Heat Rises by Richard Castle: Book Review/Giveaway

Feb 4, 2012 | 2012 Articles, Lorie Lewis Ham, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Lorie Lewis Ham

At the end of this review are details on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Heat Rises.

It is no secret that I love the TV show Castle and I have also enjoyed the Castle novels that are “written” by the Richard Castle character. The novels are the ones that he is writing in the show featuring Nikki Heat, a character based on police detective Kate Becket— his partner in crime, and we hope eventually in much more.

Having reviewed the first two books, I was excited about reviewing the new one, Heat Rises. In Heat Rises a priest is found murdered in a New York bondage club and this is just the beginning of a web of secrets that unravel as the story goes along, causing Nikki to not only lose her badge but nearly her life. There are definite parallels to the storyline in Castle last season involving their Chief and his ties to some dark secrets.

The plot is well crafted and while I figured out some of it before Nikki, there were some definite surprises. But for me the more important storyline was the relationship developing between Nikki and the character of reporter Jameson Rook, obviously based on Castle. Since my favorite character is Rook, the beginning of the book wasn’t as interesting to me because Nikki is alone with Rook out on a long assignment. When he returns there’s a lot of tension between them because she hasn’t heard from him and she’s now confused about their relationship. The “heat” definitely returns between the two of them before the book is over, with him back at her side unraveling the mystery.

If you enjoy the Castle TV show, I highly recommend checking out these books. It’s fun to see the similarities to the show within the books and the tie in when Castle talks about his books on the show. It’s just all around some great fun for Castle fans.

For more Richard Castle fun as an author, check out http://www.richardcastle.net/

To enter to win a copy of Heat Rises, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife.com with the subject line “Heat”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 11, 2012. U.S. residents only.

Check out KRL’s review of Richard Castle’s other books in this series along with two interviews with him!

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.


  1. I’ve seen the show and it would be interesting to compare the show to the books.

  2. I like mysteries and mysteries well done I really love. I particurly love a team and the realationship that surrounds them. This book sounds like a real winner.

  3. Thanks for the review and the chance to possibly win a copy of the book!

  4. We have a winner thanks for entering! Keep coming back
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher



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