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.

Clare’s Lime Poppy Seed Cake

Yesterday I decided to make poppy seed cake. The cake is a favourite of Clare Hills the protagonist of The Hidden Bones. Clare normally eats her cake in a tea shop as her talents don’t extend to the kitchen. The recipe has American measures in brackets to encourage her friend and colleague Californian human bone …

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The Devil’s Feather

The Devil’s Feather by Minette Walters Like virtually every other right-minded lover of crime fiction I’m a fan of Minette Walters, but until recently The Devil’s Feather had escaped my attention. In the Devil’s Feather Walters goes global in a tale that transports us from war ravaged Sierra Leone via post-Saddam Iraq to deepest Dorset. …

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One Good Turn

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson One Good Turn is Whitbread prize winning author Kate Atkinson’s second venture into crime fiction. This time thanks to his thespian girlfriend Julia’s involvement in a decidedly mediocre production, police inspector turned private detective, Jackson Brodie finds himself in Edinburgh during the Festival. There he witnesses cosy mystery writer …

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