ABC’s CASTLE vs. JD Robb’s IN DEATH Series

I recently mentioned in my Naked Heat review that one of my favorite TV shows is ABC’s Castle, which is about bestselling author Rick Castle and his muse, NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett. The famous writer tags along with Beckett and her squad as they solve murders, and while he frequently makes a nuisance of himself, he also provides them with valuable insight. The successful show has spawned a series of books written by “Richard Castle” (Heat Wave, Naked Heat).

While I was watching the show Monday night, I was also on my laptop looking at the book trailer for JD Robb’s Indulgence in Death, and it suddenly occurred to me—Eve Dallas = Kate Beckett. Ok, that’s an exaggeration, but there are definitely a few similarities between the In Death series and Castle. Kate looks a lot like how I picture Eve, and I think the banter between her and Castle is really similar to that between Eve and Roarke. No wonder I like this show so much!

I can’t believe it took me so long to realize the connection between In Death and Castle (duh!). Jose always refers to the show as Murder, She Wrote and I’ve also heard people compare it to Moonlighting, but never In Death. Now that I’ve noticed it, it’s like I’m seeing the show in a whole new light, and I can’t stop comparing the two. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Eve Dallas vs. Kate Beckett
Eve Dallas is described as a tall, thin woman in her thirties with whiskey colored eyes and short, tawny brown hair. Sounds a lot like Stana Katic, right?

Both are homicide detectives with the NYPD.

Eve Dallas became a police officer as a way to deal with the horrific abuse and violence of her childhood; Kate Beckett became a police officer as a way to deal with her mother’s murder.

Due to their pasts, both have the ability to empathize with victims and the need to stand for the dead.

Both are stubborn and fiercely independent.

And both partner with sexy male civilians, which leads me to…

Richard Castle vs. Roarke
While I love Richard Castle, I’ll be the first to admit that he’s no Roarke. He lacks Roarke’s dangerous quality and mysterious background (not to mention his lovely Irish accent and long hair). But the two men do share a few of the same qualities:

Both have a roguish charm that makes ladies swoon and men want to be their buddy.

Both have a thing for gadgets.

Both are rich and famous (although, unlike Roarke, Castle doesn’t own half the planet).

Castle and Roarke both use their fame and numerous connections to assist on homicide cases.

Roarke keeps Eve’s Auto Chef stocked with high quality coffee; Castle provides Beckett’s squad with espresso.

So what similarities between Castle and In Death have you noticed? Please feel free to add them in the comments!

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