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Deadly Heat (Nikki Heat #5)

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Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murd ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Hyperion (first published 2013)
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Nathi *Shut it and let me read*
Aug 07, 2013 Nathi *Shut it and let me read* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
YESSSSSSS new Castle's novel!

I'm one of those HUGE Caskett shippers! Yep, I am!
So, like it's not enough to have a series that you love, but they also have books inspired in the series that are from a genre that I simply loveeeeeee
So, Rook and Nikki are pretty much like Castle and Becks....ownnnnn *sigh*

Here we continue the saga and the mystery that was left from the previous book (yep, those books must be read in order) and there so many mystery in those book and the beauty how they are all solv
Feb 12, 2017 Marijan rated it really liked it
Imam osjećaj da je ova bila dulja nod ostalih, ali je fino zaokružila priču, vodila dva na izgled nepovezana slučaja koji su odlično uklopljeni na kraju, i, po običaju puna je aluzija i meta-zezancija. nije petica samo zato što nije re-read materijal
Sep 21, 2013 Monnie rated it really liked it
Woo hoo - it's another fun, easy-reading book in the series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jameson Rook and his police detective pal (and lover), Nikki Heat. Nothing mind-bending here, but just an excellent follow-up to Frozen Heat, the most recent. Although the book can stand alone, those who've been following the series - which in many ways mirrors the popular TV show "Castle" and often reads like a TV script - will wrap up some nasty issues that have been plaguing the dynamic duo fro ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Travis rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2013 Paullette rated it liked it
It takes so very little for this series to make me happy, Dear Reader, that I should probably be embarrassed (I'm not, FYI, perhaps due to the ridiculously high quality of these crime novel tie-ins to the ABC TV series Castle). However, even *I* must say that this latest installment of the Nikki Heat series is sloppy and disappointing. The books have grown larger in scale and page number after Heat Wave (the first-and-best), a development that worked well in Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2), but not s ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Fergie rated it it was ok
It's true that the Castle books are a great escape -- a guilty pleasure read, so to speak. I'm usually not a fan of the "fluff" side of literature, but after having read some heavy duty books (both fiction and non-fiction), I felt I needed something a bit lighter. The Castle books are just the kind of read that fits the bill. They're the kind of read that generally keeps the reader on his/her toes with suspense while remaining exciting with entertaining dialogue very similar to the show.
Jun 26, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
In the latest installment of Castle’s Heat series, the author picks up the narrative and storyline where the previous book left off; with a plethora of questions for Heat surrounding her mother’s death. While she tries to piece the clues together, a fresh murder sidetracks her. People are dying with coloured string left by the bodies. Is the killer toying with Heat or has she stumbled upon a larger plot? Boyfriend-go-writer Rook tries his best to help solve both case by pulling ‘strings’ and bri ...more
Clark Hallman
Sep 13, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle is the fifth novel in the popular and very enjoyable Nikki Heat series. Heat and Rook are embroiled in several complex investigations in this installment. Heat is still pursuing some details of her mother’s murder, but now an intelligent egomaniac serial killer calls her to discuss his latest and future murders. In addition, she works with federal law enforcement (one of whom is Rook’s former lover) in a desperate attempt to prevent a terrorist attack in New York Ci ...more
Dan Dundon
May 05, 2015 Dan Dundon rated it liked it
One has to marvel at the cross marketing of a TV show with a series of crime novels. Even the acknowledgments in the back of the book cite the contributions of the fictional characters on the TV show. The person at ABC who came up with the idea to tie in a book publishing deal with Hyperion Books (also owned by ABC) should get a bonus.
I enjoyed Deadly Heat but I had a hard time separating the book characters on the TV show. Whenever Nikki Heat was speaking in the book I saw Kate Beckett in the T
Amy "the book-bat"
I loved the Castle television show and these books are so much like the show that they give me what I am missing now that the TV series had ended. This one was particularly complicated and had lots of twists and turns. There were plenty of surprises along the way. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will just say that I can't wait to read the next one. I have it on order and hope it gets here soon :-)
Lakis Fourouklas
Sep 22, 2013 Lakis Fourouklas rated it liked it
I really loved the Heat series, until now. No, I’m not saying that all of a sudden I’ve stopped enjoying the books; I’m only saying that Deadly Heat is so predictable that it just makes no sense.

