November 5th, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night chasing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human foot. And the night gets worse.
Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot inside his club, an off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing. And Superintendant Mullett's attempts to join the Freemasons are being rudely thwarted.
As the week goes on, a cyclist is found dead in suspicious circumstances, and the arsonist strikes again. Frost is on the case.
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The narrator was very good, it was the story that lacked. If the author(s) had not changed facts from Frost's life as described in the original R.D. Wingfield Frost books, it would have been much better.
Yes. I would probably still buy their work. The story was okay for detective fiction, it just wasn't really a Frost book.
This is the first one I've listened to.
None. They all served a purpose.
"Ignore other reviewer giving low score..."
The other reviewer who rated this low due to it not matching the continuity of the television version is missing the point; these books are prequels to R.D Wingfield's novels, which not only differ in plot from the later David Jason series but paint a vastly different picture of the lead character. For what it's worth, Frost's wife has already been dead for some years in the first of the original novels (Frost at Christmas).
"the best early Frost"
Really enjoyed this audiobook, with a great story and excellently narrated.
These are definitely getting better and look forward to the next one.
"A worthy end to a magnificent saga, but I still want more"
James Henry makes a worthy set of prequels to the original Wingfield series and it is great the way plots and characters develop over the three books in the prequels. I have been taking as long as possible to listen to the whole Frost series and now that I have reached the end of what there is I just wish they would write one more.
It would be interesting to go back to the first again in the light of the prequels and see if they deepen the experience of the stories after Frost is made up to Inspector.
"A Good book read by an excellent reader."
Stephen Thorne is (next to Tony Britton) my favourite reader and I only found these extra Frost books by entering his name in the search box which for me was a real bonus. After reading the recorded books by RD Wingfield, I thought that was all that was available but these by James Henry are well worth listening to with the same dry humour.
The flow of the continuation of the life of the detective Frost in Denton with all it's familiar characters and it's well written.
He is an excellent reader. I only allow myself to read books on holiday so audio books are part of my everyday life.
Not necessarily as I don't just sit and listen. I use the stories when I'm doing something boring like ironing or washing up etc. and especially housework or decorating. I actually look forward to the next day's work when I can continue with my story.
"Frost at his best"
Wouldn't want to work with hi but love the full bodied character. What a clever author to get it right time after time. Read well and clearly. Great book.
"Good plotting but not the Frost I know"
Yes - it's a good story
Yes because the plot lines are faithful to the originals and very well done but with the caveat that the Frost character is more like the sanitised version you see on the TV rather the rather coarse version in the original books
Yes but it's obviously too long for that which is no bad thing
The story is good with different strands interwoven in keeping with the originals but I prefer the cruder, sloppy character of the original books
"Not the best entry in series"
The plot line here doesn't quite match up with what we see at the start of the tv series. Jack's wife dies at the end of the first episode, and this is meant to be a prequel. Unless the author intended it to take place between the first and second episode, it doesn't quite work out, and feels out of place. I didn't finish this, I got a couple of hours in before having to stop as the above point about timing placing in the series put me off. I know it based around the funeral of Jack's wife, but we hear too much about the wife in this - given how little even in the first episodes of the tv show we hear about her.
If you're a die hard fan, and are happy to ignore any issues around when it's set, or are a casul fan, this is for you. However, I couldn't finish it.
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