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When art dealer Ivan Fielding is found dead of a heart attack in his home, surrounded by the treasures he's collected all his life, it doesn't initially seem like a case for Detective Inspector Frost and the Denton police force. But then signs of a burglary are discovered, and Frost senses there's more to the story than meets the eye - even though the only thing taken was a worthless amateur painting. Then a young girl is abducted outside the school, an infamous gangster fresh from prison arrives in the area, and dead bodies start turning up in the woods. As Frost and his team dig deeper, everything seems to lead back to Ivan Fielding's murky lifetime of misdeeds. Will they find the answers they need before the dead man's past puts them all at risk? DETECTIVE JACK FROST IS: 'A splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Columbo.' The Times 'Deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels.' Guardian
Denton, 1984. After a morning's betting at the races, bookmaker George Price is found in his car, barely alive with a bullet in his head. As he's rushed to hospital, Detective Inspector Jack Frost and the Denton police force start their hunt for the would-be murderer. But with a long list of enemies who might want the bookie dead, the team have got their work cut out for them. And with a slew of other crimes hitting the area, from counterfeit goods to a violent drugs gangs swamping Denton with cheap heroin, the stakes have never been higher. Will Frost find the answers he's looking for before things go from bad to worse? DETECTIVE JACK FROST IS... 'A splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Columbo' The Times 'Deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels' Guardian
The fourth prequel to R. D. Wingfield's A TOUCH OF FROST, for anyone who loved watching David Jason as Jack Frost, and readers of sharply plotted detective crime novels. August, 1983. Denton is preparing for a wedding, with less than a week to go until Detective Sergeant Waters marries Kim Myles. But the Sunday before the big day, the body of a young woman is found in the churchyard. Their idyllic wedding venue has become a crime scene. As best man to Waters, Detective Inspector Jack Frost has a responsibility to solve the mystery before the wedding. But with nowhere to live since his wife's family sold his matrimonial home, Frost's got other things on his mind. Can he put his own troubles aside and step up to be the detective they need him to be? 'One of the most successful ventriloquial acts in crime writing.' Financial Times
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. DI Jack Frost is best-known for his small screen portrayal by David Jason. Created by the late R.D. Wingfield, the books he appears in are much more subtle and fascinating than their TV adaptations, developing a gently askew view of small-town Britain. James Henry has taken over the series and has gone back to Frost's earlier years in the 1970s and this 3rd prequel (after First Frost and Fatal Frost) is set straight after his wife's burial when a mysterious human foot is found in a farmer's field and soon after a local businessman is shot and a valuable painting goes missing. Despite his own burdensome woes, Frost has to unthread the criminal spiderweb. Superbly-plotted and humane English detection. Sarah Broadhurst's View... DI Frost is one of the most beloved detectives to grace our shelves and our screens. The original series was written by R. D. Wingfield who died in 2007, with the last Frost book published in 2008. Rather than merely continue the series, James Henry (the pseudonym for James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton) has written three prequels set in the 70s and 80s which take the series up to where it first started. Brilliantly capturing the era and the character of Frost this is gripping and enjoyable.
The second in the prequel series to R D Wingfield's A TOUCH OF FROST, for fans of David Jason's Jack Frost and crime-fiction readers. May, 1982. Britain celebrates the sinking of the Belgrano, Princess Diana prepares for the birth of her first child and Denton Police Division welcomes its first black policeman, DS Waters - recently relocated from East London. While the force is busy dealing with a spate of local burglaries, the body of fifteen-year-old Samantha Ellis 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. 'One of the most successful ventriloquial acts in crime writing.' Financial Times
'Frost is back - this is a brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough' Martina Cole Denton, 1981. Britain is in recession, the IRA is becoming increasingly active and the country's on alert for an outbreak of rabies. Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is working under his mentor and inspiration DI Bert Williams, and coping badly with his increasingly strained marriage. But DI Williams is nowhere to be seen. So when a 12-year-old girl goes missing from a department store changing room, DS Frost is put in charge of the investigation... 'One of the most successful ventriloquial acts in crime writing.' Financial Times