by Richard Castle – I’d wish I could give this novel 3.5 stars, as I did really enjoy it, but that’s not a choice, so I’ll round up to 4. I didn’t find anything to dislike, really, but I kept comparing it to the TV series Castle and those mental sidetrips pulled me out the plot more than once. The conceit is that Richard Castle (the main character on Castle) wrote these books, inspired by his interactions with Beckett (the female lead character), but conceit plays against the story when the reader can’t get it out of her (i.e., my) mind. And don’t get me wrong, the story itself is fun and interesting and well-written.
I have the next two books in the series on my Kindle, and I’m hoping to like them even more than this one. Perhaps after I get over the “cutesy” element of them having been written by a fictional character, which would be easier if there were an actual author credited publicly for the books, perhaps in the acknowledgements or afterword section. (finished 10/5/2012)