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Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat #4)

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Hot on the heels of Richard Castle's #1 New York Times bestseller 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 ten years.

NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death a...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sahara Kelly
No false pretenses here - I'm a major fan of this television series. I have the t-shirt. I wear it proudly. Part of the appeal (besides Nathan Fillion) is the sharp and intelligent writing, which doesn't "dumb down" to its audience. That style has carried over to the books based on and around this series. Congratulations to the REAL Rick Castle, whoever you are.

Sure, these are not highly complex, technically magnificent tomes of suitable gravitas. The four Castle novels are good reads (pardon th...more
Rachel
Sometimes I find myself embarrassed reading the Richard Castle books because most would not call it "great" literature but it's definitely entertaining literature and anything that can take your mind out of your life and into a fictional one is pretty great as well.

I admit I started to read the Castle books because of my love for the ABC television program but that isn't necessarily my continued draw. The characters, while easily mirroring of the television counterparts Castle and Beckett, are s...more
Sally
When will we find out who really wrote these, so we can read their other books?

The mystery writer has not been solved yet. Which is too bad, because that was such a fun book! I'm sorely disappointed that the language and sex allusions were even worse in this book than the previous ones, especially since the show is a lot cleaner than most of prime time. Great mystery; terrific lead-ins to inevitable next bookS. Rook gets to show in ways that Castle never does.
J. Else
My favorite of the four novels. Yes, I groaned (loudly) when it was discovered this plot would revolve around Nikki Heat's mother's death, just like with the TV series which drug things out WAY too long. But I have to admit that I enjoyed the book’s mystery and backstory of Nikki's mother's death much better than the series’ plot and discovery of Kate’s mother’s death. If you don’t get the episode nods, it’s no big deal because everything is tied together well. The book has a great flow (as the...more
Alexis
May 23, 2012 Alexis marked it as to-read
Need to read this book! Don't want to wait till September! I can't wait to see the dedication in this one since the finale happened the way it did!
Kari
This book series and the TV show have completely melded in my mind. It felt like reading a more detailed version of the TV show. Which was entertaining enough, and I guess could be what they're going for. The only difference that stands out to me is that Rook does not have a daughter in the books. He's still a writer, has a theatrical mother (although she doesn't live with him), and Kate, er, Nikki, is a lead homicide detective who is haunted by the murder of her mother. Which is actually what t...more
Luanne Ollivier
I'm a latecomer to the world of 'Castle' - which is a hit television series built around author Richard Castle's time with the NYPD as a ride along observer with Detective Kate Beckett. Castle has turned those ride alongs into a series of successful books featuring Detective Nikki Heat and writer Jameson Rook. But.....Richard Castle isn't real either. He's portrayed by actor Nathan Fillion who does a fantastic job pitching 'his' writing. With me so far? It's a great fun premise! I enjoyed Heat R...more
James Rada Jr.
While Frozen Heat, the fourth Nikki Heat mystery from Richard Castle, can be enjoyed as a mystery novel, you'll get so much more from it if you also was the ABC TV series Castle. The series premise is that a bestselling crime novelist helps a New York City police detective investigate murders while he shadows her as inspiration for his newest detective heroine, Nikki Heat.

The series is fun and exciting with a great cast of characters. Most of the characters in the novels are based on the TV seri...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Hovered between giving this one 2 stars or 3 stars. I wanted to like it, but there were just too many things about this book that didn't sit right with me.

