Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Hidden Bones by Nicola Ford.
The Hidden Bones was published on the 21st June 2018 by Allison & Busby.
Following the recent death of her husband, Clare Hills is listless and unsure of her place in the world.
When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the effects of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she sees this as a useful distraction from her grief. During her search, Clare stumbles across the unpublished journals detailing Gerald’s most glittering dig.
Hidden from view for decades and supposedly destroyed in an arson attack, she cannot believe her luck. Finding the Hungerbourne Barrows archive is every archaeologist’s dream. Determined to document Gerald’s career-defining find for the public, Clare and David delve into his meticulously kept records of the excavation.
But the dream suddenly becomes a nightmare as the pair unearth a disturbing discovery, putting them at the centre of a murder inquiry and in the path of a dangerous killer determined to bury the truth for ever…
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A big thank you to Ailsa and the publishers for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
The Hidden Bones is an enjoyable mystery that is written by an archaeologist so that facts and descriptions are absolutely perfect.
We follow Clare Hills, who having recently lost her husband, is a little bit lost and unsure of what to do with her life. Having previously been involved in archaeology, Clare is excited when she is asked to help by David, with dealing with the belongings of a renowned archaeologist who has recently died and seemed to disappear from the archaeology world after making a famous discovery that he tried to forget during the famous Hungerbourne dig that he was leading. When they realise that not all the treasure been accounted for and that some of it has been missing ever since the site was closed, they begin to suspect that something sinister has happened.
I really liked Clare and Jo, the American specialist brought in to help and hope that we see more of them in the future! I really enjoyed learning about the archaeology world, not something I know too much about but the author has written it so that it keeps you interested especially with the added mystery to it that keeps you turning the pages.
It was lovely to read about Clare as she slowly starts to come back out of her shell and leads the investigation into what really happened all those years ago and I look forward to hopefully reading more!
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About the author
Nicola Ford is the pen-name for archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.
Through her day-job and now her writing, she’s spent more time than most people thinking about the dead.