Frost at Midnight

Written by James Henry

Review written by Sue Lord


Frost at Midnight
Bantam Press
RRP: £12.99
Released: June 18 2017
HBK

Detective “Jack” Frost has been homeless since his wife died. His wife’s family have sold Frost’s house. Now he has been thrown out of DC Sue Clarke’s flat. Sue has a baby and her mother is due to move in so Jack moves into a room above a Chinese restaurant.

The body of a young woman is found posed on a grave by the lay verger, Ben Weaver. This means that the wedding rehearsal for DS Waters and Kim Myles is delayed. Jack, now rather dishevelled and grubby is due to be best man at the wedding in a rather predictable subplot.  Frost and Waters investigate the murder with the forthcoming nuptials ever present at the back of their minds.

The body turns out to be that of the notorious Rachel Curtis, a woman found guilty in a previous Denton police case and newly released from prison.

A young boy, Richard Hammond reports his mother missing; Jane Hammond a local prostitute and who Frost is convinced is dead. Superintendent Mullett is eager to be elected Chairman of the golf club, and on the committee is a man called Hudson, who asks Mullet to get a pole dancer fired from the Coconut Grove Club. Mullett delegates Frost with this task, but Karen Thomas is not the acquiescent type.

Inevitably Frost and his boss clash but Frost invariably triumphs in the end. DC Sue Clarke returns to work after maternity leave. More investigations pile up on Frosts untidy desk. Dominic Holland, reports that cash left in a cement mixer for a local builder has been stolen. Denton's traffic is in chaos because 200 gallons of yellow paint (destined for double yellow lines) has been stolen from the council, and there is only a week to go until the wedding. And for those new to the world of Detective Frost, there is the backlist to console you until these engaging adventures continue.

Editor’s Note: Frost at Midnight is the fourth prequel in the DI Frost series written by James Henry continuing the R D Wingfield novels.



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