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Frost At Christmas: (DI Jack Frost Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

R. D. Wingfield
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ten days to Christmas and Tracey Uphill, aged eight, hasn't come home from Sunday school. Her mother, a pretty young prostitute, is desperate. Enter Detective Inspector Jack Frost, sloppy, scruffy and insubordinate. To help him investigate the case of the missing child, Frost has been assigned a new sidekick, the Chief Constable's nephew. Fresh to provincial Denton in an oversmart suit, Detective Constable Clive Barnard is an easy target for Frost's withering satire.



Assisted and annoyed by Barnard, Frost, complete with a store of tasteless anecdotes to fit every occasion, proceeds with the investigation in typically unorthodox style. After he's consulted a local witch, Dead Man's Hollow yields up a skeleton. Frost finds himself drawn into an unsolved crime from the past and risks not only his career, but also his life...


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    "Affecting, frightening and, especially in Frost's dialogue, extremely amusing" Listener "A crisp, confident, ripely-characterized novel; exciting, ingenious, roundly satisfying" Literary Review

    Book Description

    A brilliant crime novel from the creator of A Touch of Frost

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 890 KB
    • Print Length: 388 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003Z0CXPC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    After a successful career writing for radio, R.D. Wingfield turned his attention to fiction and created the character of D.I. Jack Frost, who has featured in the titles A Touch of Frost, Frost at Christmas, Night Frost, Hard Frost, Winter Frost and A Killing Frost. The series has been has been adapted for television as the perennially popular A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. R.D. Wingfield died in 2007.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 3 Mar. 2012
    By Lowther
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I bought this book after watching some of the television series and I absoloutley loved it. I am really into crime programmes and had thoroughly enjoyed A Touch of Frost on television. I think the books are even better that the televison series and are so exciting and full of twists and turns.I have two more books to read and wish there was more. I am only 16 so i can recommend it to readers of all ages and I really look forward to reading the next two books.You should buy this book if you want a really good read it's an amazing series.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Ancestor Hunter 27 Jan. 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I really enjoyed this book. I have always been a fan of the TV programme but Frost at Christmas has prompted me to purchase the remaining books in the series. My only regret is that there are so few!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Frost at Christmas 18 Feb. 2012
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    Having watched all the tv series with David Jason I was a bit sceptical of reading the books as however well R D Wingfield described the characters I would have the TV vision of them. Need not have worried - fell straight into the book and could visualise all the individuals (except the smoking, or which there is lots).

    The multi layered story flows effortlessly, the faults of Frost are described brilliantly. This is such an easy relaxing book to read the pages just fly past.

    I enjoyed this so much I bought the rest of the series - just a shame so few books were wriiten.

    If you want to relive the TV series buy this book and enjoy David Jason all over again!

    Hope you enjoy
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    As soon as I starting reading I was encaptured in Detective Frosts' world. You are there everywhere he goes pleading for him to have good luck or for someone to recognize that without him Denton (his Police District) would be full of criminals, weilding knives. The story is full twists of and turns and has times of great spirit and comedy together with utter dispair. There's something humanistic about Frost. Even though his so scruffy and crude you have to admired his honesty and love his character. These words can't explain how much I enjoyed reading all of the Frost books. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I've read. Frost is a modern Socratic figure with the power and character to find the truth under the mess of everyday life. Thank you Mr Wingfield. I wish I could give it six crowns.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, very well told 24 Dec. 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I enjoyed the book. The story is condensed and involved me. I liked the build up and the way Frost's character is portrayed, with all his flaws and weaknesses. It makes a refreshing change to have a detective who falls short of expectations of his nearest and dearest and admits to unhappy family life.

    After a brilliant start and engaging first few chapters the story was dilluted and the suspense lost only to recover in the later chapters.

    I did not like that the decisions that Frost took were based mostly on his intuition (no powers of deduction, alas). I did not enjoy the erotic scenes between the characters either and did find that these do not fit within the story, hence the 4 star rating.

    Overall, this is a good book to curl up with at Christmas.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Oct. 2011
    By Pat
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    My wife's review:

    Normally I try and read books in the order they are published as I like to see the characters grow and develop in their own back-story as each novel progresses. Unfortunately I was unable to do that with these novels, so this is my third Frost novel I have read and to be honest it made absolutely no difference on my enjoyment of the story.

    If you are a fan of the TV show then these books will certainly be enjoyed by you, they are a scruffier and more foul-mouthed Frost than the TV version and the jokes Wingfield makes throughout these novels are excellent. He was obviously a very talented writer and it's a shame that he only wrote six.

    As always a great read with witty comments that will make you chuckle whilst reading!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Frost, almost as you know him... 23 Jun. 2011
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    Ventured into these bacause i've been watching episodes of the TV series recently. I was suprised to find out that that there were so few books written in the series considering the number of TV episodes.

    Anyway, as to the book. I loved it. I love the way other crimes, some minor, some not, are intertwined with the main plot. I also think that Wingfield is a master of well drawn, realistic charactersisation. It is after all the interaction between the characters which elevates this above your average detective novel. The humour provides a release valve for the darkness that pervades the world they inhabit. The actions of the character are human and believeable as the hero(s) are often as flawed as the criminals, case in point, Frost's actions when he discovers the pornography in the book and his rather off colour sense of humour.

    Just going back to the TV series, i have to say they have done a remarkable job of translating this to the screen. Although the main character in the novels exibits more self doubt and is much harsher about his qualities as a policeman outside of 'nose' or intuition. He's also cruder and less cuddly and more petulant than the David Jason portrayal. I'm now looking forward to the other books and the new prequal about to hit the shops.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Sept. 2012
    By Peterr
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I've seen the TV series and enjoyed it - David Jason is excellent. The books have an even grubbier "Frost" who always comes up trumps! Well plotted, strong characters and highly recommended.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
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    Published 28 days ago by Jennifer B.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love frosts fumbling approach. And sincere though humorous approach to crime solving.
    Published 1 month ago by Edward Mailey
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Easy read. Jack's character not as endearing as on tv series i found it irritating that so much emphasis was put on his shambolic way of doing things. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Elena47
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
    I have enjoyed watching the whole frst series but this is the first time I've tried one of the books. I was not disappointed. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jane Austen
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    I enjoy all R.G.Wingfield books.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, enthralling.
    This the first 'Frost' book I have read. It has more than lived up to my expectations Gripping story and highly descriptive. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mrs
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    Great
    Published 2 months ago by sharneym
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