Nighthawking by Russ Thomas #bookreview #blogtour @thevoiceofruss @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Nighthawking by Russ Thomas on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.


Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens – an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.
Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?
In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable… and willing to kill to keep what they find.
That which was lost… will always be found again


I was a huge fan of Russ Thomas’s debut, Firewatching, which made my top ten books of 2020, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. Nighthawking is a brilliant follow up, and Russ Thomas has created a complex mystery which kept me hooked, and it had a really intriguing premise.

I really liked DS Adam Tyler when Russ Thomas first introduced him in the first book. This time around, he is slipping away from the police investigation that is taking place. Tyler is also struggling with his relationship with Paul, as well. His actions did make me feel sorry for his colleague, DC Amina Rabbini. She is constantly trying to locate him and is always having to cover up for him as well. They both work for the cold case unit, which is under threat as it is, of being disbanded, due to budget cuts.

DS Tyler and DC Rabbini soon find themselves thrown into an investigation when a young woman’s body is found in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. It appears that the body has been there for months. The case is soon matched up with the disappearance of a Chinese woman eight months earlier. But it appears that not much was done to trace her, and the case was quickly wrapped up.  

In this book, Russ Thomas delves into the world of nighthawkers, which gives the book a very sinister feeling. Nighthawkers are treasure hunters, and it’s the nickname given to people who don’t have a licence to hunt for treasure, particularly at sites with a historical value. This part of the plot gave the book a very sinister feeling. It made me wonder if it had a wider connection to the discovery of the young girl’s body.

The plot was cleverly constructed, and I liked the different elements that Russ Thomas brought to it. I thought this, particularly when we begin to learn more about what was going on in the life of the murdered girl.  

The tension gathers pace as the truth begins to unfold, and it was a jaw dropping moment when Russ Thomas revealed his secrets. And then Russ Thomas leaves us with a cliff hanger. The ending has left me wanting to get my hands on the next book as soon as possible. I know this is a series that I’ll be sticking with.

Nighthawking is another excellent book by Russ Thomas, and I can’t wait to see how things progress from here.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication date: 29th April 2021

Print length: 445 pages

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Firewatching by Russ Thomas #bookreview blog tour @thevoiceofruss @simonschusterUK @annecater

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the brilliant debut by Russ Thomas, Firewatching. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.


A body is found bricked into the walls of a house. From the state of the hands, it’s clear they were buried alive and had tried to claw their way out before they died. Soon, the victim is linked to a missing person’s case and DS Adam Tyler is called.
As the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Tyler recognises his role for what it is – a means of keeping him out of the way following an ‘incident’. When this case falls in his lap, he grabs the opportunity to fix his stagnating career.
When he discovers he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him, he makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors. With such a brutal and sadistic murder to unpick, Tyler must move carefully to find out the truth, without destroying the case or himself.

Meanwhile, someone in the city knows exactly what happened to the body. Someone who is watching Adam closely. Someone with an unhealthy affinity with fire . . .


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 man, Gerald Cartwright, who went missing years ago, has been discovered, bricked up in a wall. The discovery takes place during renovations on a building called ‘The Old Vicarage,’ which his family are overseeing. The case brings back haunting memories for those involved. Adam and his team must unpick the layers within Gerald’s family to find out what happened to the man and who was responsible for his death. But Tyler is walking on eggshells. He has already become involved with one of the members of the man’s family. This may jeopardise the entire investigation and his career.

What I really liked about this book was the characters, and I think they will make sure I keep returning to this series. Russ Thomas made them feel so real in his writing, and I really liked the sharp wit and sense of humour in their dialogue, particularly with Adam and his work partner.

But the discovery of Gerald Cartwright body isn’t all that Adam and his team have to deal with. Around Sheffield someone is starting fires, which is causing serious concern to the fire department, they soon become involved in Adam’s current investigation. I was intrigued by this part of the mystery, and I wanted to know if this was in some way connected to Gerald’s murder.

The plotting throughout the novel is tight. I became totally invested in the mystery and in the lives of the characters. Russ Thomas has done an excellent job in creating a twisty plot with plenty of red herrings thrown into the mix.

I also liked the historical elements of the novel. In the minds of one of Russ’s characters, we are taken back to London during World War Two. I found these flashback scenes quite chilling, but they also added an extra element to the story which I really enjoyed.

This is a brilliant debut with an excellent cast of characters who I’m sure will keep readers coming back for more. Highly recommended!

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Print length: 432 pages

Publication date: 20th February 2020

If you would like to purchase Firewatching, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below.

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