Firewatching by Russ Thomas


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 . . .

My Review

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 identity of the body can’t be confirmed until the postpartum, the police are relatively sure it is the body of the houses owner, Gerald Cartwright, who has been missing for years, but before the case can even take off, Adam finds himself faced with something that compromises his place on the case. 

What happens next, no-one, especially Adam saw coming!

Fast paced with a unique protagonist, spine tingling scenes, some great characters and clever plot lines, this is a multi faceted story that grabs your attention from the very first page and keeps you fully engaged right up until the very last page. I cant wait to see what Russ Thomas has in store for us next.

This is the start of a new series that is sure to be an instant hit with fans of Steve Cavanagh, Sharon Bolton and Stuart MacBride.

Firewatching will be published on 20 Feb 2020 and is available for pre-order now from your local bookshop or click on the link below. 


For a chance to win your very own copy of this fabulous book all you have to do is Click on this link to retweet and follow on Twitter and a winner will be chosen at random on the 29 Jan 20. UK only – sorry (blame the cost of postage!).

About the author

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 from 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 him too long to realise that he’d be better off sticking to the writing 

After a few ‘proper’ jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist and storage salesman) he discovered the joys of bookselling, where he could talk to people about books all day. 

His debut novel Firewatching is the first book in the DS Adam Tyler series. 

A massive thank you to the author Russ Thomas, publishers Simon & Schuster UK, NetGalley and Anne Cater for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review as well as my place on the blog tour.

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