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"A funny, frantic, utterly refreshing brew" Sunday Telegraph "What impresses most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters. Frost himself is spendidly drawn" The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A funny, frantic, utterly refreshing brew' Sunday Telegraph

Detective Inspector Jack Frost, officially on duty, is nevertheless determined to sneak off to a colleague's leaving party.But first the corpse of a well-known local junkie is found blocking the drain of a Denton public lavatory - and then, when Frost attempts to join the revels later on, the nubile daughter of a wealthy businessman is reported missing.

Sleepy Denton has never known anything like the crime wave which now threatens to submerge it.A robbery occurs at the town's notorious strip joint, the Coconut Grove, the pampered son of a local MP is suspected of a hit-and-run offence and, to top it all, a multiple racist is on the loose.Frost is reeling under the strain, his paperwork is still in arrears and now, more than ever, his self-righteous colleagues would love to see him sacked.But the manic Frost manages to assure his superior that all is under control.Now he has only to convince himself...

'What impresses most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters.Frost himself is splendidly drawn' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553571699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553571691
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olson on August 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Inspector Jack Frost of Denton CID is an aging, scruffy, undisciplined, irreverent and intuitive sleuth who manages to solve all those nasty cases that baffle his more conventional colleagues. �A Touch of Frost�, the first in a five-novel series by playwright and former comedy writer, R.D. Wingfield, is an engrossing whirlwind of rape victims, body bags and multiple suspects that drive Frost and Webster, his newly-demoted side-kick, over four sleepless days and nights.
Utilizing plain language, expert composition and the bawdy humour that is the series� hallmark, Wingfield deftly steers the plot�s interwoven complexities, such that the reader is immediately hooked by this irresistible page-turner. The entire cast of characters, from the odious Commander Mullett to the unwashed derelict, Wally Peters, is vividly and believably drawn. And, as befits the title, a chilling frost clings to the gruesome crime scenes and suitably shrouds the corpse-strewn town.
A word of caution, however: The relentless irreverence and grim humour that limns virtually every page of this novel are bound to offend some sensibilities and annoy others, especially those readers accustomed to drawing-room mysteries, or to the literary school of detective fiction. But for those of us with the wit and the grit, the Frost books are a refreshing and welcome throwback to an earlier style, when the protagonist was not a recovering alcoholic with dysfunctional offspring, but was simply an honest copper who went out and got the job done, with a minimum of fuss. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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I have watched without any great enjoyment the televised A&E mystery series featuring DI Frost, and I therefore found myself disinclined to read any of Wingfield's work. However, I picked up a copy of A Touch of Frost on my way out of the library one day, and I found (much to my surprise) that I truly enjoyed the novel!
I am now looking forward to reading other books by R.D. Wingfield, and I would recommend this particular book to anyone who enjoys British mysteries. This book is humorous and fast-paced, and the hard-nosed DI Frost is made less obnoxious and much more bearable by way of his dry sense of humour and an unpretentious intolerance of sycophants and their political maneuvering.
This was definitely an unexpected find!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2003
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Having seen the tv show from the UK, I was intrigued (but not surprised) to learn there is a book series behind the program. The book keeps you guessing not only about "whodunit," but also about whether or not the crimes are inter-related. Frost's character is amusing, as is his co-workers' reactions to him. I think there is more than a little shock value in Wingfield's humor. All in all, an entertaining read! I can't wait to get started on the rest of the novels!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ROSE DE GRAAF on June 2, 2000
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HAVE JUST FOUND THIS AUTHOR AND HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED ALL FOUR OF HIS INSPECTOR FROST BOOKS (NIGHT FROST, FROST AT CHRISTMAS, A TOUCH OF FROST AND HARD FROST)
HIS COMIC AND SOMETIMES CRUDE ONE-LINERS KEPT ME ENTERTAINED AND GAVE ME SOME LIGHT RELIEF FROM THE SOMETIMES GRUESOME STORY LINES WHICH UNFOLD IN THESE EXCITING DETECTIVE MYSTERIES. CAN'T WAIT TO READ MORE OF HIS BOOKS. HAS ANYONE EVER READ ANY OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR OR BOOKS THAT ARE SIMILAR? HURRY AND WRITE SOME MORE MR WINGFIELD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
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When I first began to watch the television series derived from R.D. Wingfield's "Frost" books, I worked under the assumption that there must have been quite a few books from which to work, as each episode had a nicely filled-out plot, particularly during the first two series.
This is not true. There have been only a few books, but Wingfield conspires to stuff his plots so efficiently that the writers of the television show merely had to remove bits and pieces of the books to create the episodes.
This book inspired two of the best episodes of the first series; CONCLUSIONS (the night-club robbery, the hit-and-run-case, the bank robbery, and the murdered policeman) and NOTHING TO HIDE (the dead junkie in the public restroom). Frost himself remains a much less sympathetic fellow on page than screen, but Wingfield conspired to make him an amusing sort of swine, so it isn't nearly as annoying as one might expect . . .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
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I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. All of this author's books are great. If you love Cracker or other mysteries like them. Read this one, you will not regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booker G on May 21, 2012
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In "A Touch of Frost," Detective Inspector Jack Frost is up to his usual activities--solving multiple crimes, neglecting his crime statistics reports and overtime requests, and annoying the sergeant assigned to him. He continues to spar with his supervisor Superintendent Mullett, who can barely tolerate Frost, and whom Frost can't stand for kissing the behinds of his superiors and people he deems important. Frost remains the outstanding detective with good instincts and lots of heart but with terrible work habits, an unkempt appearance, and rather sexist attitudes.

Catching a serial rapist is the main crime to be solved in this book, though the murder of a street person and several robberies are also part of Frost's case load. As the book progresses, Frost becomes involved in trying to help a wrongly accused minor criminal, putting himself in a tough spot with other cops. These plots are all well developed, with the action moving along nicely as Frost dashes around Denton in his scattered way of investigating. He goes everywhere and interviews everyone himself because he loves getting out of the office. For every crime he takes on, he knows somebody in Denton who has the inside track that helps him solve cases.

Wingfield really does a nice job in working the plots and building the character of Frost with deft writing skill. My only complaint with this book is that Wingfield so well depicts Frost's failures to be organized and get his administrative work done that my own irritation rises as I read about it.

For more mystery series that may entertain you, check out my website describing and reviewing many series (see my Amazon profile for the URL).
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