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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (17 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001056514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001056510
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,415 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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Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a walking nightmare in a politically-correct world. Caustic, chain- smoking and unkempt, Frost does not suffer fools gladly-- least of all his boss, the nit-picking Superintendent Mullet. Yet Frost still manages to command our respect and sympathy. The award-winning success of the Touch of Frost series on TV, starring David Jason, is testimony to how much this character is loved.

In Winter Frost, the fifth novel to date in the Frost series, a serial killer surfaces in Denton and seems to be a two-headed monster, killing both prostitutes and abducting small girls. Frost has an army of suspects rising from every gutter, from the simpering Charlie Weaver, who loves his mother so much, to the sex- obsessed local dentist and the foul-mouthed taxi driver. As Frost chases up a succession of blind alleys, his own position on the Force hangs in the balance. Will he be able to find the killer before he loses his own job? And will Frost's own cock-eyed attitude towards women--not to mention his tolerance of a plainly intolerable colleague- -mean that he'll miss a vital clue?

Wingfield's quick- fire style must owe something to the years that he worked as a writer for the Carry On films. He's one of the few crime writers who can employ a humour that takes none of the impact from his stunning set pieces of horror. -- Elizabeth McGregor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Frost is a splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Columbo.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times on Night Frost

“Fast paced and wryly amusing, Frost’s latest outing is a delight from start to finish, a unique and unlikely blend of humour and tragedy. More please.”
Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News on Hard Frost


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a marvellous character has been created in the guise of Inspector Frost.I had seen the tv series which is enjoyable but this book was my first authentic taste of the author's true creation.I don't think I have ever laughed so much whilst reading a book.I look forward to reading 'Frost at Christmas'.At Xmas of course!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2001
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This was the first Frost novel I have read but it makes me want to read all of them! I would recomend this book to anyone. It was fantastic and kept me glued up to the last page.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2001
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As expected Mr Wingfield kept me glued to this book. Here again was the Frost from previous books and he was as entertaining and real as ever. For years now I have waited for a new Frost book and I was not disappointed. Please keep them coming, as I was bitterly disappointed when I finished.
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2012
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In the main, Winter Frost is a terrific read. Wingfield's characterization is superb, with well drawn characters who come to life on the page. His dialogue `feels' real and narrative is well written. The first hundred pages or so, in particular, are very well done, sucking you in to the story and providing several laughs. My main issue with the book, as with the other books in the series is that there are too many plotlines. Not that they are difficult to follow, but that there's no way Frost would be trying to manage so many, especially given the seriousness of the cases. Two missing girls under the age of nine would have meant massive media coverage, an influx of national dailies, and huge pressure from senior police and politicians for a result. The same for a killing spree on prostitutes. The idea that both of these cases would be tackled by the same policeman, who is also looking after several others, and that a drugs case would have staffing priority is ridiculous. While having many plotlines makes for a lot of action it's really not needed as the book would have worked just as well with just one or two. I don't want to provide any spoilers, but as with one of the other books, I was also a little disappointed with the ending. That said, Winter Frost is a very entertaining read.
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....or you'd go crazy! Especially if you happened to be a copper in Denton - the town where crime never sleeps and neither do the local crimefighters.

This is my final Frost book. I've read them all now. I should have finished with A Killing Frost but no matter. This one doesn't disappoint. We are quickly dragged into a growing pile of horrid crimes and Frost himself is beset with the same old problems - crass superiors, daft subordinates and a growing conviction that he is losing the plot.

The humour, it has to be said, is schoolboyish and very insulting. I am prepared to believe that police do make off-colour remarks at crime scenes and are rude to suspects, witnesses and pathologists but Frost wouldn't really get away with it would he? We wouldn't have him any other way though.

The TV adaptation is a sad reflection of the author's oeuvre in my view. Jason is far too cuddly! Well done Wingfield.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "wheatleygavin" on 3 Nov. 2003
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Probably the best crime series going. I love Wingfield's books and his usual combination of dark and deadly crime and funny and lovable charecters has once again turned up trumps. From the dispicable Charlie Weaver to the bumbling DC Taffy Morgan, everything to do with this book was a joy to read. The thrilling suspense is a true page turner. Well done Mr Wingfield! Keep 'em coming!
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By Cangers on 17 Oct. 2012
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The 5th and darkest of the series so far, this sees Jack at his most self doubting while struggling to identify a child killer and a serial killer in the middle of a crime wave. Wingfield, as usual, mixes the dark with superb light moments especially the coachload of drunken football fans- I laughed out loud at this! The running battle between Frost and 'Hornrim' is as amusing as ever, a battle between the maverick and the bureaucrat.
The identification of the prostitute killer and the child killer will leave you guessing until the very end. Wingfield at his best and a superb read - a brilliant balance of humour and horror.
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By SJ on 23 Aug. 2010
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R D Wingfield didnt get to see many of his books made into the tv drama series which is such a shame. Although Frost in the books is made out to be a foul mouthed & scruffy Inspector it is easy to envisage David James as Frost, especially when comin out with the whitty one-liners to his superior, colleagues and the poor victims in the books. After reading the first Frost novel I then went on to read all of the others, all are an excellent read with belivable characters and story lines. However if you have seen the series chances are you will know the ending.
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