Book Review: Naked Heat by Richard Castle

This is the second novel spin off the TV series Castle, with the idea being that this book is written by Nathan Fillion’s eponymous character and based loosely on the characters of the show.


The plot is a standard mystery piece with NYPD detective Nikki Heat investigating a body discovered on the streets during a bin men strike and having to deal with her new found fame after being featured in a national magazine article. She gets called to another crime scene. There she has a run in with Jameson Rook, the man who wrote the article and her former lover.

Rook called it in, having discovered the body of a high profile gossip columnist he was interviewing. With the victim being well known and connected to celebrities the case becomes the priority and press interest is high. Can Nikki and her team solve the crime and navigate the world of celebrities, agents and the press? Can she whittle down the suspect pool? And can her relationship with Rook get back on the tracks after what she sees as a betrayal?

I dug this book, as with the first book there is more to be gained from it for fans of the show, and I found it hard to picture the characters as anyone other than the actors from the show, but I feel that this book feels less like an extended in joke and works better as a nuts and bolts thriller. It’s engagingly written, with verve and wit, and it zips along.

It won’t change your life, but it’s a perfectly enjoyable potboiler that’s diverting enough and well structured. The protagonists are likable enough and the plot keeps you engaged throughout and I found myself tearing through it at a rate of knots, and it’s a great, quick, easy, fun read.

Verdict: A solid genre piece, and quite good fun. A bit by the numbers at times, but a pleasant enough way to pass the time. 7/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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