hold lists at the library. So long as you go in with the proper expectations, the Heat series is worth the reading time for Castle fans.
Obtained From: Library