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A Touch of Frost [Hardcover]

R. D. Wingfield
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5 Feb 1990

Sleepy Denton is sleepy no more; a dead junky, a missing girl, a robbery at the strip joint, an MP accused of a hit and run offence and a multiple rapist at large are all sent to try David Jason’s already overworked DI Jack Frost.

A rapist on the loose, a young girl missing, a robbery at a leisure complex run by a low life, and an old man knocked down by a driver who wouldn’t stop … Detective Inspector Jack Frost knew that there would be lots more to come …

The crime novel at its compelling best, as David Jason read R D Wingrield’s A Touch of Frost.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (5 Feb 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0094695202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094695207
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"A funny, frantic, utterly refreshing brew" (Sunday Telegraph)

"What impresses most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters. Frost himself is spendidly drawn" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Another fabulous crime novel from the creator of A Touch of Frost --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny 22 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Because I enjoyed the TV series enormously I've recently purchased all of Mr Wingfield's books. The first one I chose to read was A Touch of Frost. His portrayal of all the characters is very descriptive and the narrative is brilliant in it's humour. I couldn't envisage anything better than the TV series, excellent as it was, but the books are far better. A warning though: don't read these books in public - your rawcus laughing at the wit on almost every page may just disturb others. I wish Mr Wingfield would write more. I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms already. At least 12 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 25 Jan 2012
By Jan
I bought this book after watching and thoroughly enjoying the TV series. As always the book is even better. As usual there is so much more detail in the books.
The Frost series differs from other detective novels greatly. The books are based on this policeman's working day, so it involves a number of cases & crimes. Other detective novels usually focus on one crime as their plotline. So Frost could be dealing with a missing person, a murder and burglaries all at the same time. However, this is in no way confusing for the reader. It is extremely easy not only to follow the plot but to get sucked in and not want to put the book down until the end.
David Jason plays this character exactly as you would imagine him.
As one of the other reviewers warns - be careful about reading this book in public as you will laugh out loud.
I would strongly recommend this book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better even than the TV series 14 Jun 2010
Having read the Morse novels, I moved on to Frost - and it's interesting to compare the two. The Morse of the books is much like the Morse of TV - but Frost on the page is more chaotic, more bawdy and more jaded than on the small screen. (Supt. Mullett, however, is the same in both and TV's DS George Toolan seems to be DS Arthur Hanlon in the books.)

The trademark storylines are all here: multiple cases, Frost multi-tasking haphazardly between them, running on instinct with peerless street-knowledge and putting together the loose ends that others don't. Frost may be disorganised but nobody beats him for serendipity.

This novel is a real page-turner (they all are :-). If you've seen the series and want to read the books, start right here!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch Of Frost 12 May 2011
If you haven't read any Frost books...DO IT NOW.
Immensely entertaining characters and plots, all
combined with the usual excellent Amazon prices
and efficiency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 12 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Review by Jennie Bailey. I really enjoyed this novel, others have commented that there is alot going on, to many cases on the go BUT if like myself you have watched the tv series you will recognise the cases from the series so won't confuse you, also I found there never to be a problem wondering which case they where on at the time as it was well written to not confuse you, I guessed very quickly who all the murderers where and that was not because I remembered the series on tv, but just because I always seem to (unfortunately) there is alot of difference between the book and tv series so you won't be spoiling it for yourself if you've already watched, even recently, Frost is a wonderful character, and you'll warm to him, from the start. It is funny as others have mentioned, and I found none of Frost's comments crude, just laughable. Yes it is rather nicely tied up at the end, it could have been another 50 or so pages long, and I found Webster, Frosts sidekick really annoying as he should of realised how lucky he was to be working with Frost and not horrible, arrogant Allen. You will find you can't put the book down, now I'm of to buy the next, hope it's as good. BRILLIANT
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5.0 out of 5 stars a touch of frost book 18 July 2010
i have watched most of the TV series and this book is exactly the character David Jason is. i have purchased three more books because they are a great read. story lines are so realistic and easy to follow once you get into the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars frost 10 Jan 2011
By carla
One of the best books i have read in a long time, could not put it down. I dont normaly read in the day but i did with all the Frost books. Could do with 20 more! Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Frost 9 Oct 2009
A easy to read book which will keep you wondering what twist it will take next and when you have to leave the world of Jack Frost, will keep you eager to return.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We all love frost
Loved this book,Frosts character shone through and the bumbling detective as endearing as ever whilst solving crime after crime. Highly enjoyable read
Published 24 days ago by Mrs B A Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent murder mystery
A very enjoyable read. Well written with a good dollop of humour. I thoroughly recommend this book. Excellent holiday read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Susan Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Just shut your eyes an imagine David J
Do this and you won't go far wrong. The book captures far more of the depth of both the plot and of the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anthony V
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Frost
I've read this story three times so far and still find the story telling a delightful page turner. R. D. Wingfield is a sad loss.
Published 5 months ago by Derek
4.0 out of 5 stars A great page turner
Which comes first the book or the tv programme as your reading the books you can see David Jason a fabulous read it's that good that you don't want to reach the end
Published 5 months ago by janet christine young
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of Frost-thriller
Another fast-paced novel by Wingfield. Very engaging. Familiar characters because of the TV series. Looking forward to his next book.
Published 8 months ago by Dr. D. N. Redhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Frost is a must read
Classic frost. The various crimes covered in the book and the characters involved meant that I could not put the book down until I had read to the end.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
I have only just recently watched a couple of the TV programmes which has made me read this book. This is very readable and unlike many crime books, Frost is having to juggle his... Read more
Published 14 months ago by SHADOWSFAN
4.0 out of 5 stars A touch of Wingfield!
Brilliant big fan of the frost books! Great story I would recommend to anyone even if your not seen the tv series
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. Grassick
5.0 out of 5 stars R D WINGFIELD
HOOKED!!! Second purchase via this author. Cant wait for more books. Superb, entertaining and gripping and with humour.
Absolutely no hesitation in recommending.
Published 16 months ago by carol marshall
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