tirsdag den 27. oktober 2009

R.D. Wingfield, Night Frost (1992)

[Udgivet på dansk under titlen Nattens Frost i 1995]

This police procedural is the third in the series about Detective Inspector Jack Frost.

The main case at the beginning of this story is the disappearance of fifteen-year-old Paula Bartlett, but the Denton police force have their hands full with a series of burglaries from old women´s homes which later seems to escalate into murder cases. Furthermore, half the station is down with a nasty flu, but in this sea of trouble Jack Frost is his usual phlegmatic, untidy self.

After many digressions Frost and his ambitious acolyte, Gilmore, stumble upon their perpetrators, but when Frost is around, the reader can rest assured that even the most simple police operation will turn into chaos or disaster.

An entertaining police procedural with a slovenly, disorganized DI who disregards the rules and the red tape, but is a good copper at heart, and always catches the villain in the end.

Perhaps I should also mention that in my opinion the books are far better than the rather ordinary TV series.

6 kommentarer:

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Thanks for saying that last bit. I never thought much of the series so didn't bother with the books.

Dorte H sagde ...

Patti: the TV Frost is too much of a cliché in my opinion. The books may not be unforgetable, but I think they are entertaining police procedurals.

Elizabeth Spann Craig sagde ...

I enjoy police procedurals, so I'll look for these!

I wasn't impressed with the TV version, either! Funny how we all agree on that point...

Mystery Writing is Murder

Dorte H sagde ...

Elizabeth; I hope you are going to like them.

Beth F sagde ...

Oh I'll have to try the books. I wasn't thrilled with the TV series, so I never thought to read the series. Thanks for letting me know.

Dorte H sagde ...

Beth, I am glad I reviewed this rather old one. It seems many crime readers have not read the books. And though they are not five-star reads, I think they are quite entertaining (at least three stars).