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Castle

by Deborah Harter Williams


As we consider Father’s Day, it is obvious the role that fathers have played in a staple of television comedy: Father Knows Best, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Parenthood, Modern Family. But they are also integral to many a plot twist and emotional conflict driving drama as well, particularly in the crime and spy genre.

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Driving Heat By Richard Castle

IN THE October 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
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andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Cyntha Chow


New York Police Department’s Captain Nikki Heat thought she was prepared for her first day as commander of the Twentieth Precinct. Who could have predicted that the first homicide of the day would be of Lon King, a psychologist contracted with the NYPD? Nikki saw him on an ordered evaluation—and she continued to see the psychologist, a secret she held back even from her boyfriend Jameson Rook.

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by Cynthia Chow



We are so excited to have a review and giveaway of Richard Castle’s new mystery Raging Heat. And not only do we have the review, we were able to interview Richard Castle himself! Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book, along with a link to purchase the book with a portion going to help support KRL.

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Wild Storm By Richard Castle

IN THE August 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow



Derek Storm carries a gun called Dirty Harry, can scale a building like Spider-Man, and fix an airplane with tape, midflght, on the wing. He’s a man of the new millennium, so even though Derek Storm may be a sucker for a pretty face, he respects women too much to be a love ’em and leave ’em Lothario. That doesn’t mean, of course, his hormones won’t tempt him when his instincts should warn him.

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by Cynthia Chow


When I faithfully tune in each week to watch an episode of ABC’s Castle (or even the rerun marathons on TNT), it’s not to follow labyrinth plots or twistedly complex plots. No, I’m watching for the pleasure of the witty banter between Richard Castle and the NYPD detectives, the still shiny romance of Castle and Kate Beckett and of course the one-line witticisms spouted off with brilliant comedic timing by Nathan Fillion. When I read a Nikki Heat novel “written” by the fictitious Richard Castle though, it is for the surprisingly well-constructed and very well crafted mysteries that are true police procedurals and not romantic comedies.

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Fall 2013 in Mystery TV

IN THE September 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andJesus Ibarra,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
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by Jesus Ibarra


Beginning its ninth (possibly its final) season, Booth and Brennan are stronger than ever. Finally, getting together and making a baby in the last two seasons was the creative jolt this show needed to keep long time fans happy. Not only that, but also this season is the season where marriage finally happens unless producers are teasing us in a cruel way.

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by Cynthia Chow



Frozen Heat picks up after the events of Heat Rises, with journalist Jameson Rook recovering from the gunshot wound he received while heroically taking a bullet to protect NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. While the romantic duo do their best to expand on the definition of just what constitutes as physical therapy, their dedication to recovery is interrupted by the discovery of a suitcase stuffed full with a frozen corpse.

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by Cindy Chow


One needs to approach “Richard Castle’s” A Brewing Storm with a certain attitude. First, the author is a character on ABC’s hit detective television show, Castle, which is based on the premise that the celebrity author of somewhat cheesy best-selling action-spy novels has burnt out writing them and is looking for inspiration from the “real” NYPD homicide unit.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



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.

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Mystery TV Fall Preview

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andDeborah Harter Williams,
andTV
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by Deborah Harter Williams



Fall is in the air, at least in my imagination. The advent of Labor Day turns my mind to thoughts of fresh pencils and notebooks, new shoes and the TV Guide fall preview issue. I can almost feel the heft of the glossy pages as I set out to plan my TV life back in the day – a time when there were only three networks, you had to hurry home to watch your favorites, and sometimes faced painful choices when two were on at the same time.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we have a review of Naked Heat, the latest Richard Castle mystery novel featuring NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat. We also get to learn some of Castle’s thoughts on this book in an interview with him, provided to us by his publisher. At the end of the interview there are instructions on how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Naked Heat!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



We have a bunch of mystery fun today-a book review of Heat Wave by Richard Castle, an interview with Richard Castle provided to us by the publisher of the Nikki Heat books, and a giveaway of a copy of “Heat Wave”–instructions on entering at the end of the article. Enjoy!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



When I first began to see promos for Castle, I knew it was something I had to check out. Beyond the fact that he was a mystery-solving mystery writer a la Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote

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