Clare Hills thinks she’s discovered every archaeologists dream. But the dream suddenly becomes a nightmare as she unearths a disturbing discovery, putting her at the centre of a murder inquiry and in the path of a dangerous killer determined to bury the truth forever.
Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleuth, is struggling to finance her recently established university research institute. The Hart Unit takes on commercial work with a housing developer on a site in the Cotswolds. There is just one slight catch: the previous site director, Beth Kinsella, was found hanged in a copse on-site, surrounded by mutilated wildlife.