By James Henry
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9781250025531, 352pp.)
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
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The tantalizing prequel to the detective novels of the late R. D. Wingfield featuring Detective Jack Frost—in the vein of Jill Paton Walsh’s reinvention of the works of Dorothy L. Sayers
"Brilliant! A must for all fans of Frost, but also so much more. Gripping, finely written . . . A classic, period crime thriller." Thus raves Peter James about A Touch of Frost, a prequel to the detective novels of R.D. Wingfield, who died in 2007.
In the tradition of Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost is one of England's longest running series of all time, and the gruff, non-conformist cop Jack Frost is as much a part of England's detective tradition as P.D. James's Adam Dalgleish or Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse. Now, by special arrangement with R.D. Wingfield's estate, this smashing new mystery has been written to give new life to this beloved policeman. In James Henry's First Frost, Detective Sergeant Jack Frost is dealing with the disappearance of his mentor. When a twelve-year-old girl goes missing from a department store changing room, Frost is put in charge of the case. Perfect for fans who have devoured A Touch of Frost on Netflix Instant as well as for those who love police procedurals, readers everywhere will applaud the return of detective Jack Frost in this pitch-perfect mystery.
JAMES HENRY is the pen name of James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton. Gurbutt is a publisher at Constable & Robinson, R.D. Wingfield's original publisher in the 1980s, and Sutton is a crime reviewer for The Daily Mirror. Both Gurbutt and Sutton live in London, England
"The success of First Frost is incontestable. This is a palpable hit . . . A dark but glittering pearl." —The Independent (UK)
"Frost is back - this is a brilliant read. I can't recommend it highly enough." —Martina Cole, author of The Runaway
"A very good job of producing a novel in Wingfield's style . . . I felt like I'd made a return to an old—and loved—stamping ground . . . A very enjoyable outing with an old friend." —Reviewing the Evidence
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