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(Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler #1)

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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 ex
Published 2020 by Putnam
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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. Hi ...more
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
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 f
Detective Sargeant Adam Tyler, a cold case investigator, is reluctantly partnered with newly promoted Amina Rabbani. Each takes occasional grief from their colleagues because of being gay and Muslim, respectively. A man who went missing years ago is found walked up in his empty house and the son of the victim turns out to have been Tyler’s one night stand. This police procedural involves both old and new murders, (view spoiler). I assume that this is the star ...more
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 backst
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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I found D.S. Tyler a bit hard to warm up to at first, but once I did there was no going back. He is withdrawn, a flawed and damaged loner, who just happens to be an extremely handsome, gay, police sergeant. The author has brought Tyler and his team to life vividly. The two elderly ladies were portrayed with empathy and understanding.

The evolving and complicated relationships amongst the team were a delight to
Thank you to Putnam for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Hello, reader friends! Today I'm bringing to your attention an excellent debut novel and a solid addition to the crime fiction genre.

I want to start out by saying that I haven't read much crime fiction, but I have always wanted to read a detective series from the beginning because there's nothing I love more than getting to know and becoming attached to a character over time. After having finished this book, I can
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
Donna Davis
Firewatching is the first in the Adam Tyler detective series, and also the first novel written by Russ Thomas. It’s been praised by Lee Child, and published by Putnam Penguin, an auspicious sign. Thanks go to the publisher and Net Galley for the review copy.

All of the right elements are here for a rip roaringly great tale, but the execution fell short. When I found myself drifting off while reading the digital review copy, I went to Seattle Bibliocommons and checked out the audio book. Sadly, I
S. Naomi Scott
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 stagn
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Sgt Adam Tyler looks for a new place to live. Although the real estate agent doesn't tell him, he knows the place is hard to sell because a woman was eviscerated in the bedroom. Doesn't bother Adam because he knows all about death and he's successful at his job. He works cold cases in South Yorkshire.

Talk about a cold case: Financier Gerald Cartwright disappeared six years ago. As abnormalities with funds surfaced, everyone assumed he was on the run. His son Oscar inherits at age 21 an
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Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was really great read. I really enjoyed reading it
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Firewatching – A scorching debut

Firewatching is the debut thriller of Russ Thomas and a gripping one at that. Thank God he escaped from doing a proper job and stuck with writing. Though I am sure there are many authors who will point out, writing is a proper job especially when you are published – eventually.

Firewatching besides being Russ Thomas’ debut thriller it is also the introduction to a new crime fighting detective, DS Adam Tyler. Based in Sheffield and with the South Yorkshire Police Fo
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
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 freque
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
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler #1)
Russ Thomas

4 Stars

Firewatching is a terrific debut novel from Russ Thomas. The writing is excellent, the plot is tight and well crafted, the characters are terrific, and the double mystery (two murders and an arson case that may or may not be related) kept me guessing until the end (as usual, I didn’t see the end coming). I’m waiting expectantly for Thomas’ next book!
Renita D'Silva
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and addictive
I'm always up for a new mystery series so I was looking forward to Firewatching.

This wasn't bad. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

DS Adam Tyler is working cold cases when a skeleton is found in the abandoned mansion of a presumed dead financier named Gerald Cartwright.

Unfortunately, the lead suspect in Cartwright's death is his only son, who Tyler had a one night stand with the night before.

Soon, Tyler realizes the case isn't as straightforward as he assume
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 it
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very pleasant surprise.
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
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
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 isn’t flawless. I’m 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
Dianne Zimmerman
I enjoyed the book but I had a very hard time with following the large number of characters. I had to go back many times to figure things out. I found it hard to read because of this.
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
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?

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… this a coincidence?

There’s also an elderly couple who live next door to the burned house, Lily and Edna. Edna is suffering with cance
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get into this book. It just didn't seem to grasp my attention and I kept losing track of what each characters role was in the story. I kept trying to follow the storyline, but just wasn't able to. Sorry!
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Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He grew up in the 80s reading anything he could get his hands on at the library, writing stories, watching large amounts of television, playing videogames, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. He spent five years trying to master playing the electronic organ and another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn't take h ...more

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