The Lost Shrine

Author of The Lost Shrine

"My writing brings together the worlds of archaeology and crime, unravelling the tangled threads left behind by murder to reveal the stories of those who can no longer speak for themselves" Nicola Ford

Writing under her pen name, Nicola Ford, Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, spends more time than most thinking about the dead, and has called on her archaeological background to create the setting for the perfect crime novel.

The Lost Shrine follows on from the success of Nicola's debut book, The Hidden Bones, and once again follows the story of Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometimes sleuth, bringing together archaeology and murder in a gripping mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the end.  See below for a synopsis.

On Saturday 18 May there will be a launch event at the National Trust shop at Avebury - from 12:00 – 2pm and from  3pm – 5pm, where Nicola will be reading snippets from The Lost Shrine, answering questions and signing books. Please do come along (there's no need to book).

Find out more about Nicola Ford here.

The Lost Shrine
The Lost Shrine
The Lost Shrine

The story ...

Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleuth, is struggling to finance her recently established university research institute along with her long-time friend, Dr David Barbrook. When Professor Margaret Bockford finds the Hart Unit commercial work with a housing developer on a site in the Cotswolds, the pair are hardly in a position to refuse. There is just one slight catch: the previous site director, Beth Kinsella, was found hanged in a copse on-site, surrounded by mutilated wildlife.

Despite initial misgivings, Clare leads a team to continue work on the dig, but with rumours about Beth’s mental state and her claims that the site was historically significant refusing to be laid to rest, and lingering disquiet between local residents and the developers, progress is impeded at every turn. When one of the workers finds something unsettling, Clare suspects there may be more to Beth’s claims than first thought. But can she uncover the truth before it is hidden for ever?