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A Killing Frost (Inspector Frost #6)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,282 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
A gripping new investigation for the inimitable Detective Inspector Jack Frost.

The discovery of the bodies of two young girls leaves D.I. Jack Frost in a race to hunt down the killer before he, or she, can strike again. At the same time, he faces a crisis at Denton police station which could result in his being sacked.

Jack Frost, brought to magnificent life by David Jason
Paperback, 571 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Corgi (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 29, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield is the sixth and final book in the Inspector Frost mystery series, set in the English town of Denton. The books inspired a long running TV series starring David Jason. While the books all have a certain sameness, it is a comfortable, welcoming sameness.
In this story, we find Frost's job once again hanging by a thread. His boss, Police Superintendent Mullett, who hates Frost and never willingly supports him, has brought in Detective Chief Inspector to do his dirt
Mar 08, 2011 Felice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an adult it's a rare thing for TV or movies to bring me to a book. One exception was Inspector Frost. Maybe ten years ago the British television series was shown on A&E. I adored it. The character of Frost and the actor, David Jason, who played him were a perfect match. Frost is a typical detective in some ways. He's a loner, cares too much about victims, is not politically correct, chafes under authority and doesn't care about things or appearances but what sets him apart is that he is a ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 04, 2016 Rob Kitchin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Killing Frost is the sixth and final book in the Frost series. As with the previous books, Wingfield does a great job at weaving together a multiple set of engaging plot lines, overloading the already overstretched Frost with cases and internal battles. That he does so without losing the reader is quite remarkable given the number of open cases being handled and the quick and relentless pace of the narrative. Along with the plotting, the characterisation is excellent and the dialogue and inter ...more
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing
I love watching Frost on tv and when you read this book it's like you watching the programme in your head, a great read highly recommend!
Alright, so I enjoyed this book. But I'm still going to use this space to pick holes in it in an annoying manner - you have been warned.

I originally thought this book was published a long time before it was, with only the references to mobiles and illegal immigrants giving it away. I know it was written shortly before the author's death, and I do wonder if Wingfield hadn't really moved with the times. It's set in ~2007, but several aspects give it the feel of an 70s or 80s book.

Just little thing
Sep 14, 2009 Yrinsyde rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Brit crime novels and those who love the Frost TV series
Shelves: own
I went to Readers Feast recently and when I saw this book, I pounced on it! I just love the Frost stories. Wingfield does a brilliant job in creating characters you can sympathise with, laugh along with, worry with - even if you don't like them particularly. I love the way Seargent Wells and Jack Frost are drawn - they have to be my favourite characters. In this novel, Frost swears more than usual, but then he has more on his plate than usual. I just love the dialogue - sharp, funny, ooohhh!! I ...more
It is said that the first impression is the best one, and it was the same with 'A killing Frost' the first novel I read of R.D Wingfield (but which is sadly the last in the series). The first time I met detective inspector 'Frost' in the novel was when Frost was fudging his expense accounts!!. I was hooked on to the character right then. Imagine your main cop protagonist cooking up his accounts rather than being haunted by the crimes of the world.

Frost, a widower is juggling multiple cases at a
Denton's Detective Inspector Jack Frost in A Killing Frost investigates the discovery of a human foot in the woods, a rapist, a supermarket receiving threats to pay up or some of their stock will be poisoned, two missing teenage girls, and a local butcher who claims he murdered his wife, cut her up and cannot remember where he hid the body. Operating on very little sleep, the exhausted Frost investigates but is hampered by the overbearing, credit stealing Detective Chief Inspector Skinner who sc ...more
Dec 23, 2016 Aneesha rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, books-i-own
I liked Detective Inspector Jack Frost. He is funny, sarcastic and smart.

It starts with a discovery of severed foot and a rape of a teenager. As the investigate progress, they find out the connection to a murder that happened 30 years ago. Three missing teenagers and a blackmailer on the loose. So many things to solve and whole Denton Police force were working sleepless nights to solve all the cases.

