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Night Frost (Inspector Frost #3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,074 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
While the local police succumb to a flu epidemic and the unsolved crimes pile up, a tired and demoralized Jack Frost tries to cope with inadequate backup as he tackles a spate of vicious killings. Contending with a suspicious suicide, burglaries, pornographic videos, poison pen letters and his comander looking over his shoulder, Frost has to cut corners and take risks.
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 1992 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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Aug 04, 2012 Brandon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Alaina
All hell has broken loose within the Denton Police Department as a flu epidemic rips through the staff. A few dedicated employees, who at this point would much rather be sick, are stuck working double and sometimes triple shifts! As that old cliche goes, "Crime Never Sleeps" and Detective Frost, coupled with his colleques, are stretched to their limits.

Partnered with Gilmore, a recently transferred detective, Frost is charged with the task of solving various crimes involving suicide, porno tapes
Jun 01, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A most entertaining, fast-paced police mystery. This is the third book in the DCI Jack Frost series that became one of the most well-loved British cop shows. From an eight book series, the creators spun out a TV series that lasted for 42 episodes. In this book, the Denton Police Dept is suffering with manpower shortages due to a flu bug that is running rampant through the station. New DS Gilmore is forced to work with scruffy DCI Jack Frost and finds himself working all hours, affecting his home ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Natasha rated it it was amazing
I believe the Inspector Frost series are one of the most underrated novels belonging to the mystery/crime genre.
Very well-written. The grim weather and heinous crimes are offset by Jack Frost's lewd but hilarious remarks. His way of solving cases keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Mar 19, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Frost is wonderfully crude. My only complaint is the author's derogatory characterizations of women. All of the female characters are shrews, tramps, hussies, drunks, bimbos, etc. I think this takes away from an otherwise enjoyable read.
Connie Howell
Dec 08, 2016 Connie Howell rated it it was amazing
Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a scruffy, irreverent policeman at Denton. He is in charge of investigating serial killings, death threats,pornographic videos and poison pen letters. Half the men a the station are off sick due to a flu epidemic so they are seriously undermanned. Frost takes short cuts and risks that could go horribly wrong. As always after false leads and pressure from divisional command Frost finally solves the cases.
I love the character of Frost,his one liners are witty, irr
Lorraine Montgomery
Mar 31, 2015 Lorraine Montgomery rated it really liked it
night Frost by RD Wingfield is a fast read; I finished it in about a day and a half. I picked it up for 2 reasons: 1) I really enjoyed the TV series A Touch of Frost, and 2) it's a murder mystery, which is pretty much my favourite literary genre. I must say, though, I found the cover rather peaked my curiosity: lonely and foreboding, with a touch of implied tragedy.

I was a bit taken aback at the beginning of the book. I didn't remember the TV character being quite so bawdy or that Frost called w
June Ahern
Sep 18, 2013 June Ahern rated it it was amazing
This isn't my first read of Detective Frost, "Night Frost", the first of the four book series. Never-the-less, I enjoyed it as though I'd never read it before. The scruffy, no, make that dirty little police detective from a smallish town in England smokes like a fiend, eats greasy food bought from horrible little truck outlets, and it always bloody cold! Can't a murder take place on a nice warm night? Ha! Not with Frost. I absolutely enjoy R. D. Wingfield's character Jack Frost and his ability t ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Madonna rated it it was amazing
As with Wingfield's series, I liked this one.
The cop du jour is a young married man this time. So, there is the tension with Frost AND the tension at home driving this entry in the series. Gilmore soon learns that Frost is not what he needs to advance so he looks for ways to make himself look better than Frost so he'll be considered for advancement. Out of Denton District and away from Frost. Ah, but he should have read the other books in the series. As happens in them, the cop du jour always co
Christine Blachford
Aug 23, 2011 Christine Blachford rated it really liked it
Just as good as the previous two in the series, you spend the first half of the book watching the pressure pile on Jack Frost, and the second half hoping he can muddle his way through. As ever, Jack is partnered with a young, up and coming chap who thinks he is completely useless and is proved wrong on more than one occasion. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this formula, I'm curious if the final two books keep up this same concept, or if there is another kind of relationship that could be att ...more
Bev Taylor
May 14, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it
a serial killer is terrorizing the senior citizens of denton and the local police r succumbing to a flu epidemic. tired and demoralised, the force has to contend with a seemingly perfect young couple suffering arson attacks and death threats, a suspicious suicide, burglaries, pornographic videos, poison pen letters ....

