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Thursday, 12 June 2014

R D Wingfield - A Touch of Frost

review written and read live on bookshow by Brian Lowen 12th June 2014

I will quote the blurb on the back cover of the book as it is very good (unlike some I have read)

D I Jack Frost, officially on duty is nevertheless determined to sneak off to a colleague’s farewell party in the canteen upstairs where there is free booze and food.  But first the corpse of a well- known local down and outer has been found blocking the drain of a local public toilet, and when Frost attempts to join the revels later on he is diverted to a missing person’s case – the daughter of a wealthy business man has been reported missing.

Sleepy Denton has never known anything like the crime wave that 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 rapist 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 Frost plods on in his own inimitable style, ignoring correct procedures and causing his boss, Supt. Mullet to tear his hair out. It is interesting to see how some of the various crimes are interlinked and there are several twists and turns to the story.

If you have watched the series on the TV then you will have a picture of David Jason’s character as you read the story and I think that will remain in place, although he is a bit rougher round the edges, and a more scruffier version than we see on the television.

But a great story, with policing being carried out by Frost as we all think it should be done.
Good characters and a real page turner. Recommended.

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