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.