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Publisher's Summary

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?

© Castle (c) ABC Studios (P)2012 Hyperion

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Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

Where does Frozen Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What did you like best about this story?

The action and suspense - knowing the basic characters from the tv sitcom helped my imagination while listening to the audio.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was surprised that the end of the story was left open

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  • Terri
  • Hartsville, SC, United States
  • 11-19-12

Frozen Heat - Enjoyed

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Sarah
  • Kaukauna, WI, United States
  • 11-05-12

Excellent Book!

What made the experience of listening to Frozen Heat the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Ok, but not as good as the last one...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Could you see Frozen Heat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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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  • William
  • LOUISA, VA, United States
  • 10-30-12

Heat Sizzles!

What did you love best about Frozen Heat?

The best things about Frozen Heat is the same as all the previous selections: The relationship of the intriguing characters and the fascinating plot.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns of the plot grabbed my interest and made me reluctant to turn it off, just like trying to put down a good book.

Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the three previous Niki Heat books and this is on parr with the rest.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Castle and Heat Sizzle!

Any additional comments?

When is the next one coming out?

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 10-25-12

Castle in Print is Almost as Good as Castle on TV

Would you consider the audio edition of Frozen Heat to be better than the print version?

Yes. I like the audio version of most books better than the print version. The reader brings the characters to life and adds emphasis and dialect that the reader can't possible know.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the entire story. I am a big fan of Castle, the TV show, and am pleased that Johnny Heller has the same inflections as the actor who plays the main character.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

Jamison Rook, of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Castle is hot!

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it is what it is

Where does Frozen Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great easy listen - I love to listen to this sort of book while I'm running. It doesn't take a lot of attention but is holds my attention and makes the long runs easier. If you like a fast murder mystery read this is great.

What did you like best about this story?

Consistent with the previous books, logical progression, and a hook at the end to get me to read the next book.

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

Rook

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were points that I laughed but don't remember specifically.

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Easy to listen to

There is nothing taxing or complicated about this book. It is exactly what you would expect from a book based and a book written by a character in a televsion show. I am still mildly surprised that the narrator is not Nathan Fillion each time I listen to one of these books - though I know it isn't going to be ahead of time! I listen to books on my way to work and this fit the bill perfectly.

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Very enjoyable

Where does Frozen Heat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good story & characters are well developed

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the total book it was well paced & the main character Nickie Heat is very interesting

Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

Nickie Heat

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were sad & funny parts in the book many make you smile.

Any additional comments?

Am looking forward to more of his books this is my second one of his I have done.

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The best so far in the series

The first couple of "Heat" tie-in books from the "Castle" TV show were...well, not great art, certainly. However, they have been steadily improving, and "Frozen Heat" actually had a very intriguing plot. It also sets up a sequel, so if you are looking for a book that ties everything up at the end, this is not it!

I found Johnny Heller's voice to be one of those that takes some getting used to, but a couple of hours into the book it was fine - in fact, his voice quality helped to set the overall tone of the book.

It's not the finest mystery novel I've ever heard, but it IS interesting and the plot moves along at a good pace. I listened to it mostly on a couple of 5-hour drives I recently made alone and it make the time pass much more quickly!