In this latest tale Barnes takes a break from being a
glacier guide at Franz Josef and takes a job with the Department of
Conservation in Paparoa National Park for a few months.
The story opens with the first murder…..a runner pauses
above the surge pool at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Suddenly, a harsh laugh and clawing fingers around his neck. A scuffle on the cliff edge follows. The
runner loses his grip and falls. A new DOC manager arrives, announcing new plans for the park and upsetting the small community. More violent deaths follow and Phillipa Barnes, once again, slips into the role of amateur detective. One by one, the dark secrets of the locals are revealed. Not usually a fan of this genre, I surprised myself by reading it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down! I loved the way the underground caves and the wild West Coast location played such a crucial part in the tale. Title: Cold Hard Murder Author: Trish McCormack Recommended by Claire S. Information Services, Central Library. Claire likes reading biographies, New Zealand, art & other interesting bits and pieces.