The author articulated the story well. This is the sixth book in the Inspector Frost series. I
Oct 17, 2012 ReaderSP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Frost book I had read and I loved it. I loved the sense of humour and found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.
I can't really summarise the plot as Frost works on so many different cases at any one time. I think that is the first time I have experienced that with an author; normally their main character focuses on one case only. There are many twists and turns in the plot and following the progress of these very serious cases was a laugh a minute! I'm going str
Karen Patterson
Aug 23, 2011 Karen Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It saddens me to know this is the last book in the Frost series, as the author passed away, but he did his last one justice with our favorite sleep-deprived, sarcastic, disheveled detective. Nothing comes easy for Frost and nor does he ever seem to get any credit, but he keeps plugging away and this book is no different. Multiple cases going on some past ones merging with present ones and you wonder how he will get out of the new trouble he finds himself in. I found myself sad, but smiling as I ...more
Marius van Blerck
An excellent British police thriller featuring the most excellent, sloppy, darkly humorous, problematic and deeply politically-incorrect Detective Inspector Jack Frost. The tale itself is well-constructed, with plenty of red herrings and side-issues, to tax the brain, and make the situation more realistic. Warning: Senior police officers and ardent Welshmen could be offended – parental guidance is suggested. I listened to the audiobook, and narrator Stephen Thorne does a marvelous job.
Sawyer X
Mar 10, 2015 Sawyer X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually started with this book, not the first. I didn't know there was a first as I was unfamiliar with the series. I enjoyed it so much I read it again when I was done with the series. (And possibly a third time, I don't remember.)
Jun 04, 2017 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final of the Frost books, it is comforting in its traditional sameyness - the rumpled old codger who is about 100 times smarter than he looks, and sly like a fox and all that - while at the same time also having a lot of distressing sexism and of course the weird British mystery obsession with pedophilia and the sexualization of young girls. But still, it is like a comfortable old shoe and I like a mystery well solved.
Larisa Scates
May 30, 2017 Larisa Scates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Veale
If you’ve seen the talented David Jason’s portrayal of Detective Inspector Frost on television, then you will certainly recognise much of that bluff, cheeky, living-in-his-raincoat image in R. D. Wingfield’s original novels. Jason reputedly read one and was instantly attracted to the idea of adapting the character for television.

The word ‘adapting’ is crucial here. I was familiar with the Yorkshire TV series, and felt ready to check out one of the original books. This is the sixth and final inst
Feb 24, 2017 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for the humour. These books really make me laugh out loud. David Jansen did a wonderful job putting Frost on the screen and I always visualise his antics so easily while I'm reading. Another gruesome tale and times not very well written but Jack makes up for any shortcomings
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Nov 16, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Charity Shop Purchase

I have watched all the “Touch Of Frost” television programmes several times and never tire of them. Personally, I think that Sir David Jason’s portrayal of Jack Frost, does real justice to the books and makes them come to life.
The book itself, is so descriptive and attentive to detail, that you can almost smell that awful anorak; musty from having been wet and dried on the body so many times, mixed with the aroma of grease and fat from Jack’s continual fry ups in
Jul 02, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, ebook
Confession up front - I don't read these books for their plots, their scenarios or even in an attempt to find the flaws in the procedural elements. I read them because I love Frost, Mullet, George Toolan, Ernie Trigg and the ever changing assortment of DS's that come and go in Frost's world. I love Denton, (wouldn't want to live there - the constant crime waves would do your head in after a while), but really, the point of the Frost books for me, at least, is more about time with old friends tha ...more
Christine Blachford
The final book in the original Inspector Frost series is just as captivating as the previous novels, but keeps on going down the path of getting darker and more horrifying. I'd saved this one for ages, after reading the previous five books in the series - perhaps I didn't want to say goodbye to the character just yet. I know there is another book or two written by a different author, which I will probably cast an eye to, but it's not going to be the same.

This outing for Frost very much feels lik
Kathleen Hagen
A Killing Frost, by r. D. Wingfield, narrated by Stephen Thorne, produced by Isis Audio, downloaded from

Jack Frost is a renegade cop, somewhat like Rhebus, but with a somewhat ribald sense of humor. He kids around with a rape victim, for example, when he’s interviewing her. She doesn’t seem to mind and seems to grasp that he is at heart empathetic. But I don’t know that I would be so sanguine about such comments, none of which I can remember right now. Frost has two big cases on his
Jan 12, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-crime
R.D. Wingfield writes about Inspector Jack Frost, the sort of scruffy rule bending copper that his superiors dislike, but who is often popular with readers, because the readership can relate to him in some way. The stories have been made famous by the serialisations that occurs on British tv, which star David Jason.

