May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Jimmy Savile has the run of the airwaves and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DC Waters -- recently relocated from Bethnal Green. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Evans is discovered in woodland next to the nearby railway track. Then a fifteen-year-old boy is found dead on Denton's golf course, his organs removed. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is sent to investigate -- a welcome distraction from troubles at home. And when the murdered boy's sister goes missing, Frost and Waters must work together to find her... before it's too late.
©2012 The Estate of R. D. Wingfield (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
The abridged recording was released a few months back, but the wait for the unabridged version has been worthwhile! Stephen Thorne is one of the best audiobook narrators, if not the best, and for me he is the Frost series narrator par excellence. He really makes the characters come alive and gets the (wry) humour across exactly right. James Henry, the author, has done an excellent job, like in First Frost, in creating a fast-paced story in the same style as RD Wingfield. Long may the Thorne/Henry combo last....
The author seems to have captured the character of "Jack" Frost very well and his writing bears many of the hallmarks of R D Wingfield (the original author of the "Frost" novels). Of course his cause is helped mightily by the fact that the publisher has retained the services of the excellent Stephen Thorne as the narrator. I look forward to many more episodes of this loveable character! Well done.
A man with a child in his ears.
Having read quite a bit of very contemporary crime fiction recently I thought it would be nice to step back in time and see what the new authors had made of R D Wingfield’s famous “Jack” Frost. I was extremely impressed given that the book was actually released as recently as 2012 how the feel of the 80s was so credibly captured. From the frequent mentions of BEJAMs where I had my first ever gainful part-time employment to the need to find a payphone nostalgia was assured.
There’s obviously more to Frost than mere nostalgia though and the book delivers everything that we came to expect from the original books with all the favourite characters doing pretty much what you would expect in an excellent multi-threaded plot. There is all the old humour, the blissful lack of political correctness and good old fashioned police work to get your teeth into. The narration by Stephen Thorne gives just the right period feel to the audiobook.
It’s odd for those of us who loved the TV Series that R D Wingfield never liked the adaptation. I wonder if the new authors writing under the James Henry pen name were influenced by it at all.
Musing aside this was a very pleasant detour down memory lane. I think I’ll have to make the trip for the rest of the books at some point.
Very good second book,same characters of his first Frost novel and good plot line.
Recommend this book
As a long-time devotee of the R. D. Wingfield books about DI Frost I have enjoyed James Henry's prequels, this being the third in the series and the best so far. Henry has managed to capture the essence of life in the Denton Police Station and the characters of Jack Frost (and Superintendent Mullet !) ring true to those in the original books (being less sanitised than those in the TV series). I believe there is a fourth book in preparation and I look forward to reading it in due course.
I have often been left slightly disappointed that the various strands in the Frost stories appear to run parallel, but are rarely linked other than through having Frost investigating. This was a pleasant change in that every strand felt involved with the next, without feeling contrived. Well paced with a nice rounded ending I am looking forward very much to the next.
I found the print version to be very difficult because there was a difficulty in taking away excellent Television character away and replacing it with the book's character. The audio version allows for a new characterisation to form in my head.
It has to be Frost himself. Even though this is not the first book in the series I have read it adds a significant view to the complexity of the character.
His voice is not difficult to listen to and it adds value to the characters
Frost at his all time best
It was a great reintroduction to a great character.
I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.
Jack Frost has got to be one of the most endearing creations in detective fiction. His long-running antagonism with Mullet his superior is always amusing. Here he is investigating an outbreak of burglaries and the murder of a young girl. A black policeman has been drafted in from East London and in this early 1980s provincial town that makes something of a stir. The men work well as a team and unravel the mystery but it is the humour of the author and the characterisation of Frost that really make me want to listen to the end. The narrator is absolutely splendid and his performance really brings the book to life. It has to be said that the book has a very English feel to it so I don't know if American readers might find it so funny but I can only reccommend them to give it a try!
A great listen with interwoven threads coming together for an entertaining book. Were the police really like that in the 1980s? Probably!
References to 1980s culture in Britain and so many humorous flashes
He was brilliant and kept up a repertoire of excellent persona throughout
Made me chuckle and laugh out loud on many occasions
Overall a really entertaining listen
I had hoped the author would capture R.D. Wingfield's style. Jack is a little cruder, not quite as likable. Though he was no angel in the original series, he wasn't as boorish. The relationship with his wife is different as well and does not ring true.
Despite all the disappointments, the story is similar to originals with meshing story lines as well as good character development for supporting players. So overall a decent listen.
If you enjoy the original Frost books by R.D. Wingfield, you will probably really enjoy this book. The narrator is excellent (the same as for the original books, I think), Frost is his usual disorganized and yet brilliant self, and the writing is very well-done.
In this book - the second written by Wingfield's successor, James Henry - we see Frost's conflicted relationship with his wife and with PC Clarke; we see the friction between him and Mullet; and we see the good rapport Frost seems to have with most unlikely people - felons and coppers alike.
This was a fun listen, with parts that made me laugh, and did not get too sappy or emotional, so it stayed pretty light.
I like Frost and the narrator was just right for the role - unlike some of my other recent listens! Good story with lots of Frost-isms that made a few laugh out loud moments. As it wasnt written by RD Wingfield, the new author did well.
"The 'Ghost' writer is better"
James Henry does a decent Frost story and Stephen Thorne is the better reader..
The story was pretty good. The hard part was the narrator didn't do a great job of differentiating between the characters. it was hard to tell who was speaking. other than that it was good.
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