how will frost cope? he has new recruit gilmore to assist him and mullet to hold him back

meaty police procedure;bawdy, funny - u will be hooked

how frost holds onto his job no-o
Larisa Scates
May 13, 2017 Larisa Scates rated it it was amazing
LOVE Jack Frost! I can hardly put the books down.
Jul 24, 2017 KK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With so much going on, there's never a dull moment in Night Frost.
A superb crime novel with plenty of morbid humour & enough red herrings to keep it interesting until the very last page.
Sandi Wallace
Mar 16, 2017 Sandi Wallace rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Catherine Ryan
Oct 03, 2016 Catherine Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really excellent "Frost" novel, with Frank Gilmore as Frost's rather reluctant assistant. Just as enjoyable as the previous "Frost" novels, even if it deals with adult themes
Jan 04, 2009 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
I love this series of police procedurals that will be familiar to those who have seen the TV series of the same name. In this one, Detective Inspector Jack Frost —great name, what? — is scrambling to deal with a new Detective Sergeant Gilmore, anxious to move up in the ranks, stiff, obsequious toward Mullett, the divisional superintendent. Gilmore’s wife is unhappy with the move to Denton, where she fears she will have nothing to do. Frost is uncouth, sloppy, on the surface unprofessional, and a ...more
Rog Harrison
Apr 21, 2013 Rog Harrison rated it liked it
Finally found this one on Friday in the F section of the library instead of the W section. I can't help wondering if I would have enjoyed this more had I read it third rather than fifth. I had read this at least once before many years ago but this time around it did not grab me. With the other Frost books I kept going until I finished them but with this one although I finished it the day after I started it I kept putting in down and did other things instead of carrying on reading. I am not sure ...more
This is a cracking read.

The Frost books are going from strength to strength. It is a shame that Wingfield, who didn't seem to enjoy writing novels, wrote so few of them.

All the usual elements are here. Frost is way behind on his paperwork and worse the forging of his petrol expenses has been spotted. He is saved only becuse Mullet signed thm off without spotting the obvious. On top of this the station is well under strentgh with a Flu epidemic leaving Frost and a few other officers dealing with
Aug 04, 2015 Rich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scanned-books
Another gripping Jack Frost novel, although one slight irk is the way it all seems to tie up rather conveniently - still no bother, an excellent plot behind it. This follows Mr Frost on the tail of 3 criminals, baffling his latest DS with his interesting if somewhat lacklustre efforts. I've really started to see how different the book version is to the TV version and I can't think which one I prefer!! The tensions described between Mullet and Frost seem to have intensified and I admire the way t ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it
This Inspector Jack Frost is so very different than the tv version starring David James. The novel version is much more harsh, brash and unkempt. But he is very very likeable :) He comes across as a bumbling fool much like Colombo. He guessed at who the bad guy could be, smokes way too many cigarettes and has a running commentary for everything. His jokes are horrid and often ill-timed. And I love everything about him. I wasn't sure he would find all three culprits of the 3 different crimes, but ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I started reading this series in 1997 courtesy of Dad's extensive bookshelves. In the beginning I think the overworked Frost with his terrible boss and overflowing paperwork helped me feel better about the evil boss and hellish work situation I had at the time. Wierd how sometimes reading about someone who has it worse makes you feel better, but it did.
Then I got hooked by the series and read them all. The TV series with David Jason is great too. A British detective who is past burned out and ta
May 04, 2014 Pat rated it it was ok
While the local police succumb to a flu epidemic and the unsolved crimes pile up, a tired and demoralized Jack Frost tries to cope with inadequate backup as he tackles a spate of vicious killings. Contending with a suspicious suicide, burglaries, pornographic videos, poison pen letters and his comander looking over his shoulder, Frost has to cut corners and take risks.