In this book, Frost solves 2 kidnapinings, a series of rapes, a 30 yr old unrelated rape, a blackmailing, and 2 murders. He also finds times to build a case against child pornographer
Rog Harrison
"I was a bit disappointed as I had enjoyed other books about Inspector Frost. However this one went on for too long and the characters just did not ring true. I realise that this is a humorous series but even so the characters need some internal consistency." was what I wrote on 4 October 2009 when I gave it two stars.

However reading it again today having read or re-read all the other Frost books this week puts it in context and I enjoyed it much more this time around. Interestingly the author t
Jan 17, 2009 trishtrash rated it it was ok
I’ve read better British crime thrillers… although there are a satisfying number of threads wandering through this episode in Frost’s career, the author’s reliance on errors of judgement and oversight to draw out his story is too contrived not to be noticed. More disappointingly, this was my first reading of one of the Frost books, and the latest published after the author's death, and I expected a well-established character who needed little in the way of blatant ‘personality cues’. Frost’s sex ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, library, 2016
I was really expecting to love this audiobook as I've watched and enjoyed every single episode of A Touch of Frost on ITV but there were several problems with it for me. First, it was read by David Jason himself which made it very disorientating as every character shared his voice. This meant I struggled at times to know who was talking as it always seemed to be Jack Frost! Second, there were so many different plots it was hard work holding on to them all - and some of them didn't seem necessary ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Madonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read. While familiar with Wingfield's approach to these novels, I still enjoyed reading about the doings at the Denton police station. I know there'll be a one-book assistant, I know Frost will make rude and crude comments and jokes, and I know his superiors will find ways to belittle him. I also know that Frost will solve their cases, will take care of those needing that and will work his way around his superiors.
I knew this novel was the last one written by Wingfield, and I though
Brian Steed
Sad to think that this is the last Frost we're going to get. Like the other Frost books, this one lessens my enjoyment of the TV adaptations a little by being so much better. Wingfield keeps the pace brisk by heaping more cases onto Frost than one man should have to deal with in a 350 page novel (what's in those cigarettes he chain-smokes that keeps him going on one hour's sleep a night and almost no food?). Frost's characterization in the books as a nicotene-reaking working class scruff of a de ...more
I'm gutted that this is the final Frost book that Wingfield wrote because i've loved them all.

Things are pretty much the same as ever, Denton Police are overworked and on the verge of another seeming crimewave, Jack Frost is exausted and stumbling from one crime scene to another and he's woefully behind with his paperwork. But not everything is the same. Mullet has brough in the devious self serving DCI skinner who appears to be more than a match for the slovenly DI. Jack quickly finds his posit
A new Detective Inspector Skinner has arrived at Denton PD. His first task is to assist Supervisor Mullet in getting rid of Jack Frost. Frost is caught when it's discovered that he's been cheating on his gas receipts, and that he's being transferred to another city in two weeks time, but he doesn't pay much attention since there are so many cases that he's investigating, without any help from Skinner. There's a rapist attacking young women in the city's parking garage, three young teens have gon ...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘A Killing Frost’ by R D Wingfield

Jack Frost is having a busy day, someone is poisoning food in the local super market, a baby may have been abducted, and then DCI Skinner turns up and teams up with Mullet to get Frost transferred out of Denton. Whilst he is fighting on all sides, a limb is discovered in the nearby woods, and two teenage girl’s are reported missing.

Whilst he does his best to reassure the mothers of the missing girls that they will turn up safe and well, he has a bad feeling abou
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Rodney David Wingfield was a prolific writer of radio crime plays and comedy scripts, some for the late Kenneth Williams, star of the Carry On films. His crime novels featuring DI Jack Frost have been successfully adapted for television as A Touch of Frost starring David Jason. Wingfield was a modest man, shunning the London publicity scene in favour of a quite life in Basildon, Essex, with his wi ...more
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