It was the suspense and the mystery that kept the pages turning in the previous novels, and these two elements seem to have gone missing from the latest installment. What’s not missing is the humor, but is that enough to keep the reader going?

My first thought, as I finished reading, was that in here we
The summary doesn’t lie. I think Deadly Heat picks up a few weeks after Frozen Heat ended. That caused some issues for me because it’s been some time since I read Frozen Heat, so I had some brain wracking to do. But that’s no fault of the author’s, purely my own.

There is a lot going on in this novel. Nikki is still trying to tie up the loose ends surrounding her mother’s murder while also trying to handle a case that evolves into a series of murders. Sometimes, I think there was too much emphas
Bryan Higgs
My wife and I have listened to many of these "Richard Castle" audio books during car trips. We find them very entertaining, and they serve very well to pass the time -- and more.

This one follows on with Nikki Heat's attempts to discover why her mother was murdered 10 years prior. She is actually the lead investigator in two major crimes, one a serial killer, and the other a conspiracy to commit mass murder (the latter associated with her mother's murder). The plot is complex and interwoven, figu
Apr 22, 2014 Pupottina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serie, thriller, cinema

Un tocco di umorismo tinto di sangue

È come ritrovarsi a guardare un episodio della serie tv “CASTLE – Detective tra le righe”, perché questo libro, come gli altri della serie di romanzi soft thriller, è l’essenza del programma televisivo, solo che il sorriso di Nathan Fillion lo si vede nel ricordo che il lettore e telespettatore ha del suo volto e della sua mimica facciale molto espressiva ed accattivante.
Il personaggio da lui interpretato dà il nome che firma il romanzo DEADLY HEAT.
May 10, 2013 JayeL rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, own, borrowed, audio, 2013, 2015
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Nov 11, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
I've decided there's a big difference between spending an hour watching the charming Rick Castle banter on your TV screen and reading his smart aleck remarks for 300+ pages. The name-dropping, the little jokes that are so amusing coming out of Nathan Fillion's mouth begin to lose their appeal about halfway through the book. Another annoyance was the tendency of the author to turn verbs into nouns. Stop it! Rick should know better. These books based on the popular Castle TV show re-imagine some o ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Nice series, but it gets confusing when you have watched the TV series; all the themes start to blend, as do the characters.

Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murde
Sep 20, 2013 Alisa rated it really liked it
The "Richard Castle" books are written primarily for fans of the Castle TV series, however anyone who likes a good mystery/procedural will enjoy them. The characters are engaging and the plots are developed with a sprinkle of humor, romance, poignancy, and surprise. For fans of the TV series, there are plenty of winks such as character names we've encountered before and references to the actors of the series. Fans of Evanovich, Patterson, Connelly, or the late great TV icon Stephen J. Cannell wi ...more
Mark Baker
Oct 03, 2013 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, mystery
Nikki is juggling two cases. She's working a serial killer leaving a weird clue to tie his murders together when someone connected with her mother's murder case tries to kill her. Can she juggle both while dodging bureaucratic red tape?

