I am a huge fan of the ABC show Castle. For those who don’t watch it: Nathan Fillion (of Firefly fame) plays Rick Castle a mystery writer who is following Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) while researching a new series of books. In a recent episode, Castle’s first book is released. I don’t remember if I was just curious or there was something at the end of the episode, but I ended up going to Amazon and ordering the book.
It is a quick read, at just under 200 pages, but it is very well paced and doesn’t feel rushed at all. The wit, humor, and style are the same. The characters in the book all have analogues to characters in the show. Instead of Kate Beckett, we have Detective Nikki Heat, and instead of writer Castle doing research for a book it is journalist Jameson Rook doing research for an article on the NYPD. The book is plotted similarly to an episode of the show, starting at a crime scene and following the investigation through several plot twists until the case is solved. Most of the story is told from Heat’s point of view and includes a lot of her inner dialogue, I’ll be interested to see how much of the Heat character shows up in the Beckett character later in the show.
My only complaint is that for $20 the book wa a bit short. Amazon has it on sale now for $10.99, so if you’re a fan of the show buy it.
Slight spoiler: the only major departure from the show are the romance elements included in the book with Heat.