Heat Rises - Richard Castle I agree with others that this was the best one yet. I really shouldn't have taken this long to get to it, but admittedly I was discouraged by the novel's blurb. I really hate those hackneyed "protagonist gets too close to the truth, gets blocked by being framed and disgraced" type stories, so I didn't make book three my priority.

Still, the action, thrills and suspense more than made up for it. Unlike the previous two books, this was the first time I felt that Nikki Heat was deep into a mystery and conspiracy much bigger than herself. As the stakes were raised, so was my interest. I tore through this book, eager to get down to the bottom of the case.

I also enjoyed the flow of the novel; the dialogue is humorous without being forced, and it was easy to just get into the story.