Nighthawking (DS Adam Tyler Book 2) by Russ Thomas – Blog Tour

Thanks to Ann Cater of Random Things Tours for organising this blog tour and to Russ Thomas and Simon and Schuster UK  for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.


After the gut-punch ending of Firewatching, DS Adam Tyler returns to another shocking cold case…
A body has been discovered in Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens.

A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body has been there for months, and would have gone undiscovered for years – but someone has dug it up.
Who is the victim? Who killed her and buried the body, resting two ancient Roman coins over her eyes? And who dug her up?

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…

My Thoughts

I adored reading Firewatching last year so jumped at the chance to join the tour for Nighthawking, the second book in the DS Tyler series.

I was so excited to delve back into the life of DS Adam Tyler as there were several personal cliff hangers in Book 1 – Firewatching.  I am not disappointed.  Nighthawking could work as a stand alone as there are some little recaps planted in the narrative however to really get a feel for the main characters and their lives, I would highly recommend reading them in order.

DS Adam Tyler is back although there are a few things niggling at him and keeping him preoccupied from where he’s supposed to be.  He’s still searching for answers surrounding his father’s death as well as looking into a cold case that he just can’t let go.  I can’t help but like Tyler.  He can be a bit of an arse at times however he genuinely cares about people.  He is also excellent at making links.  The interaction with Cameron (a homeless young man) really showed his more gentle side too.

The main plot of this novel is the body discovered in Sheffield botanical gardens and the involvement of Nighthawkers (people who hunt for treasure illegally).  I enjoyed learning about Nighthawking.  It’s such a unique thing to build a novel around and it was fascinating and fresh.  At first, DS Tyler isn’t interested in the case and leaves his frustrated and inexperienced colleague Rabbani to work with Daley (who is also distracted). But when an incident reignites his interest, it soon becomes clear there is a lot more than just a simple murder to solve.

The plot is clever and intricate and the narration spans across several characters, including the murderer.  I enjoyed how I gained different perspectives into both the case, and the character’s personal lives through multiple narrators and gained a deeper insight into each one – allowing me to develop empathy and more understanding behind motives and actions.  I enjoy a plot that allows me time to process information and work through my own suspicions as well as giving me an insight into police work that feels genuine.              

As a Yorkshire girl, I am also over the moon to see the city represented in novels and enjoyed the LGBQT representation as it’s not common in the thriller genre.

Nighthawking exceeded my expectations and is an in depth, multi-layered police thriller that I highly recommend.

Author Bio – Russ Thomas

Russ Thomas was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now lives in Sheffield. 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 highly-acclaimed debut novel, Firewatching, is the first in the DS Adam Tyler series and published in February 2020. Nighthawking, the second book in the series, will publish in February 2021.

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