Nicola Ford is the pen name of Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. Nicola was born amid the hop gardens and apple orchards of Kent but spent much of her youth digging up bits of Gloucestershire. Over the last three decades she has excavated on sites across Britain and Europe, from Yorkshire to the Czech Republic. Her 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.

Agatha and me.

Agatha Christie

In early December 1926 the mistress of crime Agatha Christie became the subject of a real life mystery that could have graced the pages of one of her own books when she went missing for ten days. Following a nationwide hunt Agatha was eventually discovered, ostensibly suffering from amnesia, in the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in …

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Hot, Hot, Hot: Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival 2016

Whether you are a crime writer or a crime fiction fan Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival is the place to be at the end of July each year. For a few days Harrogate, a normally civilised, understated spa town in North Yorkshire, becomes the beating heart of all things criminal. Of course Harrogate was famous for …

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Place, past and pasties.

Liz signing my book

It was hotter than Dubai and I was surrounded by Cornish pasties, good wine and excellent company. So where exactly did I find myself last Thursday evening? It could only be the Waterstones London book launch of Liz Fenwick’s debut novel The Cornish House. The assembled company had travelled from the four corners of the …

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