Friday, July 1, 2016
Review of A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield (2008, Corgi)
A Killing Frost is the sixth and final book in the Frost series. As with the previous books, Wingfield does a great job at weaving together a multiple set of engaging plot lines, overloading the already overstretched Frost with cases and internal battles. That he does so without losing the reader is quite remarkable given the number of open cases being handled and the quick and relentless pace of the narrative. Along with the plotting, the characterisation is excellent and the dialogue and interactions between characters is superb, as one might expect from a writer with much experience of writing radio plays. Frost is his usual rumpled, unorthodox, coarse, sarcastic, insolent self, who countermands his bosses’ orders, cuts corners, fiddles his expenses and procedures, makes plenty of mistakes and errors of judgement, and relentlessly pursues justice. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable read, full of black humour, that makes a nice finale to what was an unfinished series. Wingfield died shortly before publication and the series has been continued by James Henry (pseudonym for James Gurbutt and Henry Sutton), who have written three prequels. I might yet give those a go. I certainly anticipate going back and reading this excellent series again at some point.