- Title: Frost At Christmas
- Author: R.D. Wingfield
- ISBN: 9780553571684
- Page: 210
- Format: Paperback
Ten days to Christmas and Tracey Uphill, aged eight, hasn t come home from Sunday school Her mother, a pretty young prostitute, is desperate Enter Detective Inspector Jack Frost, sloppy, scruffy and insubordinate To help him investigate the case of the missing child, Frost has been assigned a new sidekick, the Chief Constable s nephew Fresh to provincial Denton in an oTen days to Christmas and Tracey Uphill, aged eight, hasn t come home from Sunday school Her mother, a pretty young prostitute, is desperate Enter Detective Inspector Jack Frost, sloppy, scruffy and insubordinate To help him investigate the case of the missing child, Frost has been assigned a new sidekick, the Chief Constable s nephew Fresh to provincial Denton in an oversmart suit, Detective Constable Clive Barnard is an easy target for Frost s withering satire.Assisted and annoyed by Barnard, Frost, complete with a store of tasteless anecdotes to fit every occasion, proceeds with the investigation in typically unorthodox style After he s consulted a local witch, Dead Man s Hollow yields up a skeleton Frost finds himself drawn into an unsolved crime from the past and risks not only his career, but also his life.
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I can't decide if Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a misunderstood genius or if he's just incredibly lucky. While he exhibits traits of someone who clearly knows what he's doing; he mostly seems like a bumbling jerk who happens to fall into the right answers.By saying that, I certainly don't mean for it to seem like I was irritated. Look at Dr. House on House. He berates his patients as well as his colleges and is certainly without tact - but he always gets the job done. Frost shows many of tho [...]
I was enjoying the book up until about a quarter of the way in when Frost basically blames a 12 year old girl for a vicar taking nude photographs of her. NOT okay. That's when I noticed there were basically no positive female characters in the book. Even the (one) female policeman character seems to exist only to sleep with one of the other policemen and barely has any dialogue. Add to that the constant wisecracks and commentary about women's bodies and what could've been a fun murder mystery tu [...]
First the good, the mystery was engaging and perfectly twisty. The male secondary characters are well drawn and Frost does manage to be amusing at times.But it's all wrapped in a giant turd of misogyny. Every woman who makes an appearance is either fuckable or doesn't matter. Most glaringly is when Frost blames a 12 year old girl for the fact that the vicar has naked photos of her. See, the vicar's not a bad sort the girl is just a slut who drove him to it. Frost then shares a charming story of [...]
Definitely a product of its time when it comes to attitudes to women, sex etc. Aside from that it's an interesting take on the genre. In particular, the fact that it contains more than one mystery, and that Frost has many jobs to do, including paperwork and dealing with office politics. It's fast paced. The author doesn't linger on descriptions of people or places. Dialogue is quick and snappy, often very witty. I'll read others in the series, because it's the sort of thing you can take with you [...]
This probably would have gotten a higher rating had the mystery not been resolved by the near-clueless detective bumbling into a monologue-spouting perpetrator.Also - I think we're supposed to find the detective endearing, if a bit flawed. The detective discovered that a vicar took nude "provocative" photographs of a girl he knew was only 12 years old. The detective did nothing about this because the girl was physically developed and "a slut", so the vicar was not to blame. Seriously? She's 12 Y [...]
Having watched all the episodes of the TV series I was I admit disappointed when I read this the first original novel from which the character derived. Not because it wasn't a good read because it was, it has a good storyline, interesting characters and maintains it's pace and keeps you turning the pages.However, for me and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, Frost's attitude regarding a 12 year old girl, of whom pornographic photos they discover having been taken by one of the characters is "We've [...]
DI Frost gives a whole new outlook on the crime / mystery genre. Frost is a sarcastic, sloppily dressed and insubordinate detective that you just have to love. A Frost at Christmas features three different crimes to be solved which is a nice change from only the one murder mystery featured in other crimes books. I enjoyed Frost's unorthodox approach to solving crime and his reliance on luck to muck his way through the investigation. I can't help but love Frost (he's exactly the same as he on the [...]
I found this to be an enjoyable book. It had a decent plot, interesting characters and a gruff but lovable Detective Inspector, Jack Frost. I loved the touch of humor.
My library only has the movie version of this book.I checked ILL, and they have it -- but only in Japanese! Kurisumasu no furosuto by R. D. Wingufīrudo.
Whilst some resemblance to the excellent TV series is apparent, the insane levels of misogyny I could definitely do without. What strikes Frost as different from other detectives, at least in the television series where he is brilliantly played by David Jason, is that he really cares about the people of Denton and isn't judgemental - or at least tries not to be as he is an old man constantly challenged to adapt to an ever advancing culturally and technological society. He is often seen taking th [...]
I've enjoyed the Inspector Frost series very much. Frost at Christmas is actually the first in the series, it seemed appropriate to read it over the Xmas period. We find out how Frost got his medal, learn to appreciate his bumbling style, even though he is well-loved by the rank and file within the Police station. Not so well-liked by DS Mullet, his boss, but then again, Mullet isn't all that nice anyway. Frost is tasked to take over the investigation and search for a lost girl when one of his p [...]
