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Firewatching

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Six years ago, Gerald Cartwright vanished from his home in a village on the edge of the Peak District. Did he go on the run to escape his creditors? Or was there a more sinister explanation for his disappearance? Today, Detective Sargent Adam Tyler, a cold case specialist, is called back to Cartwright’s house—a body has just been discovered, bricked up behind a wall in the ...more
Published 2020 by Putnam
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Paromjit
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Russ Thomas's crime fiction debut is a cracking read, set in Sheffield, featuring a gay detective, DS Adam Tyler, who after an 'incident' that left his face scarred, is the sole member of the South Yorkshire Cold Case Unit, still in the force thanks to his godmother, DCI Diane Jordan. He is a smart, self contained guy, with a reputation for being cold and definitely not a team player. His father was a well known cop who committed suicide, Adam found his body, and he was thought to be corrupt. ...more
Ceecee
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent debut is set in and around the South Yorkshire ‘Steel City’ of Sheffield which is a good backdrop to the dramatic events of Firewatching. The central character is DS Adam Tyler currently assigned to cold cases. He’s scarred in more ways than one, doesn’t win many friends with his cool exterior, very intelligent and gay which makes him feel like he constantly has to prove himself to fellow police officers who often throw innuendo in his direction. Then there’s DI Jim Doggett, what ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent addictive and clever crime novel. One to watch in 2020 when I shall review it properly. One to watch
Michelle
DS Adam Tyler works for the Yorkshire police investigating cold cases. When he is called to the Old vicarage when a body is found in the walls of the building. It was put there when the person was still alive. It has been there for some time. They discover that it is the body of Gerald Cartwright who disappeared 6 years ago, and the house was left derelict and then burnt down. His son Oscar has the builders in to renovate the property, so he can sell it. Later, they discover another body of his ...more
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Firewatching is Russ Thomas’ debut. That in itself is crazy. The authors work…his words, his research, his narrative, where born from flames. It is red hot. It flows so effortlessly from the pages and dives straight into your head. Of course, the moment you pick this book up, you will forget about the tasks you had planned for the rest of the day. Nothing is as important as finding out the secrets this book contains. Toilet breaks, food none of it even registered in my head. Be prepared to race ...more
Lel Budge
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Sheffield, DS Adam Tyler is working on the Cold Case Review Unit, and when a body is found bricked up in a wall, and the house had later been set on fire…. And so the investigation begins.

The victim is George Cartwright who had gone missing years before.

Adam has a one night stand with a young man, Oscar, but he turns out to be the son of the dead man…..is this a coincidence?

There’s also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with
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C.M. Crockford
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimes, novels, genre, lgbtqia
Reading an ARC for review in Shelf Awareness.
Miss R
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A sophisticated, intelligently written thriller.

As there are no shortage of police procedurals on the market at the moment, I approached "Firewatching" with a mixture of trepidation and low expectations. Much to my surprise, Russ Thomas has succeeded in writing a thriller of quality that stands out from some of the current offerings of this genre. So, what is different? Well for a start our main protagonist DS
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Louise
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have liked this more than I did. I feel a three is being generous.
I spent quite a bit of time being confused by the old ladies,what was wrong with each of them,and what their relationship was to one another.
I liked the main characters in the police,and I'd definitely read the next book they're in now I've established their history.
Possibly too many twists for my liking.
Emma Shaw
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa-oh-oh. This book is on fire. Like what I did there? I’m still trying to catch my breath after finishing this heart-pounding debut. I love a good crime series, and Firewatching is the first in what I have no doubt will become one of my favourites. I’ll admit that I was enamoured by the fact it’s set in my hometown of Sheffield, but that isn’t why I loved it so much. The author had me hooked from the first page, his magnificent writing making me putty in the palm of his hand. I couldn’t put ...more
Anne
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard lots about this debut novel from the publisher. It's certainly a book that I've been looking forward to reading.

I could just say 'read this book', or 'where on earth did Russ Thomas spring from' ... honestly, this is one hell of a debut; almost perfectly executed and incredibly clever. It's my kind of crime novel and ticks every single one of my boxes.

