In Crashing Heat, author Richard Castle unfolds the latest exploits of crime-solving duo Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook when a fan of his ends up dead and Rook is framed for the murder. As the husband-and-wife team investigates, more secrets from the couple’s past emerge. Will their marriage survive this ordeal? More importantly, will they uncover the real killer before it’s too late?
Crashing Heat is a spin-off of ABC’s hit show Castle and ties loosely into its storyline. The two lead characters are lovable wise-cracking personalities who can’t live without each other. Set in the bustling metropolis of New York City, this adventure has all the marks of an intriguing mystery.
However, the plot is loose and lazy, the playful banter between characters becomes boring, and certain intimate scenes between the married couple are unnecessary. The writing in the early years of the TV edition is some of the best I’ve seen. Crashing Heat is not a worthy replacement. The latest books in the series are a huge disappointment.