As usual, the writing is a bit hard to get into, but once I do, I get lost in the story. The characters could be a bit better developed as well. Honestly, both are minor flaws because I have fun with this book. Very creative tie in, and I am already looking forwar
Gina Goodwin
Aug 20, 2013 Gina Goodwin rated it it was amazing
BOOM Richard Castle yet again has provided an awesomesauce novel that had me glued from the first word. And of course, as Lanie might say in the show, we get the scenes that has us all reaching for ice... Not as intense as Heat Wave's page 105, but still. The storyline was fantastic. We've got humour, death, romance, deceit... And that's just in the first few chapters.
I love the show. And I seriously love these books.
The dedication was, yet again, perfect, and I love reading the acknowledgemen
J Stanley
Mar 14, 2015 J Stanley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I will be honest, I held off on the series because of the spin from the show. I glad I finally picked it up. This was one of the best mysteries that I feel I have ever read. The plot was coming from everywhere in the beginning and had me hooked trying to figure it out. It wasn't until the very end when the last piece fit in and I did not see it coming. Everything was there in the open but the story kept you moving to where you couldn't see the ties to what's going on. When the pieces started to ...more
Feb 01, 2014 Elsa rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
Grabbed this off the New Acquisitions shelf because I like the TV show.

It was terrible. I did make it all the way through, but it was a near thing. The Firefly references were intrusive. The Richard Castle-as-author conceit (Nikki is Kate! Rook is Castle!) was obnoxious. The author was clearly trying to weave four different stories together in a Dickensian way and did a poor job of it. The first few chapters were confusing and choppy, and the tying-up in the end felt contrived. Three twist endin
I like the show and was curious about the books so I got this from the library. These are books that Castle writes on the show. The problem is, the characters in the books are thinly based on the characters in the TV show and I kept hearing their voices when the book characters would talk. And, just like in the show, a key plot is the murder of the female lead's mother when she was a college student. It was just too meta for me and I couldn't get into the story. Plus the print was too damn tiny ...more
Isabella Norse
May 17, 2015 Isabella Norse rated it really liked it
Unlike many other reviewers, I really enjoyed this installment in the Nikki Heat series. For me, it was a literal nail-biter. (As a reformed nail biter, I don't say this lightly.) I'm usually very good a figuring out whodunit well before the end of the book so I was pleased to find a twist that I *didn't* see coming.

Well, done "Richard Castle" - whoever you are!

So many loose ends have been tied up in the books to date, I'm very interested in seeing where the story goes from here.

Aug 04, 2014 Gualtiero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Discreto. Un po' confuso all'inizio per le due storie in parallelo ma poi diventa interessante e non scontato nel finale. consigliato a chi già conosce il personaggio di Nikki Heat, collegato alla serie televisiva Castle
Eric Hunter
Jun 06, 2015 Eric Hunter rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did the first four in the series. It was still an enjoyable read, but it felt like the author lifted pieces of various Castle scripts, and stuck them together willy-nilly.
Margaret Pagnotta
Sep 18, 2013 Margaret Pagnotta rated it it was amazing
Better closure than the last one...I'm going to consider these as a "2 part" book. As always, I love the tie-ins with the TV show, but I really love the references to places I've been in NYC. Spending time on the Upper West Side of Manhattan really makes these books come alive for me!
Renee M
Dec 26, 2013 Renee M rated it liked it
1) So painfully predictable. You'll see every "bad guy" and "plot twist" a mile away...

2) I don't read this series for the suspenseful plotting. I read them because they're engaging and funny...

3) which this certainly was.
Kyoko M.
Dec 02, 2013 Kyoko M. rated it really liked it
Tense, charming, and delightful, just like its predecessors. The only thing stopping it from being five stars is just a little bit of predictability, and Salena Kaye was working my nerves something fierce by just refusing to stop being an evil bitch from hell during their investigation.
Nov 12, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-mystery
A fast-paced romp through the streets of New York. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook closely resemble their television counterparts: Kate Beckett and Richard Castle. Lots of humor and occasional references to Nathan Fillion and the Firefly television series (which Nathan also starred in).
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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 Rises (Nikki Heat, #3)
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“Rook gave Heat and Ochoa each a bottle of water, and both chugged. 'While you were in there, I went in the pet shop and got everyone out. Ever see Pee-wee's Big Adventure? I was this close to running out with two handfuls of snakes.” 3 likes
“And when the man Rook had dubbed the unholy spawn off Rahm Emanuel and Gordon Gekko wanted something, "no" came at your own risk.” 2 likes
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