I do love a story that's set in a familiar location and this one takes place bang in the centre of Sheffield; a city that I visit
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James
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A body is found bricked up in a basement. He’s died a quite horrific death, for he was alive when he was entombed. While he had received a head injury to incapacitate him which likely also sped up his death, he was aware enough to try to claw his way through the bricks. He is only discovered years later. The building his body was found in was devastated by a fire and has since lain derelict. Now the new owner has decided to renovate it and it is only when the builders are working in the cellar ...more
Susan Corcoran
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is refreshing and exciting on picking up a book to find within a few pages, enough reasons to not only know you’re going to love it, but to be absolutely certain that if you could, you’d give it more than the five stars amazon allows!

The characterisation is fabulous. Anyone that reads booksaremycwtches will know that I love to celebrate the inclusion of LGBT+ characters in a novel, so Firewatching gets a big thumbs up from me for that. Not only is there an LGBT character, but DS Adam Tyler is
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Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2020
I am here to add my voice to the rising swell of praise for this outstanding debut novel-thoroughly satisfying, big and bold in tone and narrative, 'Firewatching' marks itself out the spark which ignites Russ Thompson's career.

It doesn't give up its secrets easily,this is a book which would be easy to devour very quickly indeed, however, I resisited my natural impulses to race through the first DS Adam Tyler Cold Case. He has a multi layered back story, as well as being used-against his full
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The Literary Shed
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some cracking crime-fiction novels being published this year and Russ Thomas’ debut Firewatching sits snugly among them. A smartly plotted, tightly written book set over seven days, it introduces DS Adam Tyler to audiences.

Working for South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit (or Sea-Crew as it’s also known), Tyler is a late twenty-something gay detective determined to solve old, unsolved cases. When a body is found bricked up in a house in a Peak District village, Tyler is called in. It
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Kerry https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com Robinson
When this novel appeared in my inbox I was so excited and signed up immediately. I wasn't disappointed. I was hooked by the realisation it was set in Sheffield. Refreshing to see that places further North are being used in novels.

Firewatching is packed full of a intricate plot and character development and is not a novel you can easily read with 5 minutes here and there. This is a complex and brilliant crime thriller for those who like their novels a little meatier than your average crime
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Jacqueline  sharp
What a great debut novel. A little slow to begin with but the the tension builds up, with twists and turns which make you second guess what is coming next, and with an ending you won’t see coming. A great start to what I hope will be a good series to follow.

DS Adam Tyler is 29 years old, and due to a previous incident he is in the doghouse, working on cold cases for Yorkshire police. He gets called to join the investigating team that have been called to The Old Vicarage a property in a quiet
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Melanie’s reads
There is only one word that springs to mind with this book and that’s meaty. Like a nice juicy burger there’s a lot to get your chops round.

From the character DS Adam Tyler we follow him as he’s brought on into the investigation. He’s flawed and although that’s common with this genre what isn’t is the fact he’s gay and this really shone a light on the homophobia that is rife in the police force often disguised as banter. He’s not well liked by fellow colleagues but his success rate speaks for
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Maria
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone is ready to burn Sheffield but the police is much more interested to investigate a body that has appeared related to a cold case. Will the city burn before the police catch the arsonist? Of course you’ll have to read the book if you want to know all the answers!
The story is told in a very curious way, a disgraced police officer that has been relegated to investigate cold cases is needed after discovering a clue in one of his cases. This could be the chance he was searching to make a
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Joanna Park
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a fantastic read this was. Dark, engrossing and tense it kept me reading far too late at night!

The mention of fire always intrigues me as it’s so dangerous and unpredictable so the blurb instantly appealed to me. I was not disappointed as the Firewatcher was a truly despicable villan who I loved to hate. He’s obviously a highly intelligent individual and I found it hugely enjoyable trying to work out who he was. His main communication to the detectives was through blog posts which gave
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Honestmamreader
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! For a debut novel this is truly fantastic. A work of genius. I loved this book. Definitely a five star rating from me.

