The Buried Circle

By Jenni Mills

An intriguing literary thriller, ‘The Buried Circle’ is a gripping blend of fact and fiction that is impossible to put down.

The village of Avebury is one of the most mysterious places in the English countryside. Surrounded by ancient standing stones, crop circles and burial mounds, this is a place where all is not as it seems.

Weaving fact with fiction, Jenni Mills’s second novel is set in a haunted landscape where the past breaks through into the present. In 1938, the archaeologist Alexander Keiller – a millionaire playboy with a passion for witchcraft and ritual magic – plans to reconstruct Avebury’s five-thousand-year-old stone circle. Frannie Robinson and her boyfriend Davey are among those who fall under his dangerous spell, and are nearly destroyed. Seventy years later, Frannie’s granddaughter India sets out on her own quest to discover the truth. But digging up the past unearths the unexpected, and may prove lethal…

Format: ebook
Release Date: 25 Jun 2009
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-733569-5
Jenni Mills has worked in broadcasting as a presenter and producer with BBC Radio Four, and in television as a director for both ITV and BBC, making award-winning programmes about human relationships, as well as several series on landscape archaeology and history. She lives in the West of England.

Praise for ‘Crow Stone’: -

”'An addictive, high-quality psychological thriller.” - Kate Mosse, author of 'Labyrinth’

'An amazingly accomplished first novel - intricately plotted and with a terrific, engaging protagonist. Anyone who has so much as a hint of claustrophobia or fear of pot holes should read it only in daylight with the windows open.' Jenni Murray, author and broadcaster -

'Ingenious, well-plotted and…really holds the attention. It's a damn good read.' Susan Hill -

'[A] taut archaeological thriller…Mills gradually leaches out Kit's unstable history which, combined with the fissured roof, conflicting loyalties and predatory men, keeps the adrenaline flowing high.' Financial Times -

'The geological and archaeological background lends colour without overwhelming an elaborate, convincing plot, and the characters are really believable. This is a remarkably accomplished and well-written first novel.' Literary Review -

'A compelling thriller…When Kit finds evidence of what could be an amazing archaeological discovery, the secrets of her past become caught up with the race to uncover the mystery hidden in the mines - which results in a chilling climax…Ingenious.' Editor's Choice, Closer magazine -

'Nail-biting suspense.' Woman & Home -

'Jenni Mills weaves together the threads of past and present mysteries masterfully in this superb, complex story. Be sure to switch off the phone and bolt the door because this is a genuine page-turner which will keep you gripped to the end.' Waterstones Books Quarterly -