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First Frost: A Mystery (DS Jack Frost Investigations) Hardcover – July 23, 2013

3.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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“The success of First Frost is incontestable. This is a palpable hit . . . A dark but glittering pearl.” ―The Independent (UK)

“Frost is back - this is a brilliant read. I can't recommend it highly enough.” ―Martina Cole, author of The Runaway

“A very good job of producing a novel in Wingfield's style . . . I felt like I'd made a return to an old--and loved--stamping ground . . . A very enjoyable outing with an old friend.” ―Reviewing the Evidence

About the Author

JAMES HENRY is the pen name of James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton. Gurbutt is a publisher at Constable & Robinson, R.D. Wingfield's original publisher in the 1980s, and Sutton is a crime reviewer for The Daily Mirror. Both Gurbutt and Sutton live in London, England
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Product Details

  • Series: DS Jack Frost Investigations
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250025532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250025531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collaborative effort between two authors to bring into being Frost's early years is surprisingly decent. The plot is typical Wingfield - frantic and well-paced, with lots of different threads occurring simultaneously. Most of the characters are familiar - Wells, Johnson, Simm, and of course Mullett all make appearances - with the inclusion of Bert Williams, Frost's first inspector and also his wife Mary, referred to in absentia in Wingfield's books.

The books certainly suceeds in plot and character-wise is mostly authentic. Frost is perhaps lacking some of his irreverence and crude wit - he is more serious and intense in this early imagining. Mullett also diverts slightly from Wingfield's representation. He is less reprehensible, more misguided than consciously manipulative and devious.

All in all, recommended as a worthwhile read for Frost fans.
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I'd actually watched a few series of the "A Touch of Frost" series prior to reading to getting hooked on the original R.D. Wingfield Inspector Frost books, and greatly enjoyed them all. I was mortified to learn of Wingfield's passing; I still have a few series of David Jason to watch on Netflix, so that helped a bit... but I hated to think the character's creator no longer had any input.

I delayed my decision to purchase this non-Wingfield book for many months, fearing the worst, watching more of the TV series.

My fears appear to have been unfounded! I found Henry's "reboot" of the DI Frost series, actually a prequel to Wingfield's, something I can only imagine would have been met with Wingfield's approval. It's a younger Frost, so he's not nearly as snarky nor as experienced as we've come to expect of him, but it works. Denton is just as I'd imagined it to be years in the past, and I was somewhat pleased to see the "Grey Mullet" also present.

If you really enjoy the DI Frost series of books and the TV series, you owe it to yourself to at least give this a fair try. My only regret? I wish I'd read it sooner. :)
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Not having read R D Wingfield's series, I cannot compare Henry's Jack Frost to the original. However, Henry's Frost is a multi-dimensional police officer, struggling with his own problems as well as cases presented on the job. He is a bit unconventional in his approach (and perhaps in his attitude toward authority), but he is a insightful and dedicated officer. I enjoyed this book so much that upon turning the final page I immediately ordered the next book in the series (I believe there are three so far). I am also considering going back and trying to locate Wingfield's original six volumes. A brilliant addition to British detective series.
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I haven't read any of the other Frost books, and this one would not influence me to read any of the others. Crime novels by nature feature multiple characters, and this novel had more than I could keep straight. The author did not do a real good job of keeping them separate. Frost, although a determined investigator was not particularly likable. And Mullet was such a bad leader it was hard to believe he'd actually achieved that level of responsibility. Very confusing plots with not very satisfying endings. Not sure why I finished this book, and can only recommend it to die-hard friends of the series.
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R. D Wingfield's detective Inspector Jack Frost is one of the most beloved sleuths in British mystery. Extremely popular TV series starring David Jason certainly helped that even after author's demise we still remember these books fondly. James Henry is the pen name of the couple of fans that are attempting to keep the magic going. Well, this certainly isn't the old Frost, but I had good time reading and intend to read the other two books already written.
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This is a very suspenseful novel, one that introduces Jack Frost as a Detective Sargent in 1981. There is a lot of action as well as character interaction much like in R.D. Wingfield's Inspector Frost books. The only thing that, in a small way, disappoints, is a lack of humor from Frost as he deals with others at the station and various people in Denton. There are a few funny lines, but just not enough. It is still a very good book.
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Not quite RD Wingfield but well written in the same style. After watching the TV series and then reading all of RD Wingfield I got the sense that a lot of the story was missing. Now James Henry has taken us back to the beginning and hopefully he will continue with the tales of "Frosty". So well done Mr. Henry, please keep on with more of Jack's story.
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We've been fans of Frost, Morse, Lewis, Wallander, Poirot, Holmes, Ms. Marple, and others for a long time so it was great to have an early Frost to add to our collection as an accompaniment to driving. The disks were unblemished, as was the box and disk sleeves, and they played flawlessly. The set arrived within the estimated shipping time frame. Thanks.
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