Inspector Frost -slovenly, rumpled, insubordinate, a bit misogynistic and sexist in his remarks about the women he encounters, deeply flawed - and yet cleverly successful, undermining his own successes, and giving away the credit. In Frost At Christmas, Frost investigates several crimes - the eight year old daughter of a prostitute goes missing, attempted break-ins at a local bank, and the discovery of a 30-year old skeleton that links back to a bank robbery. Frost also must mentor Detective Con [...]
Hated this book. All of the female characters were either sex objects or old crones. And for DI Frost to defend the vicar when it was discovered that the vicar took nude pictures of a well-developed and promiscuous 12 year old is indefensible. Frost said the vicar did nothing illegal, but child porn was certainly illegal in the 80s when this was written. Frost is portrayed as a bumbling Columbo type of detective, but he just seems incompetent and not vaguely as smart as Columbo was.
I had the same problem with this as so many other reviewers. The attitude toward women was appalling. Pretty hard on animals as well.That said, it was good story line with interesting characters.I wanted very much to like it, and still may read the other books in the series.
I don't remember where I originally read about this series - perhaps here on GR? Anyway, I've had this book for a while. Between work-related stress (Federal Court briefs) and Christmas-related stress (ongoing home renovating, gift buying, party planning - ugh!), I have only wanted to read "light" literature, books I don't have to think about too deeply. I'm saving those doorstop books for after the New Year. Lol.So I picked this one up and decided to read it. Now, I've read the pearl-clutching [...]
I have read hundreds of novels, some of them very funny. I have never ever read a novel as funny as Frost at Christmas. Lonesome evenings spent watching a Touch of Frost on ITV3 spurned me to invest in the books and while - apropos of a plethora of quite negative reviews - I was apprehensive about shattering the figure of Frost conjured by the inimitable David Jason, my qualms were quickly quashed. Essentially this is a typical, run-of-the-mill, police procedural that rattles along as tersely as [...]
Very engaging style and complex plotting. Alternately funny, crude and scary - Frost is an acerbic character and the TV character is brilliantly close to the written version.
A missing girl, a robbery, an unearthed skeleton - with so many crimes nipping at his toes, Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a busy man. If you've seen the TV show it's hard not to picture Frost as Sir David Jason, and I was grateful to have his comedic interpretation of this unusual character to visualise. I say this because there is a rather shocking point in this book that has upset many readers. I had read some unflattering reviews, all complaining about the same thing, before starting the [...]
Detective Inspector Jack Frost, scruffy, insubordinate, and a general pain in the butt to his superiors, but loved by everyone else. He hated paperwork, was always behind in anything to do with NOT being in the field, and forgot all the meetings and briefings he was supposed to attend.But with 10 days until Christmas, Frost lands a case which needs to be solved quickly. A young girl, Tracey Uphill, 8 years old, has gone missing after Sunday School, and it's bitterly cold, snowing, not weather fo [...]
yes, he's back - together with the usual colleagues h/e this time he is joined by clive, the chief constable's nephew from london. when should have been working with allen but he has been taken ill on the way from the railway station to his digs they r called to a mother's house - her 8 year old girl has gone missing. frost is put in charge of the case, much to his boss's disgust and with clive as his sidekick they start the search - though with each passing day and the weather it grows more and [...]
Frost at Christmas is the first book in this delightful six book series. Frost is introduced as a befuddled, conniving, sarcastic, and insolent cop, promoted beyond his capabilities, who tackles crimes seemingly without rhyme or reason. Every one of his actions seem designed to be as inefficient as possible and annoy those around him, yet Frost receives loyalty from most of his colleagues as, at heart, he’s a lovable rogue whose two commitments are to catch the bad guys and to share any plaudi [...]
3½ stars. Although I wasn't sure at first that I could stand the crude vulgarity of Inspector Jack Frost, this mystery has a very good plot, starting right away with a surprising grabber. Wingfield manages to take several seemingly unrelated threads and twist them into an intricate knot in the end and I, along with DC Clive Barnard, came to find that I liked Frost more than I had originally thought possible. I will be reading more of this series.
You could read any of the Frost books and they sound the same but are enjoyable nonetheless. For those of you not in the UK, if you think Columbo, Mr Bean and Benny Hill all combined set in a downtown precinct you have just about got the picture.The dry humour stands out, and the need to tolerate the sexism and chauvinism is to understand the context of the book.A good holiday read.
Frost at ChristmasR.D. WingfieldSearching for a missing girl, Frost encounters one colorful character after another. They include, for a start, an upstanding vicar with a taste for pornography, a foul-mouthed drunken tramp and a witch-like clairvoyant to say nothing of his own pompous chief inspector.
Not as good as the second one, which I read first (bear with me) but still pretty terrifyingly good. Ends differently than the televised version, too, so that was a nice shock. A very readable series with a believably screwed-up detective and division, with twisted, petty cases that know human foibles very well.
Started to write the review, which then got swallowed up and disappeared. Inspector Jack Frost is an unconventional British police officer whois often tardy, sloppy, but who gets the job done. In this book, he is paired with Clive Barnard, the Chief Constable's nephew. A missing girl leads to a long closed case which opens several other options. Jack is irascible, but endearing.
The first of the Inspector Frost series. Twenty years later the seemingly inept detective is still fresh and funny. The dialogue might have been better than the plot.
Enjoyed for the most part but couple of icky points. Not watched the TV show. Will give next a go
This would have definitely got a 4 from me if not for the justifications of the pedophile minister taking nude pictures of a 12 year old girl.
The TV series was quite close to the character in the books. Good mystery!
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