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A Touch Of Frost by R.D. Wingfield Review

Title: A Touch Of Frost

Author: R.D. Wingfield

First published January 1, 1987

427 pages, Mass Market Paperback

ISBN: 9780552145558 (ISBN10: 0552145556)

Rating: 4.11


In A Touch Of Frost by R.D. Wingfield, Detective Inspector Jack Frost is not your typical cop. He’s disheveled, disorganized, and doesn’t always follow the rules.

But when Denton CID is hit with a series of major crimes, Frost finds himself under immense pressure to solve them all. A rapist is on the loose, a teenage girl is missing, and a nightclub has been robbed.

To top it all off, an elderly man has been injured in a hit-and-run. With so much on his plate, Frost is running out of time and patience.

But if he doesn’t solve these cases soon, there will be consequences. This gripping novel was the precursor to a hugely popular TV series and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

About the Author

Rodney David Wingfield was a talented writer who specialized in crafting radio plays and comedic scripts, including some that featured the beloved actor Kenneth Williams of the Carry On films. His crime novels that revolve around DI Jack Frost have been transformed into a successful television series called A Touch of Frost, which stars David Jason.

Despite his success, Wingfield remained humble and chose to avoid the publicity scene in London. Instead, he preferred a peaceful life in Basildon, Essex, where he lived with his wife of 52 years (who passed away in 2004) and their only son.

Editoral Review

R.D. Wingfield’s A Touch of Frost is a brilliant crime fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the twisted mind of a serial killer. Published on January 1, 1987, this book has stood the test of time and remains a classic in the genre.

Wingfield, who passed away in 2007, was a prolific British author who wrote several books in the Frost series. He was known for his gritty and realistic portrayals of police procedures and the criminal underworld.

His writing style is sharp, concise, and engrossing, making his books hard to put down.

Set in the fictional town of Denton, A Touch of Frost follows the investigations of Detective Inspector Jack Frost, a flawed but brilliant detective who is haunted by personal demons. When a string of murders rocks the town, Frost must race against time to catch the killer before more innocent lives are lost.

Along the way, he navigates the politics of the police force, battles his own demons, and confronts the dark underbelly of Denton’s society.

Wingfield’s portrayal of Frost is masterful, and readers will find themselves rooting for this anti-hero despite his flaws. The supporting cast of characters is equally well-drawn, and the interactions between them are often humorous and poignant.

The plot is fast-paced and full of twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end.

A Touch of Frost is not just a gripping crime novel; it also has historical significance as a product of its time. The book was written in the 1980s, during a period of political and social upheaval in Britain.

Wingfield’s portrayal of the town of Denton reflects the tensions and anxieties of that era, making the book a valuable cultural artifact.

In terms of critical analysis, A Touch of Frost is a well-crafted and satisfying read. Wingfield’s writing style is engaging and accessible, and he knows how to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The plot is well-structured, with each twist and turn building on the last. The character development is superb, with each character having their own unique voice and personality.

If there is a flaw in the book, it is perhaps that the ending feels a bit rushed. However, this is a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent work.

Overall, A Touch of Frost is a must-read for fans of crime fiction. It is a timeless classic that has stood the test of time, and it is just as relevant today as it was when it was first published.

It is a gripping, well-written, and satisfying read that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

4.5/5 stars.

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