Author – Richard Castle
Published – 2011
Genre – Crime fiction
Having received “Heat Wave“, the first book in the series as a present last Christmas, my husband surprised me with a spontaneous gift of the second title during 2012! If you’re not familiar with the TV series, Richard Castle is a crime writer shadowing NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, who he uses as the inspiration for his fictional character Nikki Heat, and the books feature a superstar journalist, Jameson Rook, who bears an uncanny likeness to Castle.
It’s three months since Heat saw the article Rook was planning to publish about her and three months since she last saw Rook. Heat felt the whole article had become too personal and Rook wouldn’t or couldn’t back down, so that had been the end of their relationship. Since then Heat has been trying to come to terms with the impact its publication has had on her, her relationship with the rest of her squad, and the high profile it has given her with the public.
The crime story part of the plot is the murder of vicious gossip columnist Cassidy Towne, who as coincidence would have it had recently been working with Jameson Rook. Needless to say Rook manages to inveigle his way into the investigation! Towne has made a great many enemies so there is no shortage of suspects and the squad, along with Rook, track these down.
This isn’t the only murder Heat’s squad is trying to solve, but there’s more pressure on them to find the murderer of a notorious gossip columnist than an unidentified Hispanic man.
The relationship between Rook and Heat isn’t as intense as it was in the first book – there’s a reason that dramas like Castle and Moonlighting drag the “will they, won’t they” aspect out, because once this has gone there’s a certain spark that’s lost too. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing interesting in their relationship, but it’s not got the same tension as the first book.
Still a good solid murder mystery, especially if you enjoy the TV series.
Score – 4/5