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Firewatching

(Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  95 reviews
When financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared from his home six years ago, it was assumed he'd gone on the run from his creditors. But then a skeleton is found bricked up in the cellar of Cartwright's burned-out mansion, and it becomes clear Gerald never left alive.

As the sole representative of South Yorkshire's Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is not
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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. Hes scarred in more ways than one, doesnt 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 theres DI Jim Doggett, what a ...more
Toni
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Firewatching is the first novel in a new exciting series featuring Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler. It was clear from the very beginning that the book is well-written and has a great cast of interesting and well-developed characters.

Adam Tyler works in the CCRU (Cold Case Review Unit) and isn't particularly liked by his colleagues, because he actually gets results. Some of these cases benefit from the new technologies available to the police nowadays, but mostly, in Adam's opinion, it is about a
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Louise Wilson
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A body has been found bricked up behind a wall in an Old Vicarage. Gerald Cartwright had been missing for six years. DS Adam Tyler works on cold ases. He was called in to help investigate the case at the Vicarage. Gerald son Oscar had hires builders to restore the damage in the basement as it had destroyed by fire. Gerald had been buried alive.

The pace is slow to begin with but it soon picks up. It's a tense read with lots of twists. DS Adam Tyler is a likable character. He has a bit of a
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Louise Wilson
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A body has been found bricked up behind a wall in an Old Vicarage. Gerald Cartwright had been missing for six years. DS Adam Tyler works on cold cases. He was called in to help investigate the case at the Vicarage. Gerald son Oscar had hired builders to restore the damage in the basement as it had been destroyed by fire. Gerald had been buried alive.

The pace is slow to begin with but it soon picks up. It's a tense read with lots of twists. DS Adam Tyler is a likeable character. He has a bit of a
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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
S. Naomi Scott
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers in return for an unbiased review. My thanks to Simon & Schuster UK and NetGalley for giving me this opportunity.

A body is found bricked up in the cellar of a derelict house and the evidence seems to link the macabre find to a missing persons case from years before. For DS Adam Tyler this initially appears to be a chance to claw back some respect from his colleagues in the South Yorkshire Police and rebuild his
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gwendalyn _books_
This was really great read. I really enjoyed reading it
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 its 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. Hes 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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Lesa
I've been a fan of Ann Cleeves' series for years. Now, Russ Thomas' debut, Firewatching, introduces a police procedural with characters that are as tortured as hers, and complex plots that remind me of Cleeves' books. I'm already a fan of Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler.

Tyler often wondered if the one-man South Yorkshire Cold Case Review Unit was actually expected to solve cases, or if it was just a PR stunt. However, he had solved a few of those cases, so he pushed his way into one that could be
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Melanie’s reads
There is only one word that springs to mind with this book and thats meaty. Like a nice juicy burger theres a lot to get your chops round.

From the character DS Adam Tyler we follow him as hes brought on into the investigation. Hes flawed and although thats common with this genre what isnt is the fact hes gay and this really shone a light on the homophobia that is rife in the police force often disguised as banter. Hes not well liked by fellow colleagues but his success rate speaks for itself.
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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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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
Julia
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
I absolutely loved the premise of this book. Generally this novel takes the well-loved tropes of detective fiction but uses them in a refreshing set up with a cast of diverse and queer characters which is a nice change. Murder and gay drama? Sign me up.
The execution isnt flawless. Im not sure if it was just a choice or a consequence of some wordcount constraints imposed by the publisher, but the book should have been longer. Some scenes were a bit disjointed, without really bringing anything
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Andy Angel
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DS Adam Tyler is the sole member of the Cold Case team in Sheffield and only there because it keeps him out of the way after 'an incident' that could have ended his career. When a body is found bricked up behind a wall in a mid-renovation house it is soon found to be that of dodgy businessman Gerald Cartwright. The prime suspect is his son Oscar which leads to a massive problem - unknowingly Oscar is the man Adam Tyler had slept with the night before! Does Tyler say something or keep it quiet?

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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?

Theres also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with cancer
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The Coycaterpillar Reads
Firewatching is Russ Thomas debut. That in itself is crazy. The authors workhis 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 to ...more
Mary Picken
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do like a debut crime novel. Theres something about meeting a protagonist for the first time, getting to know their foibles and working out their strengths and weak points. DS Adam Tyler works the South Yorkshire Cold Case Unit solo. Hes lucky to have a job at all after an incident which left his face scarred and his reputation tarnished. Its only thanks to the patronage of DCI Diane Jordan that he still has a job at all. Adam is a loner, looked on mainly with suspicion by his colleagues. The ...more
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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Kathy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firewatching  by Russ Thomas is a mesmerizing mystery with a clever storyline and brilliantly developed characters.

Openly gay, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is a bit of a loner who works cold cases.  At his boss's urging, he is attempting to be more be more friendly, so he reluctantly accepts his friend Sally-Ann's invitation to join her and her mates at a local pub.  He is definitely out of his element so Sally-Ann encourages him to get to know the young man at the bar who is clearly
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Becki (millerreads)
Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler prefers to keep to himself, so being the only member of the South Yorkshire Cold Case Review Unit suits him just fine. However, after some disciplinary incidents, Tyler needs to get his career back on track. When a body is discovered hidden in the former home of a financier that went missing 6 years earlier, solving this murder may just be the ticket to working his way back into the good graces of his colleagues and superiors. However, what Tyler doesnt realize is, ...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?

Theres also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with cancer
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Marissa Harrison
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I loved this debut police procedural, and had just the smallest critique. The Firewatcher is a slow burn, but in a good way. After the body of the wealthy Gerald Cartwright is discovered behind a wall in the cellar of his mansion six years after his disappearance, DS Adam Tyler requests to work on the cold case. But soon he discovers the prime murder suspect is Oliver Cartwright, the handsome young man hes slept with the night before. And this is one of the elements I loved about this book - the ...more
Gloria
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This debut is fine contemporary British crime fiction featuring many red herrings and lots of family secrets. Adam Tyler is a gay detective, son of a policeman who took his own life after being involved in a scandal. Adam does not mix all that well with his fellow cops and has a decidedly different investigative style than his superior who seems to make quick judgments and the ambitious young Muslim constable Amina Rabbani. All must work together to solve a confounding number of seemingly ...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, Im 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 Im 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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Suzanne Kerridge
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as the characters were interesting and the story kept me guessing. As a Tyke (Yorkshire lass) living in New Jersey I enjoyed the tour of Sheffield city center and surrounding countryside.

The characters felt real - flawed but like able and I enjoyed how their relationships developed.

The author left it open for the next book which I look forward to reading!
C.M. Crockford
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimes, novels, genre, lgbtqia
Reading an ARC for review in Shelf Awareness.
RG
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good debut. A bit slow at times but still the twist pays off. One of the characters actions annoyed me. And at times felt a little unrealistic. Otherwise very well written
Tracy
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little bit if a slow start, but I got into the characters and story and did Not see that coming ;)
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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