Last year Nicola Ford, the pen name for Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, published her debut crime thriller, ‘The Hidden Bones’.  On Saturday 18 May she is celebrating the much anticipated publication of the sequel, ‘The Lost Shrine’.

Over the last 3 decades Nick has worked as an archaeologist across Britain and Europe, the last 15 being for the National Trust.  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, Nicola has spent more time than most thinking about the dead.  And her skills are now brought together in this gripping tale of archaeology and murder.

Working as an archaeologist by day and a writer by night, Nicola explains, ‘In my writing I bring 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’.

At this event, in the National Trust shop in Avebury, Nicola will read excerpts from ‘The Lost Shrine’, talk about the real-life archaeology that inspired her  writing, and hold a question and answer session.  Afterwards she’ll be signing copies of her book.

‘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 very end.  See below for a synopsis.

This is a free event and open to everyone.  More information can be found


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