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Deadly Heat

(Nikki Heat #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,686 ratings  ·  751 reviews
Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat's past as well as an all-too-present serial killer, in Richard Castle's follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Frozen Heat.

Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a deca
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Published November 26th 2013 by Hachette Original (first published September 17th 2013)
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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: Wherein light-bulb moments have oral switches, like Password clues, flashing out shadows for targeted retrospection.
Nathi *Shut it and let me read*
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
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
This fifth book in the Castle series goes over the top as Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook go after both the traitor unveiled in the last book, but also face a genius serial killer who likes to kill detectives. Castle tries to shove in so much tension and suspense it almost becomes cartoon-ish.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
such a fun ride
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book, yet. I spent most of the book thinking one person was the mole. Not only was I wrong about who it was, there were two of them. It was very clever the way the two cases Nikki Heat was working on were intertwined. I look forward to reading the next one.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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
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
Lizzy Seitz
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 out of 5 stars

I listened to this via audiobook and that made it even better as I got pulled in so deep! I fell so in love with this particular plot and even missed my turns a few times driving because I was too invested with the plot of this book!
Lakis Fourouklas
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
Jim C
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book in the series written by the fictional character Richard Castle from the television show Castle. This one is a continuation from the previous novel. In this one, Nikki's case about her mother is more complex and has more dire consequences. At the same time, a serial killer is on the loose and has set his eyes on Nikki.

I liked this entry in the series but it didn't capture me like the previous novel. There was the usual banter between the two main characters. And there was th
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2015, audio, kindle, borrowed, 2013
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another cool Nikki Heat book by "Richard Castle" (btw, who actually writes these, as I'd love to read some of their own books!), this time with Nikki torn two ways - between hunting for a serial killer nicknamed the Rainbow Killer, and finding the remaining elements behind her mother's murder and stopping whatever plot they have planned. All whilst battling interference from her Precinct Commander, a mole in her team, problems caused by the ever-useless "Defective" Hinesburg, and DHS (especially ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gina Goodwin
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2013
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
J Stanley
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through.

Deadly Heat is the fifth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) published in September of 2013. The book released right before Season VI of t
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Isabella Norse
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 :-) ...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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

Other books in the series

Nikki Heat (10 books)
  • Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
  • Naked Heat (Nikki Heat, #2)
  • Heat Rises (Nikki Heat, #3)
  • Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat, #4)
  • Raging Heat (Nikki Heat, #6)
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When it comes to the romance genre, second books can be a bit like second dates, can't they? You've had that great initial meet-cute with...
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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.” 2 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.” 1 likes
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