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First Frost: DI Jack Frost series 1 Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065341
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was delighted to read FIRST FROST. Not only a gripping mystery, but an exclusive look at Jack Frost's early years" (DAVID JASON)

"This is brilliant! A must for all fans of Frost, but also so much more. Gripping, finely written, it stands as a classic, period crime thriller in its own right" (PETER JAMES)

"Frost is back - this is a brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough" (MARTINA COLE)

"This is great stuff. Just when you thought you'd seen the last of him, Jack Frost returns in a prequel to the series, which finds Frost in his best paisley tie tracking down a missing girl" (PETER ROBINSON, bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series)

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R.D. Wingfield's unforgettable Jack Frost returns in this gripping prequel to the bestselling series

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Format: Hardcover
I loved this, because the authors have been really clever in their approach to a new Frost novel - they've stayed true to the Frost we know and love but they have also given the series an interesting new angle by taking it back to the 80's - this is Frost in flares and a brand new rain mac, before he was promoted, in the days when making a quick call meant finding a phone box first...
A very gripping, easy to read crime novel, and good fun too!
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I found this just as good as the other Frost novels even though it was written by another author. I read it in two days, unputterdownable.
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Having read all the other Frost books I didn't believe that another author could take over but I was wrong, so wrong. James Henry had done a great job and a seamless takeover. The same humour and turn of phrase. Please can we have more Frost books soon.
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I have to say straight off that I'm not a big fan of joint authorship, and still less of continuing an existing series started by a dead writer. It seems it too often degenerates into uninspiring prose written by a committee ticking the necessary boxes to make this one fit into the franchise, while the intellectual efort of creating an imaginary world has already been done by others (see James Bond, Virginia Andrews...).
However, this one for me gets away with it. Partly this is because it's not so much carrying on with the story, as explaining what happened before the series as written by R.D. Wingfield even started - a 'prequel' I believe is the coinage of choice. This means that the writers can't be lazy, as there's a lot of thinking to be done, to avoid inconsistencies with the existing stories.
The other reason lies in the strength of the format used by Wingfield and maintained here - the action takes place in a compressed space of time, with at least two major crimes on the go plus up to half a dozen others of varying severity, all of which DS Frost must juggle himself due to the constraints on manpower dictated by DS Mullett. As in the original series most of these are shown to have some linking factor, which when teased out leads to the crimes being solved in the nick of time.
Except not quite all - another book is in the pipeline for this series, and there is a very obvious lead into the next one in the last sentence of this book. I also suspect that we haven't heard the last of the mysterious DI Patterson, nor of DI Allen who arrives back from holiday in the final chapter. DC Sue Clarke will definitely feature more in Frost's moribund lovelife, and I also didn't think the death asociated with the 'swingers' club was finished up quite tidliy enough.
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Shut your eyes and invisage David Jason looking younger, as Jack is portrayed here and you won't go far wrong.
James Henry has achieved something special here. Can we have some more please?
However the ending seemed to run out of steam a little.
At the risk of being pedantic over a minor reference, did human rights feature in the 80's?
For the health fanatics has any one counted how many times Jack has a smoke?
All said and done a must for Frost fans.
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Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book, easy to read and it just fairly skimmed along. Slick, well packagedand an entertaining story. Well done!
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First Frost is not bad as it goes. There are some odd bits and pieces that felt out of place: for example, Mullett shouting at someone to shut his gob is not the Mullett I know and love from Wingfield's originals. In Frost at Christmas, Frost is described as having warm blue eyes, not dark eyes. And the Simms of First Frost doesn't relate to the Simms Wingfield describes. What I think is missing, though, is the detail in the text. Wingfield has the ability to draw a picture, to give an insight into character, and to balance the discourse between the characters with description of surroundings, characters and events. First Frost has some nice dialogue, but the dialogue sort of takes over and so I felt when I was reading that I was being rushed through the story and that the characterisation wasn't developed enough for me to enjoy the characters. It makes the `humour' less humorous and more sarcastic in tone and limits the feel of the characters as rounded and human. What's good is that I didn't notice that this is co-authored (usually something to avoid). So though it could be better, I'd read another by these authors - one or two bits did make me laugh aloud. But overall, I think the quality of Wingfield's writing would be awfully hard to match and Henry James doesn't quite get there.
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Started this book with some trepidation, being a big fan of the Frost books. Firstly it`s not bad, but it is nowhere near as well written as the original books, the plot doesn't flow, the humour is not the same. I did enjoy it but not a patch on R d wingfeild.
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