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Frozen Heat International Edition Paperback – International Edition, September 11, 2012
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The first 3 books in the series were quite good, and improves on rereads, which is difficult for a murder mystery novel. After all, if you already knew whodunit, what's the sense of reading again?
The sense is the characters are rich and the action is brilliant. I absolutely love Castle mainly for Detective Beckett, who is a wonderful, meaty character, and the novels increasingly capture it. Sure, there's dumb jokes and more than my fair share of cliches, but it kind of blends into the environment, and that they probably would be saying all those cliches if this were real life.
One of the beefs I have with this novel though (and consequently the removing of a star) is that Nikki Heat does something really stupid which hurts Rook and turns out badly for her. (Trying not to give spoilers). She takes offense at something stupid and just does something stupid in return. It seemed like a setup for some sort of crazy turmoil in their relationship or her sense of well being, and after its all said and done, it barely makes an impact in her life or their relationship. If a guy pulled a similar stunt on me then acted the way she did afterwards (before they 'made up'), I probably would walk away, no matter how much I cared. Seriously, it wasn't like super-huge-bad, but some major red flags would be up and I would have serious trust issues afterwards. And then it didn't matter, and they just moved on? Really hard to choke down that one. It was not cool!
The twists are really clever (while still being believable!) and the action is really fun and exciting. Everything else in the novel is superb. The excessive cop-lingo (and acronyms) that makes you feel like you're in a foreign country is quite toned down since the first novel, which is a big relief. I'll definitely go back and read it again, enjoying all the little nuances I missed the first time. Sure, there's a few things that you're like, "Why didn't she chase that particular lead down?" or, "Why doesn't she look there?" Or "She's walking into a trap! Wait for backup!" But you'll get that with almost every mystery novel or movie. (I think the trick is to not say it out loud when you're in the movie theater. ;)
And don't forget the serious cliffhanger. I got to the end and I was like, "Where's the rest?" It seemed like there should be another chapter or two. If cliffhangers bug you, wait until the next one is out and read them together. I certainly felt brought-up-short. I know at least one reviewer before wrote that it was "kind of a cliffhanger." No, its a serious, full-stop, mid-thought kind of cliffhanger. Not quite as bad as leaving off a person screaming in terror, but similar. Now we get to wait a whole year for the next part, oh goody. -.-
Anyway, have a lovely time reading this book. Definitely start with the rest of the series if you haven't read them yet, there's old characters to swim with along with new. (And watching the series does not count.) Also, if you like period mysteries, check out the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn. I don't think that one is quite popular enough for how good it is. :) Enjoy!
If you are a fan of the TV series, Castle, you will not have any trouble falling into the flow of the story. It's a quick read, a fast paced murder mystery that will jump from the streets of New York to the streets of Paris and back again. It will involved not just the NYPD but also Homeland Security and the CIA. As the story unfolds there become more and more of the alphabet soup groups getting in on the action. Do they belong as part of the action or not?
The story develops are characters even more than before, builds on the past but gives us some new insights. You will be drawn in to the life of Nikki's mother like never before. We will learn things about her that Nikki herself did not know until now. This will shed light on much of the past, but will also bring confusion on the present. Is Nikki's mom a hero or a villain? Was her murder random or deliberately planned? Is her murder really connected to the frozen woman in the suitcase or not?
If you enjoy the TV show and you enjoy police novels you will love this book. It's a quick easy read and will leave you wanting more, so, I imagine that more will be coming later.
Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are once again put together to help solve a crime, and write a magazine article that will make the NYPD look good to the public. The case is more than a murder case, it is a murdered woman found within the luggage that had been stolen from Nikki when her mother was slain.
At work, Nikki finds even more shocks as it is disclosed that this current victim is connected to Mrs. Heat's demise a decade earlier.
This novel introduces us to the inner Nikki Heat of her childhood. We meet Nikki's Father, and in many ways, are introduced to her Mother. Nikki's Mother was to become a premier concert pianist, what changed all that during one short summer in France? This is only one of many confusing things Nikki learns with faithful Rook by her side.
This book is not a cozy murder but it is an exciting one. There is sex and violence and language but there are certain elements in this books that keep me coming back. So far, none has exceeded my taste levels. I love the Television series as well. The fact is I'm not sure which I enjoy more, so keep on writing, Richard Castle.
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This one had a cliffhanger, can't wait to start Deadly Heat!