The Hidden Bones

Author of The Hidden Bones

"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.

Set in the Wiltshire countryside, not too far distant from our very own area of Avebury, The Hidden Bones brings together archaeology and murder.  See below for a synopsis.

On Saturday 30 June at 2pm, Nicola will be at Avebury, reading from her book at Cobblestones second-hand book shop on the High Street.  Afterwards she'll be signing books at the National Trust shop in the Old Farmyard.  Please do come along.

Find out more about Nicola Ford here.

The Hidden Bones by Nicola Ford
The cover of The Hidden Bones
The Hidden Bones by Nicola Ford

The story ...

Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is listless and unsure of her place in the world. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction from her grief. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald’s most glittering dig. Hidden from view for decades and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist's dream. Determined to document Gerald’s career-defining find for the public, Clare and David delve into his meticulously kept records of the excavation.

But the dream suddenly becomes a nightmare as the pair unearth a disturbing discovery, putting them at the centre of a murder inquiry and in the path of a dangerous killer determined to bury the truth forever.