Book Review – Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

Review of: Frozen Heat
Richard Castle

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On 2014-11-19
Last modified:2014-11-19


Some good twists, but leaves too much open at the end.

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

The blurb polices:

NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat gets more mystery than she imagined when she arrives at her latest crime scene. The body of an unidentified woman has been found stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left sitting on a Manhattan street. A startling enough death, but an even bigger shock comes when this new homicide surprisingly connects to the unsolved murder of Detective Heat’s own mother. The gruesome killing of this Jane Doe launches Heat on a dangerous and emotional investigation, rekindling the cold case that has haunted her since she was nineteen. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she also digs into unexplored areas of her mother’s background-areas Nikki has been afraid to confront before, but now must.

Facing relentless danger as someone targets her for the next kill, Heat’s search will unearth painful family truths, expose a startling hidden life, and cause Nikki to reexamine her own past. Heat’s passionate quest takes her and Rook from the back alleys of Manhattan to the avenues of Paris, trying to catch a ruthless killer. The question is, now that her mother’s cold case has unexpectedly thawed, will Nikki Heat finally be able to solve the dark mystery that has been her demon for ten years?

If you’ve read the rest of the series then you know what to expect, and if not then it’s a fairly conventional crime novel with the added interest that it’s a second layer of fiction on top of the TV show Castle.

With the TV show in mind, I’m not sure it would be within character for Detective Beckett to allow Castle to write a book based on her investigation of her mother’s murder.  The story of Heat’s mother is completely different to the story of Beckett’s mother, but I still would have thought it was too sensitive a topic for her to allow him to write a book about.

What raised this book from a serviceable crime novel to a good one were a couple of surprising twists.

What lowered it from a good novel back down to OK was the fact that it leaves a bunch of doors open for the next book in the series rather than ending properly.