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A Touch Of Frost

(Inspector Frost #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,323 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Detective Inspector Jack Frost, offically 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.

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Paperback, 427 pages
Published November 12th 1992 by Corgi (first published 1987)
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Brandon
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Alaina
Despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed Frost At Christmas, I put off picking up the sequel for several months (nearly 8 to be exact). After finishing it, I feel like an idiot for waiting so long. I can easily state that I will not be making this mistake twice. The third book is ready to go and Ill be diving in shortly.

Frost hates doing any sort of formal report. In fact, he hates it so much that hell take on an unreasonable amount of additional work to avoid the inevitable paperwork that
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Bettie
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
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John McDermott
An uncompromising slice of 80s crime fiction complete with the attitudes of the time. Frost and his colleagues are overworked and underpaid, getting by on cigarettes and no sleep.
The TV Frost is very much a pale imitation of the character portrayed in this book ,he'spretty much beyond the pale but this only makes this Frost more authentic in my opinion.
Well written, this a compelling and satisfying tale.
Recommended 3.5stars
Madonna
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liked the mystery a lot. Missed the poetry of the first book in the series; Wingfield really hooked me in the first book with his writing.
As in the first book I ended up liking the new sidekick, Webster. As in the first book I was first annoyed by the sidekick's attitude towards Frost and his approach to police work. Webster is doubly arrogant--thinks he's too good for Denton Division AND is a "fallen" man. However, I believe he does change his mind about Frost.
Frost continues to be coarse, but
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Nick
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To some extent, Wingfield seems to have hit his stride with this second Frost novel, which is funnier and faster-paced than the first. Unfortunately, it's also more offensively chauvinist: every female character is a sex object and there are jokes about rape that just wouldn't fly these days. While this is possibly a true reflection of what the police was like in the 1980s and early 1990s, it's written in such a way that the reader is clearly expected to share the joke. If you can overlook this, ...more
Nanosynergy
In A Touch of Frost, Frost continues his report avoiding/ fudging, slovenly, insubordinate, a bit misogynistic and sexist in his remarks about the women he encounters way - and repeatedly failing and yet somehow managing to solve all the cases while allowing others to take the credit. In this book, Frost investigates the murder of a drug addict, a serial rapist, a hit-and-run resulting in the death of an elderly man, and the robbery of a strip club, all the while working hard to blow off ...more
Joe Rodeck
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Plan? Since when did I ever make plans? I shall just barge in and hope for the best."

Dishevelled, disorganized Inspector Jack Frost is more a gambler than a hound dog or a Sherlock. He has a gift for flushing out his quarry. He enrages his bosses but they can't get rid of him since he is the case solver.

Character interplay and dialog is very funny. I love British mild profanity.
Alisa
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
My annual Christmas book of a TV series. Both the story and the character, the style and the philosophy, were close to what I was used to on screen, though Frost was cruder and more lascivious than on ITV. A busy (but not intricate) plot for a mystery, a sort of crazed zig-zagging back and forth from one incident to another. It seems this kind of half-attention and interruption might be the way real police life is. A diversion, and a curiosity satisfied.

Laura
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 - Extra Debut:
Jack Frost is a tough and rude detective and does it all his way, but has he come a cropper? Stars Derek Martin and June Brown.
KK
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a big retirement party at the police station, but Jack Frost and his prickly colleague have been left out in the cold. Literally.
Luckily, they have plenty to keep them occupied. There's a serial rapist prowling through Denton woods, stalking his next victim. A dead hobo is found blocking the drains in a public lavatory. A wealthy man reports his teenage daughter missing. The Coconut Grove, a seedy 'leisure complex', has been robbed. A hit & run is reported, the car belonging to an
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Tyrone
DI Frost is having a bad day. While the rest of the station is enjoying a retirement party, which Frost is determined to attend, he has been called out to the death of a well known local addict in a flooded public toilet.
His every attempt to slope off and attend the party are further frustrated by what can only be called a crimewave of epic porportions, which he and a few other officers, not in the favour of Mullet, are trying to hold the line against tide of crime afflicting Denton.
Frost, in
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Ron
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book. Usually don't want to start a series anywhere other than at the beginning, but, this one slipped through that crack.

