Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's number one New York Times best seller Heat Rises comes the fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series, Frozen Heat. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again, facing an unsolved murder mystery that has haunted Nikki for 10 years.
NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background.
Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Nikki's search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat's passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother's cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?
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I loved the first two books so I wanted to buy the next three. But I read a lot of negative reviews on the 5th book (Deadly Heat) because the narrator changed. So before buying Deadly Heat, I listened to the sample. AAARRRGGGHH!!! The sample starts with a description of "who dunnit" from this book (Frozen Heat)!!! How silly is that! So even knowing who the killer was, I listened to Frozen Heat anyway and would have surely enjoyed it if I hadn't known what I already knew (and there were still some surprises) but I just can't believe anyone would think it was a good idea to tell the readers who the killer was from the previous book in the audible sample from Deadly Heat! I sure hope they change that!
I would put it in the top third. It is my favorite of the Richard Castle books.
The plot kept me involved and guessing. There are multiple crimes and suspects. I did not see the twists and turns coming.
Difficult question. I love all the scenes between Nikki and rook especially when they went to Paris. They have great banter. I also liked the scenes at the precinct.
I did laugh a few times.
These books are great companions to the Castle TV series. Also, Johnny Heller does a great job of narration.
For fans of the show Castle, this a little puzzle piece that can be enjoyed on the go
Got off to a slow start on this one. Nearly didn't proceed...but, glad I did. I think I should have listened to the first book in this series rather than start with the second...then, the start would have been better.
I truly enjoyed this book and will now go back and start with the first one before proceeding to the third. The story was well written and interesting to follow. I truly did not want it to end.
It took some time to get used to the "reader". He is not what I expected. That being said, I will listen to the rest of the series and he is the "reader". Guess he wasn't that bad!
I love to read & I love to listen to books when we travel or when I need to de stress and can listen while jogging, gardening, waiting in traffic, it just all depends on how well written the book is and equally important is the reader of the book itself.
The action and suspense - knowing the basic characters from the tv sitcom helped my imagination while listening to the audio.
When Nicki realized the suitcase they had just found a murder victim in was the same suitcase she had as a child and with her initials carved in the side. The same suitcase in fact that her mother's killer had stolen many years earlier.
I was surprised that the end of the story was left open
Being a fan of the TV Castle series, I purchased this book without realizing it was book 4. Thoroughly enjoyed the story line, the characters, and the narration. I will now start at book 1 and get caught up with the characters and wait for the next one.
I very much enjoyed the reading and the story line of this boook. I have listened to all of the Richard Castle books on Audible and find them to be the right combination of mystery, excitement and passion. Each book's story line moves quickly enough that there are no dull moments.
I enjoy the character of Nikki Heat because she is a strong yet vulnerable female who is thrust into a male dominated environment. She is a believable character with flaws and values that appeals me.
Johnny Heller is an excellent narrator, he has performed all of the Richard Castle books and his voice seems the embodiment of the characters in the book. He accomplishes bringing the characters to life effortlessly. I have not had the opportunity to hear him perform a different series.
The book ended too soon. And I look forward to the next in the series because there is no way you can leave a book that open ended without follow up.
Yes, I think reading this book was time well spent. I took it with me on a long flight, and it kept me entertained. I've enjoyed all of the Nikki Heat books, but this one was more on par with the first one than the third. I probably won't reread it, but I don't think it was a total waste of time.
Too much traveling! One of the things I love about this series is that it takes place in NYC. As a New Yorker, I get a huge kick out of spotting local sights and factoids in each installment. My favorite part of the book was the sniper on the Highline--spectacular! Unfortunately, this book keeps changing location, from France to Boston and back again. not only did I feel like it broke up the story too much, but it also eliminated those fun, attention-grabbing "I Love NY" moments.
The whole opening scene with the earthquake. Classic. And that was the other problem with this book. the best scene was the opener, followed closely by the end. Everything in the middle was just meh.
Haha. Seriously? This question has to have been randomly generated. And that's another thing... I had a harder time spotting Castle/Nikki Heat crossover pointsin this book. Obviously, the whole CIA spy thing, but there weren't as many funny little TV Show-based quotable moments in this one, which was disappointing.
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