• Fatal Frost

  • By: James Henry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-01-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-04-14


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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 06-01-14

Frosty Relationships...

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 03-29-16

Like a Comfy Pair of Old Slippers

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Barrie on 04-09-13

Fatal Frost

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.

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