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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
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Hyperion (first published June 1st 2012)
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Sahara Kelly
Sep 19, 2012 Sahara Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2016 J. Else rated it really liked it
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Oct 09, 2012 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it liked it
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
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!
Dec 26, 2012 Kari rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Timothy McNeil
Nov 05, 2012 Timothy McNeil rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, tv-tie-in
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 f
Oct 21, 2012 Marla rated it it was ok
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
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 23, 2012 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
James Rada Jr.
Dec 07, 2012 James Rada Jr. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Jul 08, 2013 Fergie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
These Richard Castle books are just so much fun to read. In the latest, Beckett finds out who killed her mother and why, so it's a most satisfying read for fans of Castle following that storyline on the television series.
I like the little nods to the show in the books. It's interesting to see the difference between the books and the show. This book might have had the biggest parallels and biggest departures. This was also the first book to end up semi-unresolved. Guess I'll have to get the next book soon. ;)
Oct 07, 2016 Nadine rated it it was ok
Not my favorite out of the series.
Aug 10, 2013 Betsy rated it liked it
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.
Richard Draude
Jun 11, 2015 Richard Draude rated it did not like it
I too am a huge Castle TV show fan, but I have to disagree with many of the reviewers. I looked forward to reading any of the Niki Heat novels. I picked up Frozen Heat, read the first chapter and a half, and close the book. Whoever the writer is, may be sticking to the show’s formula, but the complete overuse of adverbs kept throwing me out of the story.

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Stephen King.

While I can read and enjoy novels written before publishers made a big DEAL of "Show, Do
Sep 23, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2012 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Jun 14, 2013 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, humour, 2013
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
Dec 07, 2012 Tori rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Cliff rated it liked it
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
Jan 03, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I don't know why I can't find a version on Goodreads that matches my copy but the book is 443 pages, not 309. With that being said, I absolutely loved this book. I am huge fan of the show Castle and I think that lent to the awesomeness of the me, Heat and Rook are Becket and Castle and that's how I read them. This is the first book in the series that I've read (thanks to my Wife for purchasing it for me) and I was a little skeptical at first because I had seen some poor ...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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 25, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
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
Bob Clarkson
Aug 14, 2015 Bob Clarkson rated it it was amazing
People read books for enumerable reasons. I read Richard Castle books because I know I'm going to get a nice mystery filled with punny lines and double entendre. I know I will walk away at the end of the book more happy than when I started.

Just the thought of reading a book about a NY detective and her fiction (and fictional) writer friend written by the fictional author and friend of a hot, female NYPD detective in a television series by writers of fiction is like playing five line tic-tac-toe
D.B. Reynolds
Oct 09, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Kirsten rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2014 Seana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, thriller, mystery
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
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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
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  • Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
  • Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)
  • Heat Rises (Nikki Heat, #3)
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