What's so genius about it? Well let me tell you.

Firstly, the characters are on point. We have the troubled DS Adam Tyler, he has got a bit of a hard backstory. But, this is what makes him a great detective. He's not hot on keeping out of trouble though, getting it on with the prime suspect in the case he's working on might not be a great idea. But, it works wonders for the
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Jacob Collins
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may have already found one of my books of the year, and we’re only in January! I’m often finding with police procedurals, that it is very hard to stand out, but Russ Thomas has definitely done this here. Firewatching is an incredibly good debut with an utterly gripping plot and a really likeable main character. This is definitely going to be a series I will be keeping an eye on.

Firewatching is the first book where we meet DS Adam Tyler. A cold case is about to be reopened when the body of a
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Debbie Littley
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating – well deserved stars (out of 5!)

The start of something really good comes this way with Firewatching, a book that will ignite your imagination as fast as things ignite across the page!

Ds Adam Tyler has been put to the back of the class, going over old cold cases but as a new case comes in it seems that this is the case that he needs to get his career back on track and back in the good graces of his superiors. A body has been found behind a brick wall in an old house, although the
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Lel Budge
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Sheffield, DS Adam Tyler is working on the Cold Case Review Unit, and when a body is found bricked up in a wall, and the house had later been set on fire…. And so the investigation begins.

The victim is George Cartwright who had gone missing years before.

Adam has a one night stand with a young man, Oscar, but he turns out to be the son of the dead man…..is this a coincidence?

There’s also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with
...more
Lynsey
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
What is it with impressive debuts at the moment? Russ Thomas has written a stonker of a book that is filled with so many twists and turns that is undeniable tense as we came to the conclusion of the story!
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The main character of DS Tyler is complex, what with being gay, a father who was a supposedly bent copper, trouble fitting in with his colleagues but is strong, determined, tends to disobey orders and doesn’t mix well with others. There are a lot of hints throughout the story about his past
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Jacqueline  sharp
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut novel. A little slow to begin with but the the tension builds up, with twists and turns which make you second guess what is coming next, and with an ending you won’t see coming. A great start to what I hope will be a good series to follow.

DS Adam Tyler is 29 years old, and due to a previous incident he is in the doghouse, working on cold cases for Yorkshire police. He gets called to join the investigating team that have been called to The Old Vicarage a property in a quiet
...more
Karen Parisot
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A body is found bricked up behind a basement wall when workers begin renovations to the Old Vicarage in Castledene. It turns out to be Gerald Cartwright, a bon vivant, who had been missing for six years. His son Oscar was practically raised by a pair of doting neighbor ladies, Edna and Lily. They’ve been receiving threatening letters - “I know what you did” and “If you don’t tell, I will.” The case falls under the purview of the Sheffield Police. DS Adam Tyler, 29, is a handsome and capable ...more
Feed The Crime
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I loved this introduction to DS Adam Tyler, I’m very excited that this is just the beginning of a series, spoiler alert I will definitely be picking up the next one! The author has done really well writing a group of characters who are not perfect with some being morally grey. The wit and humour between DS Tyler and the others I enjoyed and made me feel connected with the team (yes I’m part of the team now).

The one thing that let this book down for me is that I think it was a little bit longer
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Anne
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and author for this ARC.

I felt the book started off slowly, and I found the more I read the more I was drawn into the story and the characters in it. I really liked the main character, DS Tyler and his working relationships with his colleagues. There were quite a few twists in the story, some I’d guessed, and some were very unexpected. The book towards the end moved from past to present to tie up all loose ends. I found this a thrilling read and really
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Rebecca Minnock
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding debut from Thomas.

DS Adam Taylor works cold cases for the Yorkshire police. He is on a case that suddenly becomes current again - and dangerous. The prime suspect? A man Taylor spent the night with.

The main witness? An old lady with dementia who struggles to remember anything about what happened all those years ago.

Firewatching had me holding my breath as Taylor got closer to the truth. The plot is fantastic and the characters are so well written. I can't wait to see what
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