Friday, 2 April 2021

#BlogTour Nighthawking by Russ Thomas

 It's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Nighthawking by Russ Thomas.

About the Author

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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About the book

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…


One thing hasn't changed from the first book in the series, Adam Tyler still tends to think the universe and the general population are fixated on his problems or in this case obsession. The crimes in this book are all brought together, on a tenuous thread I might add, by the obsession he has with the death of his father - the alleged suicide.

His insistence on going through every detail to prove his suspicions correct doesn't often allow for deviations from the route, however the discovery of a body leads him into the odd world of nighttime searches and often theft of archaeological artifacts - nighthawking.

I didn't even know Nighthawking was a thing, but it seems like the perfect term for such an exciting and equally creepy activity. A bit like medieval treasure hunters who have the added bonus of modern equipment.

Following on from the success of Firewatching, this is the second book in the DS Adam Tyler series. Another riveting read by this author, who is a talented storyteller. I actually bought the audiobook after reading this just to listen to the atmospheric retelling of the story. The nighthawking scenes are an especially good listen.

Although this book has a lot more meandering than the first, I can't wait to see where Thomas takes this series next and indeed for any other any other stories he decides to tell. 

Buy Nighthawking at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Simon and Schuster Uk; pub date 29th April 2021 | Hardback | £14.99. Buy at Amazon com.

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