Just curious-- i've watched a few episodes of the show and love it but haven't read the books yet. they look cool but i dont know if it's worth taking time to order and read them all. what makes them so great/do you just see them as entertainment? should i read the books first or catch up on the series first?
These are fun great reads. It is what the book would be in the show. Therefore all the names are changed, and relationships are slightly different, but it's generally a more involved and more detailed telling of solving a case. Within the book, one case is solved yet the character development is more like that of several episodes of the TV show. It's a good fun companion to the show if you ever wanted to know what is being written in the books that Castle writes.
The great thing about reading the Nickki Heat books after seeing the TV show is that you have a picture in your mind of all the characters and their relation to one another. Every character in the squad is a familiar face as you read. It's twice as enjoyable when you can picture Rook and Nikki as you remember them from the show.