Nicola Ford is the crime writing alter ego 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 many years digging up bits of Gloucestershire. Over the last three decades she has dug on sites across Britain and Europe, from Yorkshire to the Czech Republic and co-directed a number of major research projects – one of which received the Archaeological Research Project of the Year Award. Today she lives with her partner deep in the ancient heart of Wiltshire, following her twin passions of archaeology and crime writing.

Her first two novels in the ‘Hills and Barbrook’ series The Hidden Bones and The Lost Shrine are published by Allison and Busby.

 You can find out more about her at or follow Nicola on Twitter @nic_ford 

THE LOST SHRINEAllison & Busby, 2019
THE HIDDEN BONESAllison & Busby, 2018