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Inspector Frost chases criminals in 1982,
This review is from: Morning Frost: (DI Jack Frost 3) (Hardcover)
The year is 1982, the place Denton, England and a foot is found in a nearby field while Frost buries his wife Mary. As his colleagues and a large contingent of the Masons in attendance at the wake the criminals in Denton go on a crime spree. With no time to mourn the loss of his wife, a wife who by his own admission he hadn't put at the top of his priorities, Frost is soon investigating a rape at a school, the shooting of a small-time crook and coming to terms with the fact that a new computer system is being installed in Denton Police Station.
This is the third prequel that James Henry has written to the brilliant R.D. Wingfield books featuring Frost. This last one takes us up to Frost at Christmas the first in the original series. James Henry does a fantastic job of recreating Frost and the writing of R.D. Wingfield, so much so that I forget that it this isn't the original. The crimes are sufficiently bizarre enough without being unrealistic, Frost is instantly identifiable, if a little younger and the references to the England of the eighties subtly inserted. I had forgotten how Radio Rentals and Rumbelows were ubiquitous in many towns, how life before mobiles meant the police would stake out telephone boxes and that once upon a time renting a video was the height of the technological revolution.
A great read for those of us who mourn the passing of R.D. Wingfield but Frost really couldn't have been put into a safer pair of hands.
This prequel series starts with First Frost: (DI Jack Frost 1) and was followed by Fatal Frost: (DI Jack Frost 2) and both are written with the same gentle humour along to back up a great police procedural.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review.