I had it in a list to order from the library when I noticed that the book was pulled from the library system. None of the others, just this one. Later that afternoon, my wife said that she'd seen a Frost book in the giveaway bin and had grabbed it for me. Turned out it was the same book that I'd seen taken out of circulation. And, neither one of us being of a
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Matt
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a long-time fan of A Touch Of Frost on the TV, I was delighted to find this in a charity shop. Of course, having seen David Jason's performance of one of the most loveable characters in the TV crime canon, it is impossible to divorce yourself from his mental picture when reading it in print.

With that in mind, I proceed.

The book itself was impossible to put down. The restless (practically superhuman) energy that Frost puts into his never-ending day is infectious, and there isn't even time to
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Pat
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Detective Inspector Jack Frost, offically 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
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Terry
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
R.D. Wingfield's Jack Frost is quite a bit racier than David Jason's TV version. A less likable crude bumbler with hopelessly disorganized sleuthing skills whose intuition cannot overcome his ineptitude. Furthermore, Frost's constant comments and preoccupation with women as sex objects would target him for eviscerated in today's PC press and legions of feminists. It certainly would never make it to the boob tube(pun intended) in it's expurgated form.Still,you want to meld the wonderful qualities ...more
Rajnish Sharma
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
An unusual detective, unorthodox ways, a rotten sense of humour, disregard to authority an example how ..the detective should not be like this,,,, but he dabbles with multiple cases,,, with accomplished effeciency, and some how solving them all, by hook or by crook,,,, Jack Frost a refreshing change from well suited , booted elegant detectives,,, he looks human not some super cop,,,.although the plot was too tedious, too many subplots and excessive intermingleness of events and character some ...more
Gary M.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was actually titled, Frost at Christmas and was the first in the series.

Merged review:

This was the second book in the Frost series and if you only know the character from the TV series you will be in for a bit of a shock when you tackle the book. The Frost of the books is a much more seedy character than the TV version and he takes far more chances. The book is structured very much like the first book as we follow Frost through a series of investigations which all tie together neatly at the
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Rich
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scanned-books
Another excellent outing of Inspector Jack Frost, a down to earth and forgetful copper. Found myself not being able to put this down, great suspense throughout and an interesting exploration of the characters that are more and more coming to light in the series so far. Don't hesitate in reading this one, the TV series stays true to the books.
What do I enjoy the most? I think it has to be the way the author makes Frost criticise himself, whilst making him out to be useless - it also shows an edge
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Bill
Very enjoyable read. As I read through it, I started to remember the episode that was based on the book and I think was fairly faithful to the story for the tv episode. Frost was what you expect, curmudgeonly, scruffy, imperfect and probably a bit more politically incorrect than on the TV series. But at the same time, he is still very sympathetic to those he feels deserves it. Mullett is if anything even more sycophantic and self-absorbed. Almost too much goes on, but it flows well and keeps you ...more
Rog Harrison
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was in the library when I returned "Hard Frost" but by this time I had already started "Winter Frost" so it was a pity it was not there last time so I could have read the books in order they were published.

