Winter Frost: (DI Jack Frost Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2000
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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.
"Frost is a splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Colombo" (The Times)
"R.D.Wingfield has created possibly the most accurate picture of police work in crime fiction today... Winter Frost is an absolute cracker" (Mike Ripley, Sherlock Holmes)
"If you enjoy crime fiction at all, read this. If you've never read a crime novel in your life, start with this one" (Morning Star)
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'Hornrim Harry' Mullett has sent half of the division to help out elsewhere in the county whilst Frost struggles to catch a child killer and a serial killer murdering prostitutes. When a dental receptionist is also killed apparently by the same killer Frost decides to use undercover police officers to trap the killer. He acquires and loses many suspects and has to contend with a housebreaker who uses pillow cases and a jewellery ram raid all at the same time.
This has so many twists and turns it keeps you guessing until the very last page. The writing is 'of its time' and Frost on the page is more coarse and sexist than Frost on the screen. If you can get past that, these books are a cracking read. Plotting is superb and I'm about to begin the 6th and final book straight away.
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.Read more ›
I have to say though, that the Kindle book has SO MANY typos! Really poorly edited, the publisher needs feedback on this. I wouldn't give it less stars than 5 stars though, because my review is about the book itself.
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Gave this book 4 stars . Intriguing start, a little slow in the middle and a pleasing end to the story which grabbed your interest to read the full book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan