'A cracking debut' - Mari Hannah

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The dead rarely leave matters tidy, widow Clare Hills knows that all too well.

In search of a new start, Clare reconnects with university friend Dr David Barbrook and is pleased when he asks for her help sifting through the effects of recently deceased eminent archaeologist Gerald Hart.

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Together they stumble across the lost finds from Gerald’s most glittering dig. The finds have been hidden away for decades, supposedly destroyed in an arson attack.

The discovery of the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist’s dream.

Determined to document Gerald’s career-defining dig for the public, Clare and David inspect the meticulously kept records of the excavation. They unearth unpleasant truths that would have been better left buried.

Turning the dream into a nightmare and putting Clare at the centre of a murder inquiry.

THE HIDDEN BONES is a cracking debut.

Ford's experience as an archaeologist shines through on every page. First class."

– Mari Hannah CWA Dagger in the Library winner