However this was actually the first Frost book I ever read probably about twenty years ago but I did not remember much of the story though I did remember some of the things which happened. To be honest some of the characters and events did not quite ring true with me but the story rolls
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Marti
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
inspector jack frost is an outrageous character who definitely does not do things by the book. he is unkempt, doesn't follow directions well, and doesn't respect his superiors the way that he should, but he still manages to solve cases. in this book he is partnered with dtective constable martin webster who got canned by another police force. the two of them seem to work well together. this is not your typical police story, but it is very entertaining. i read most of this while using my ...more
Anna
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimestories
The most outragous and insubordinate man in Denton police station is still in action no matter what Superintendant tries to do. Whole station is at colleagues's retirement party and Jack Frost is determined to go there. But there is one "but". Jack is on duty and trying to solve few cases at once - murders, rapes and one hit-and-run probably done by son of wealthy local MP. Frost is ironic, harsh and doing his job in effective, but not according to procedure way.
Sylvia Auclair
I really enjoyed this book! First of all, I love British police procedurals. Plus I loved the main character, Frost - he is so disorganized and scattered, yet he gets the job done; while the organized and focused detective, who gets all the credit, didn't actually solve anything. It's well written, combining many varied plot lines into a cohesive whole and in the end Frost solves each case, though not all of them as expected. Plenty of surprises and a very fun ride!
Gretchen
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another of the DI Jack Frost British police investigation mysteries, and my evaluation of it is the same as that of Winter Frost. Its humorous, witty, and complexly plotted with multiple crime investigations going on at the same time. Theres enough characterization and office politics to aid the humor and engage the reader, although the plot is quite engaging. The book is long (500+ pages), and difficult to put down. ...more
Brian Steed
I started reading these after seeing the David Jason adaptations on TV. The TV version fell pretty far from the tree, as these books are raunchier, funnier, grittier, and even better than the televised versions. Jasons Frost is like a castrated version of the Wingfield original. A lot of the humor is crass and juvenile, and I loved it. I remember reading these books in the hallways of OSU between classes and trying to keep my giggles to myself. ...more
Pam
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
I can see Insp. Jack Frost in my mind. Slightly overweight with wrinkled and crumpled clothing. His higher ups disdain him, and would do anything to transfer him. On his side, he makes cutting and funny remarks to his superiors. Some are heard by them - some not. This volume deals with home robberies, a 15 year old runaway, and a serial rapist. Frost goofs up frequently but his intuition works well. An enjoyable series.
Bill Smith
The Insp Frost books are some of the best crime/mystery stories I have read. These are a must read for those who enjoy a well written crime story with a lovable but flawed hero. Very hard to put down and sadly there are only 6 books. After you have read them all you will wish there were far more.
Kgwhitehurst
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Generally, good, but a bit chaotic. A little too much coincidence, probably, for most people's tastes. Jack Frost is not necessarily a likeable character, but he's a good copper who knows his community well. The twits he has to circumvent and/or deal with amongst the police are almost worse than the criminals.
Beth Dewar
Nov 21, 2008 is currently reading it
Fantastic series of books by R.D.Wingfield. Great British detective series featuring a "Columbo" type detective, Inspector Jack Frost. Made into a fantastic television series by the BBC, available at NetFlix, and starring David Jason as Jack Frost. I got all 5 novels in the series....all very entertaining.
K.S. Thompson
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the BBC series, so I was happy to dive in. I wanted so badly to clean his office, which tells me the writer did their job in placing me within the story rather than simply being a silent bystander. I finished this in just a few days and will definitely read others in the series.
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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 ...more

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“At first glance it appeared little different from all the others. A quick in-and-out job with seventy-nine pounds in cash being taken. The thieves always took cash – it was instantly negotiable, it couldn’t be traced and it made the task of the police almost impossible. Frost sniffed. He knew Lil Carey. She was an unregistered money lender, lending out small sums of money, usually to housewives, at exorbitant interest rates. She’d never miss seventy-nine pounds. He wished the thieves had got away with more. But then he realized the ‘£’ had been scratched through by the reporting officer and the word ‘sovereigns’ added. Seventy-nine sovereigns! Frost wasn’t sure of the current rate for sovereigns, but that quantity must surely be worth much more than four thousand pounds for the gold content alone; even more if they were Victorian and in mint condition. He stuffed the report in his pocket. They would call on old mother Carey this morning without fail. The door was kicked open and Webster entered with the two cups of tea, his expression making it quite clear how much he relished being asked to perform these menial tasks. ‘Thanks, son,’ muttered Frost, who had learned that it was best to ignore the constable’s repertoire of frowns, scowls, and grimaces. He disturbed the mud of sugar with his ballpoint pen and took a sip. ‘Tastes like cat’s pee.’ He swivelled in his chair. ‘Something important we had to do this morning. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was.’ ‘The dead man in the toilets. You had to break the news.’ ‘That was it!’ exclaimed Frost. ‘Mr Dawson phoned,’ Webster told him. ‘Dawson?’ Frost screwed up his face. ‘Who’s he?’ ‘The father of the missing schoolgirl. He wanted to know if there was” 0 likes
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