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Frost at Christmas [Hardcover]

R. D. Wingfield
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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17 July 1989

‘Tis the season of good cheer throughout the world, but with only ten days to Christmas, on a bitter December afternoon eight-year-old, Tracy Uphill goes missing. Read by David Jason.

Detective Inspector Jack Frost, Denton Police Force’s scruffiest officer, knows they only have a limited time to find her – and he’s also got to nursemaid Detective Constable Cliver Barnard, whose uncle just happens to be the Chief Constable.

Then the bodies start to pile up and a crime committed many years before leads a murderer to kill again.

R.D. Wingfield is in pulse-racing form as his always irreverent, always likeable hero with the common touch discovers whodunnit and why.

Read by David Jason, star of the major TV series A Touch of Frost.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (17 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0094692408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094692404
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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"Affecting, frightening and, especially in Frost's dialogue, extremely amusing" (Listener)

"A crisp, confident, ripely-characterized novel; exciting, ingenious, roundly satisfying" (Literary Review) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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A brilliant crime novel from the creator of A Touch of Frost --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 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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18 of 20 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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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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Sep 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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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Frost at Christmas is the first book in this delightful six book series. Frost is introduced as a befuddled, conniving, sarcastic, and insolent cop, promoted beyond his capabilities, who tackles crimes seemingly without rhyme or reason. Every one of his actions seem designed to be as inefficient as possible and annoy those around him, yet Frost receives loyalty from most of his colleagues as, at heart, he's a lovable rogue whose two commitments are to catch the bad guys and to share any plaudits. Wingfield's characterization is excellent, with every character well penned. The writing is light and comic, the story racing along at a cracking pace. My only gripe was the improbability of the interconnections between the plotlines, which were really not needed as what ties the strands together is Frost, not spurious sub-plots. Frost at Christmas was an entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frost at christmas / audio 8 May 2012
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I recently purchased this audiobook, because I love listening when I knit. It 100% lived up to my expectations, mainly because of the reading by David Jason. In fact, he IS Frost isn't he.. I allready knew the "plot" from tv of course, and Mr Jasons reading makes it a nice and relaxing experience, with the specific mood that's surrounds the image of "his" town Denton.

I can truly recommend this audiobook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frost at Christmas 18 Feb 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 17 hours ago by BASEFAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Bought as a present for my mum who loved it! I have now bought her the rest in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Diane Lestrange
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the TV series
The DI Frost in this novel is nothing like the TV series. He's more un-'PC' and occasionally sexist by today's standards, but even so he's more human and actually funnier and more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christech
5.0 out of 5 stars "Frost, but not as we know him, Jim."
The TV version of Inspector Frost is heavily censored and polished for acceptability. The author's raw character is even more of a catastrophe than David Jason's Frost, and after... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. H. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Frost is Brilliant!!
I absolutely love these books, they are so entertaining, and Frost is so funny. I read the last one (A Killing Frost) first because I didn't realise it was part of a series, then I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fay88
4.0 out of 5 stars First frost novel
He's a different character than you expect from the TV series. Mullet is not the bumbling incompetent I expected

good choice
Published 2 months ago by JONATHAN C HUDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for someone who doesn't read much
I bought this book for a reluctant reader to read on holiday. She loved the book and found it a very easy read.
Published 3 months ago by JMS, Bridgwater
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Easy to read, good plot, lots going on. This is the second in the series that i have read, and will definitely buy the others too.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Frost at Xmas
Have not read it yet but will do very soon, if you like the tv series you will like the books
Published 4 months ago by D. Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional cop saves the day
Frost solves multiple cases in his own pragmatic way. At times funny but no guessing the outcome too soon. Good supporting characters.
Published 5 months ago by catherine Simpson
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