fiction - the woe waters crime mystery

The Woe Waters is the opening book in a series of archaeological mysteries featuring Clare Hills and David Barbrook.

Alone and seeking new direction after her husband’s death in a car accident Clare Hills quits London for the reassuring familiarity of the Wiltshire countryside. There she rekindles her friendship with David Barbrook, now an archaeology lecturer at their old university.

When Clare embarks on a quest to track down missing Bronze Age gold she makes a grisly discovery that puts her at the centre of a murder inquiry. To the police it’s an open and shut case – the only suspect dead. But David's excavation of the Hungerbourne Barrows dig site provokes a chilling threat that suggests the murder is linked to the local legend of the ‘Woe Waters'.

And after Clare becomes the victim of an accident that leaves her clinging just inches from death she is determined to unmask the killer. Her investigations unearth a long-buried trail, of greed, obsession and murder. For in Hungerbourne it seems the past is never really past…

I'm currently working on the second novel in the series: The Sacrifice.

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non-fiction publicationsarchaeological articles

My PhD thesis:

Snashall, N. 2002. The Idea of Residence in the Neolithic Cotswolds. Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield
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My non-fiction writing, published as Nicola Snashall:

Allen, M & Snashall, N. 2009. New Features at Avebury From Hand Coring: Geoarchaeology in Action. In PAST Newsletter, Prehistoric Society 63, 12-13.

Snashall, N. 2008. Worked Flint from the Longstones Cove and Beckhampton Avenue. In Gillings, M., Pollard, J., Wheatley, D. & Peterson, R. Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury monuments, 1997-2003. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Snashall, N. 2008. Worked Flint from Avenue Contexts. In Gillings, M., Pollard, J., Wheatley, D. & Peterson, R. Landscape of the Megaliths: excavation and fieldwork on the Avebury monuments, 1997-2003. Oxford: Oxbow Books

Snashall, N. 2008. In the Shadow of the Monuments. In Simmonds, S (ed.) Avebury World Heritage Site. Values and Voices. Kennet District Council.

Snashall, N. 2007. An Earlier Neolithic Site at Hackpen, Overton Hill, Avebury. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, 100, 191-192.