Nope. It isn't the flu epidemic. In both of the first two books, Frost never sleeeps, rarely eats, smokes incessantly and is alwa
Apr 10, 2010 Marti rated it really liked it
This is the third in the series about Inspector Jack Frost--British--and the third book about him that I have read. He is an endearing if scuzzy character who is always unkempt, doesn't follow correct police procedure and irks the heck out of his partner and boss, but somehow he does get the job done. It takes a while, with other cases going on, but during a flu epidemic which strikes the police station, he solves or doesn't solve, the case of the 'Granny Ripper,' a fiend who uses a knife to do ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
I really like DI Jack Frost. The crimes are very disturbing and graphic, but it is interesting watching him solve them. He is really offensive but, as he says, that is how he copes with all the awful things he sees. I also like how he takes care of the PCs under him when they are in trouble with the Superintendent -- Frost always takes the blame for them. I definitely want to read the other three books. I also really enjoyed the "Touch of Frost" TV series.
Timbabwe Sz
Aug 06, 2014 Timbabwe Sz rated it really liked it
One of the better Inspector Jack Frost novels.

The radio production was better. Some books
are improved by the concise editing and pacing
needed to transform it to a script. Also, the
book had too many d__k jokes, which were left out
of the BBC version.

I'm finally getting some use out of my Nook.
It is bloody useless for scientific works,
but passable for novels. A lot of misprints
and scannos remain in the text.
Joe Rodeck
Aug 24, 2014 Joe Rodeck rated it it was ok
One Jack Frost mystery was enough. Too many of the same old pecker jokes and relighting of cigarettes. Cliches like the exasperated, temper tantrum boss get old. Calling a female a cow had humor, but after a while it's needless misogyny.

Ugly gore and kinky sex have shock appeal, but there's a fine line between scary and simply nauseating.

Now I'll be more suspicious of multiple plot lines. I'd rather have one simple murder in a more streamlined story.
i really like the TV series A Touch of Frost, but I couldn't make it through this book. The character is just a LITTLE too rough edged in the books, less so on TV. And the plot is so overstuffed with action, it made me so tense reading it that it would keep me up all night. For A Touch of Frost fans, the books that feel to me to best capture the mood of the tv show are the Peculiar Crime Unit books by Christopher Fowler.
Tim Bold
An entertaining read. Forget David Jason (well, you can't completely forget David Jason - you can still hear his voice when Frost speaks), this Jack Frost is foul mouthed, sexist and thoroughly disgraceful, though utterly compelling. Not a book for the feint hearted - this novel's body count makes Midsummer look like a holiday retreat. Wingfield seems to delight in giving his hero detective more and more gruesome murder scenes to make poor taste jokes in.
Aug 16, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
Has very much the same MO as the novel "A Touch of Frost." Frost has a number of cases going on at the same time, butts heads with supervisor Mullett, teams with an unhappy new partner, avoids paperwork, forgets to do things, but through experience, intelligence, and humanity somehow solves the cases. Hard to believe all this crime is going on in backwater Denton, but Frost's sarcasm and crude wit make it another enjoyable read in the series.
Aug 24, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
I loved the TV series A Touch of Frost, and found the book even more enjoyable as the characters as explored more in-depth and detailed. Frost makes you laugh out loud with his rude, crude behaviour and observations. I found the book really well written and couldn't wait to find out "whodunnit". I am eagerly awaiting reading the rest of the books in RD Wingfield's tales of Jack Frost.
Jul 28, 2008 krin rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked this gritty police procedural featuring Detective Inspector Jack Frost and his new partner Frank Gilmore who's often appalled by Frost's unorthodox and often slovenly behavior. Despite reduced staff and persistent bad luck, Frost and Gilmore somehow manage to find the answers they seek. I look forward to reading the first two books in the series, Frost at Christmas and A Touch of Frost.
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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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