First Frost, Paperback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


"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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780552161763



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I am a huge fan of R.D. Wingfield’s Jack Frost series and so I couldn’t resist picking up First Frost by James Henry. This author is actually the pen name for the two men that co-wrote the story. One, James Gurbutt, was R.D. Wingfield’s original publisher. These two authors did an excellent job of capturing the style that the Frost books were written in and I enjoyed First Frost immensely.Working as a prequel to the series, First Frost is set in the mid-eighties, and finds Frost and his cohorts working on a number of cases that include investigating the disappearance of a teenager, a gang of armed robbers, and the death of a blind man. The Denton Police Force is under-staffed, over-worked and dealing with a new Superintendent, Stanley Mullet, who is a familiar character from the other Frost books. Mullet is rather a control freak as well as being extremely incompetent which is frustrating to his employees but adds a lot of humor to the story. This prequel works well and the authors are obviously very familiar with both the dark humor and the gripping, tense stories that defined this police procedural series and made is so memorial.It was a treat to read and rediscover my enthusiasm for Jack Frost and I will certainly be on the lookout for more Frost stories by James Henry.

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I have read nearly one hundred and forty books so far this year, and this one slips effortlessly into the bottom ten.I am not sure what disappointed me most - was it the facile characterisation or the incoherent plotting? One thing I am sure of is that I won't be reading any more of this series.

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This is a prequel to the Jack Frost series. The book is set in 1981. Frost is a DS at the time. His mentor DI Bert Williams is missing, the station is short handed and the bad guys seem to taking advantage of this. There is a 12 year old girl missing, a possible outbreak of rabies, what may or may not be a case of child abuse, some bank robberies and some dead bodies turning up. Frost is trying to work his way through these cases and then is hit with a very personal crisis.I've not read the original Frost series but if this book is any indication of them I will certainly add them to my TBR list. There is a lot going on in this book but the authors manage very well to keep the narrative flowing in a smooth way. The characters are outstanding and the dialogue is good. I'm very glad I stumbled onto this book and will be sure to read more in this series.

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