Pros: Enjoyable on multiple levels
Cons: You need to be a fan of the show to get any real depth out of it
Rating: 4 out of 5
With all the review books I have on my To Be Read stack, I hadn’t expected to get around to picking up “Richard Castle’s” Heat Wave. Then I found myself hanging around in a Borders cafe after a root canal, and it seemed like a nice, distracting treat. Odds are you’ve at least heard of the TV series “Castle,” in which writer Rick Castle is shadowing detective Kate Beckett as research for his novels about detective Nikki Heat. Lucky for us fans, someone came up with the brilliant idea of publishing the fictitious Castle’s books so we could enjoy another layer of the game.
I’ll get this out of the way straight out: if you don’t watch the show, you probably won’t get that much out of the book. It isn’t particularly meaty if you can’t enjoy the extra nuances brought out by knowing that the characters in the book are based on those in the show. That said, if you really just want a quick, easy, entertaining mystery, you could certainly do a lot worse!