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Deadly Heat

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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