Frozen Heat

Frozen Heat

eBook - 2012
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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?
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2012
ISBN: 9781401304720
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Castle (Television program)

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Feb 17, 2017

I actually laughed out loud when it turns out that this policewoman also speaks French .. not just well, but like a native (didn't specify Parisian or what). She is steely-jawed but feminine, logical yet prone to sniping at her boyfriend when he asks uncomfortable questions that come too close to the truth, honest but respected by all, intelligent but modest, shuns swear words in the precinct, asks bad guys tough questions and they all fall for her, of course... OMG. It reminds me of those 1950s male characters (like the Saint) that were PERFECT. Get real! Oh and she's a sharpshooter as well. I mean, c'mon - the fact that she can take down her ex-SEAL trainer in their sparring sessions is just the tip of the iceberg.
I love competent protagonists but this is just.. ludicrous.

Kristen MERKE
Jul 12, 2015

My least favorite book so far, nothing really happening. Too much info about Nikki's Mom's case that I didn't care about. Ending was nothing special. Lacked excitement.

navy_dove_20 Oct 30, 2013

In my opinion, this book is by far the best one. Full of action and surprises.Heat's mother's murderer is revealed but there is more than meets the eye.

Dec 28, 2012

I just read Heat Rises non-stop in 20 hours. Waiting for Frozen Heat impatiently.

Nov 05, 2012

Most satisfying police story that was meshed in with a reactivated cell of spies from the past ... 4th book on Nikki Heat and her ever loyal squeeze Rook.

DanniOcean Oct 29, 2012

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette

Oct 02, 2012

Another good Castle tie-in novel. The story concerns itself around Detective Nikki Heat investigating a case with ties to the death of her mother a decade earlier. Alongside her significant other, Jameson Rook, and the various members of her precinct, Heat looks into the past and present cases, making some disturbing discoveries along the way. The pacing of the story is good, the humor is there when it needs to be, the action sequences are well rendered, and the writing comes across as having a perpetual wink to it... which is a good thing.


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DanniOcean Oct 29, 2012

A little bit Micky Spillane, a little bit Abbott and Costello, this fourth installment of the Nikki Heat series by fictitious author “Richard Castle” finds the NYPD Detective coming within an inch of catching the person who killed her mother a decade earlier. With her de facto partner (and lover) journalist Jameson Rooke by her side, Nikki has to overcome more obstacles than usual since she gets stonewalled from foes and friends alike, including a new captain who is fonder of seeking the spotlight more than justice, a co-worker more interested in mani-pedis than the beat, a dad who is more haunted by the past than she is, and a few folks who seem friendlier than they really are. Author Richard Castle (whoever he or she is) keeps the pace moving quickly, and of course there are more than a few bones thrown to fans of the Castle TV show (as well as fans of its lead, Nathan Fillion), not that being a fan is a necessary pre-requisite for enjoying the novels. Gimmicky? Sure. But given that the Nikki Heat novels do not even pretend to be great literature, enjoy them for what they are - sweet little adventures set in not-always-glamorous New York (although Frozen Heat has a side-trip to romantic Paris), with lots of tough-talkin’ cops, great dialogue, pathos and humour. There is not much gore, only tantalizing hints at sex, and a smooth unraveling of a well-plotted mystery. Who could ask for anything more on a commute or a cozy autumn evening with the wind howling? Find Frozen Heat and other novels by “Richard Castle” at under the tag Shelf Life Reviewed.


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