First of all, even though I'm not regular viewer of Castle, I'm aware this series is ghost written and attributed to the fictional protagonist of that show. Therefore I understand how in some ways these books have to read like a TV show to appeal to the fans of said show. Frozen Heat, however, takes that to a whole other level. It felt like ev...more
Timothy McNeil
The faux Richard Castle still thunders through the Nikki Heat novels like someone seeking to fill pages more than tell a story -- see every awkward instance of referring to characters by their full names or the repeated explanations as to nicknames of characters -- but at least Frozen Heat made an attempt to do more than follow the 'let's visit the same suspects repeatedly until one of them turns out to be guilty' device that had been the trademark of the earlier novels.
This one loses points fo...more
Marla
I would say I didn't like this one as much as the previous Nikki Heat books, but they didn't really stick with me so I can't say that for certain. I didn't really pick up, like the other books, where events had been drawn from various cases/episodes and incorporated into this storyline, which is what I really like about the books. And the author tried too hard to tell/show us how awesome Nikki Heat was in how all the other detectives rallied around her. It was just a little too over the top and...more
Fergie
I'll be the first to admit that although I like crime/cop shows like SVU & Castle, I was a bit hesitant to read this book for two reasons: (1) I thought a book "written" by a T.V. character (one Richard Castle) would most likely be beyond cheesy, and (2) mystery novels are not typically a genre I enjoy (as much as I might enjoy watching it on my t.v. screen). Nonetheless, I decided it was worth the chance to see if it would live up to the television series (which I think is superbly written...more
Carrie
Maybe I shouldn't have read this book so soon after Heat Rises. I didn't enjoy this book as much, but I think I was tired of the writing and to some extent the characters.

In Frozen Heat the serious, very serious, suspense storyline didn't mesh well with the attempts at lighthearted banter. I felt like the author(s) wanted to keep Rooks character consistent with the other books and perhaps the TV show's Castle, but they should have found a way to make him a little more serious this time. Also, I...more
D.B. Reynolds
This latest story in the Nikki Heat series continues where the last book left off -- with Rook falling to the ground shot. I would have like this book to take the story from there, but it actually jumps ahead to where Rook is pretty much recovered. I like the development of Nikki and Rook's relationship, including a couple of bumps on the road. I thought the story bogged down a little, and, frankly got a bit unbelievable, when it came to the story of Nikki's mom the spy. And where most of Castle...more
Tori
this book was really a mixed bag. The story flowed well, and the plot was interesting - and chances are, as it left on a kind of cliffhanger, I will probably read the next one when it comes out. But - parts of the story really bugged me. The authors definitely have a good thing going. The characters are based on ones from Castle, so they are familiar to us, and there are lots of jokes and one-liners. It almost feels, though, as if the book came out too quickly. I know this is nit-picky, but typo...more
Benjamin Thomas
Back when I read the first Nikki Heat novel, Heat Wave, I went in to it with more than just a little bit of apprehension. How could a mystery/crime novel based on a TV show, written by a ghost writer be anything but laughable? Kudos to the marketing imagination behind it, but come on...

Now, four books later, I am a firm follower of Detective Nikki Heat, Rook, and the gang down at the 20th precinct. These books are police procedurals and seem to get better with each one. I don't know if each book...more
Heather
2.5 stars. I placed this book on hold in e-book format with the library and had just started reading the 6th "Harry Potter" book when I got the notification this was available. Because I have "Harry Potter" in hardback and e-book loans are only for 3 weeks, I set "Harry Potter" aside to read this instead. So perhaps it's because it wasn't the book I was set on reading that I had a really hard time getting into it.

I've been reading this series because "Castle" is my favorite TV show. I felt the f...more
Cliff
The fourth novel in the Nikki Heat series goes along with the fourth season of Castle. Unfortunately, while the TV series has managed to come on very strong, the fictional tie-in does not.

In the course of reviewing Heat Rises, I was floored by all the clever references and careful thought put into that book which really enhanced my appreciation for the TV show. That is woefully lacking in Frozen Heat. If anything, this book is almost a throwback to Naked Heat. The Acknowledgements at the end of...more
Betsy
Frozen Heat Thaws... into a Puddle!

I had a really hard time finishing this book. I had to make myself sit down and read the last thirty pages, just so that I could move on to another book. I am a big fan of the TV series, "Castle," and I've read the three previous books in the Nikki Heat series. The one before this, "Heat Rises," was definitely a favorite, so I was looking forward to "Frozen Heat."

