Richard Castle, New York Times mega-bestselling mystery writer and star of ABC's hit primetime show Castle, is back. In the seventh novel of his popular Nikki Heat series, the NYPD's top homicide detective has been promoted to captain just in time to face a thrilling case with a very personal twist. Captain Heat's fiancé, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jameson Rook, is deep in an investigation. Professionally for Heat, Rook's meddling in the case compromises her new job. Privately, it becomes an early test of their engagement when Rook becomes a distraction at best, and an obstacle at worst, as their parallel lives not only cross but collide.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Having read all of the prior Richard Castle novels, both the Nikki Heat ones and Derrick Storm ones, and rated all prior ones 4 stars, I never believed I would give any future one 5 stars, but Driving Heat deserves 5 stars to my surprise. This is a seriously good murder mystery. My review headline is a line from the novel.
Most people who started reading the the Nikki Heat series early are well aware that Richard Castle is a fictional novelist character on ABC's TV show "Castle". Castle joins with NYC police detective Kate Beckett to solve murder mysteries. The couple is now married. Much of the charm of the TV show is the interplay of the Castle and Beckett characters. The Nikki Heat books have been mentioned during Castle episodes as the books are released.. Detective Nikki heat is detective Kate Beckett and journalist Jameson Rook is novelist Richard Castle.
The Castle TV show is off to a slowest/worst start ever early in the 2015-2016 TV season. It is ironic that the best Nikki Heat novel, Driving Heat, was introduced just as the TV program shows signs of circling the drain. I do enjoy the Castle TV show and hope that it recovers the charm that made it successful.
The storyline is good. If you are listening to this book hopefully you have read or listen to all or most of the books leading up to this one. The story is written as they are in the other Richard Castle books. This is the first RC book I listened to and did not read. The speaker has a good voice, but I do not care for how he attempts to speak for Heat or other female voices. It's a little "put on" and just not at all believable to me. I will not listen to anymore of these books but will plan to read whatever comes out next on my own. They are a fun read.
High praise once again goes to Richard Castle. This addition to the series couldn't have come at a more perfect time. The readers who have followed the series throughout really got to experience character growth in this story.
I love this series and the storyline was really good. Enjoyed it all the way through. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
This is the seventh Nikki Heat novel written under the pseudonym of Richard Castle and while it doesn't break any new ground; what it does, it does well. The books are filled with action; unlike far too many contemporary novels it doesn't linger on what has happened previously or may happen in the future or the general condition of anyone's bellybutton or psyche. For a complex, fast moving story there are no highly improbable "wait a minute I gotta call bullshit on that" plot lines. The Nikki Heat series isn't great fiction but the author invariably relates a fast paced narrative with no shortage of action. I have no problem recommending the entire series.
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