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A Killing Frost (Inspector Frost #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  907 ratings  ·  61 reviews
On a rainy night in Denton, Detective Inspector Jack Frost is called to the site of a macabre discovery in the woods - that of a human foot. Meanwhile a multiple rapist is on the loose, the local supermarket reports poisoned stock and a man claims to have cut his wife up into little pieces, yet can't recall where he hid them. But it is when two young girls are reported mis ...more
Paperback, 571 pages
Published October 9th 2008 by Corgi (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Nov 16, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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
Colin Mitchell
The last of R.D.Wingfield's Frost novels sees the Inspector harking back to the good days of his marriage while battling with murdered teenagers, decomposed bodies, rape. A butcher who insists he's murdered his wife and a supermarket blackmailer that turns into a siege. Mullet as inept as ever brings in a new, like minded Chief Inspector who pounces on Frost car expenses. What more can happen? A story that has you scratching your head to remember all the characters and what they have done but mo ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'm so sad this is the last Inspector Frost book. I've loved all six of them. In this one as per usual, Frost makes many mistakes, barely eats or sleeps and tries to stay on top of all the crime happening in Denton. On top of all this Police Superintendent Mullett (Hornrim Harry) is trying to get Frost transferred out of Denton to Lexton.
R.D. Wingfield's last "Frost" novel does not disappoint. While perhaps not as laugh out loud funny as the earlier books, this one is arguably the tightest and the best. As usual, he's juggling multiple cases while Mullett and a new character, Skinner, plot his transfer. Sorry to see it end, but I can hope that "James Henry" has successfully revived him in the "Frost" prequels.
Never read one of the Frost series and I had to read the last one first! I have known about Frost (through a tv series, but don't watch much tv and therefore never seen it), but never had the opportunity to read one. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Not really particularly believable, not really gritty enough or filled with the type of swearing or vocabulary that I would expect in a British police novel. I don't think a feminist would particularly like the book. But, I enjoyed it. Frost is a bit of ...more
Sawyer X
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.)
Cindy Barnett
Like the series, worth reading. Light gore, no sex or language. eBook available. No audiobook I could find. Last in series as it was written just before author's death. Was a TV series in England.
C. Stuchl
I loved the whole series. Still have a few to read yet. Frost is sort of a crass Columbo. Rough around the edges but he gets the job done.
Karen Patterson
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
quite good, have put it in my favourites folder.
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Frost (6 books)
  • Frost At Christmas (Inspector Frost, #1)
  • A Touch Of Frost (Inspector Frost, #2)
  • Night Frost (Inspector Frost, #3)
  • Hard Frost (Inspector Frost, #4)
  • Winter Frost (Inspector Frost, #5)
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