Archaeologist launches second crime novel

ARCHAEOLOGIST Dr Nick Snashall, who writes as Nicola Ford, has published her second crime novel, The Lost Shrine.

Dr Snashall,, who is the National Trust archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, published her debut thriller, The Hidden Bones, last year.

Over the past three decades she has worked as an archaeologist across Britain and Europe, and for the last 15 has been based at Avebury and Stonehenge. She knows the landscapes and townscapes of Wiltshire and the Cotswolds intimately and has used both as the backdrop for her writing.

Through her day job and now her writing, she has spent more time than most thinking about the dead, and her skills are brought together in her gripping new story of archaeology and murder.

The Lost Shrine once again features Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleuth, who is struggling to finance her recently established university research institute along with her long-time friend, Dr David Barbrook. When Professor Margaret Bockford offers 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. Can Clare uncover the truth before it is hidden for ever?

Pictured: The Lost Shrine © Allison and Busby