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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2001
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
on 29 April 2001
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
on 18 April 2001
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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I didn’t approach R.D. Wingfield’s DI Jack Frost series with any great enthusiasm. I’d seen enough of ITV’s Sunday night schedule-filler, with David Jason in the title role, to assume it would be lightweight, middlebrow, plodding fare, with signposted comic interludes.

I was utterly wrong. I gorged all six books in the series — Frost at Christmas, A Touch of Frost, Night Frost, Hard Frost, Winter Frost and A Killing Frost — within a couple of months.

There’s little point writing an individual review of each, as they all follow the same formula… There are usually three cases on the go in each book: a child/prostitute serial murderer, something rapey, and a robbery. Frost, of course, solves all three, each time accompanied by a different sidekick sergeant he’s been mis-matched with (female / posh / ambitious). On the way, he always succeeds in getting one over on his boss, Superintendent Mullett.

Described like that, it sounds typically banale and padded ITV fare. Yet R.D. Wingfield’s writing is anything but. The books are weighty, typically around 500 pages, but they crack along. Frost is multi-dimensional and scatalogically funny, the dialogue believably terse and crude, the narrative pacy, the plot-twists surprising. In short, they are (cue the reviewer’s standby cliche) page-turners, genuinely excellent detective novels.

There are flaws. In particular, the books’ casual sexism will jar with the modern reader. There are recurring motifs of Frost “jokingly” sexually assaulting Mullett’s secretary; there’s lots of sexual leering masquerading as banter; prostitutes are rhyming slanged as “toms”; child pornography is regarded as a minor offence; under-age girls are portrayed as knowing Lolitas; and a frumpy, middle-aged lady notorious for ‘crying rape’ is a stand-by comedy caricature.

Some readers may find it hard to get past these. For what it’s worth, I find them more fascinatingly revealing of the times (the series was published between 1984 and 2008) than I do irredeemably offensive.

My advice: get stuck in, judge for yourself.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 August 2012
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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on 6 May 2010
....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
on 3 November 2003
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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on 17 October 2012
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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on 23 August 2010
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2000
THIS BOOK WAS AS ENJOYABLE AS ANY OF THE OTHER FROST BOOKS I HAVE READ. IT WAS LIKE PUTTING ON COMFORTABLE SLIPPERS AND I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. THE PLOT TWISTED AND TURNED, AND FDROAST WAS AS IRRASCABLE AS EVER. ALTHOUGH MR. WINGFIELD IS MALE THE AUTHOR IS EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS AGATHA CHRISTIE
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