The pace of the story was confusing. Sometimes it seemed like a mini-version of the TV series, "24....more
Trak
This is the fourth instalment in the series of books and the blurring between characters on the television show and in the book is pretty bad. Half the time I was not sure if it was Jameson Rook or Richard Castle I was reading about. As the mannerisms and language of the two characters was fairly much identical. Was that an issue, no but with the first two books at least the distinction was reasonably clear.
This book commences with Nikki Heat trying to attending the murder of a Jane Doe and dis...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As I suddenly realized the new season of "Castle" was beginning on television last evening, I quickly picked up my copy of the latest book revolving around the series. The stories are close but do take different perspectives.

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...more
Meg
Nov 25, 2012 Meg rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
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Kirsten
The best in the "Nikki Heat" series yet! This book takes on a very daunting story: Nikki's mother's murder. It builds perfectly onto what we've already learned, and the main characters continue to grow and develop. The twists and turns will definitely keep you guessing and trying to solve pieces of the puzzle.

For those who follow the book's parent TV series, Castle (and I'd venture to believe that most Nikki Heat readers do) there are plenty of shout-outs to the series. Some are obvious, and som...more
Seana
This fourth book in the meta-fictional Nikki Heat series, based on the Castle television show, is the best so far. Written in the same tone as the show, and paralleling key plot points and character arcs, these books within the TV show are perfect companion pieces.

Frozen Heat chronicles the case of a woman found frozen in a suitcase. In typical thriller/police procedural fashion, the twists and turns of the investigation lead to unexpected discoveries and even links to Nikki's most personal cold...more
Kay
Sep 20, 2012 Kay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Nikki Heat, along with Rook, is busy uncovering her mother's killer. Her investigation takes them to Boston and Paris. The action just doesn't stop in this latest Castle book and contains a cliff hanger that makes me wish the sequel was coming out next week!

Now as to a bigger mystery--- who is the author???? Another reviewer told me she thought it was Tom Straw and that may be correct. The only hint the producer of the show has given is that he appeared on at least one of the shows! Straw is not...more
Amy (amyb2332)
I started this (Oct 2012) and then my ebook expired. The waitlist for the book is fairly long so I'll pick this back up in a few weeks! I'd read about 30-40 pages when I had to stop.

I'm glad to finally see some resolution to the storyline about Nikki's mom. I've enjoyed that storyline in the TV shows but I've not really liked it in the books. I wish the books focused more on just a new mystery each time and not this TV show like plot. But regardless, this book did finally seem to advance the st...more
Matthew Carlton
Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are back, this time tracking down the murderer of Nikki's mother. Sound familiar? If you watch ABC's Castle it should be; this loosely mirror's the arc revolving around Beckett's mothers murder.

The writing seems to be getting better as this series continues to grow, if you're a fan of Nathan Fillion's previous acting appearances you will find a tidbit here and there referencing his earlier works. The book reads like a Castle episode, but has enough difference that it...more
Jacques Goyette
J'ai adoré ce livre de Rick Castle, le 3e publié en Français chez City. Comme le mentionne M. Connelley, « Richard Castle est un grand pro : de mieux en mieux avec chaque livre. Une grande réussite.» Pour ceux qui suivent la série télévisée, vous savez que Nikki et Rook sont maintenant amants et qu'ils ne veulent pas le dévoiler aux Gars, ce qui crée des situations cocasses. Je vous préviens tout de suite; l'histoire est loin d'être finie et vous devrez attendre le suivant pour connaitre la suit...more
Mimi
Another enjoyable mystery w/romance by Mr. Castle. I don't know who the real author is, but I enjoy the books both as a fan of the TV series, and because they are right up my alley: bloody, light, and enough challenge to figuring out who the killer is. I hate it when I can spot the killer a third of the way in, and Mr. Castle always keeps me guessing. Also, Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are definitely a couple, thus relieving some the frustration I occasionally feel with the Castle/Becker dynamic...more
Danielle Turchiano
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Richard Castle is the author of numerous bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Derrick Storm series. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets, published while he was still in college, received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature. Castle currently lives in Manhattan...more
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