Trish McCormack


Trish McCormack is an archivist by day and a crime writer by night. Now living in Wellington she has lived and worked in New Zealand national parks where she sets her crime novels featuring her glacier guide sleuth Philippa Barnes. After a ten year stint as a small-town journalist Trish changed from fact to fiction and is loving it. In her novels she combines her two great interests - crime fiction and New Zealand's rugged West Coast.

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Philippa Barnes Mysteries Books 1 - 3
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 249,930. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
This boxed set contains all three Philippa Barnes mysteries, set in New Zealand national parks. Glacier guide turned amateur sleuth Philippa investigates murders in the depths of a mountain lake, the frozen heights of a glacier and a labyrinthine cave underworld. Scarred by her own tragedy, Philippa explores the lives of complex individuals, many of whom have secrets.
Cold Hard Murder (Philippa Barnes mysteries 3)
Series: Philippa Barnes glacier mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,070. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A controversial tourism development in New Zealand's Paparoa National Park forms the backdrop to a seemingly random series of murders. The police struggle to make connections but the trail is as twisted a as some of the parks’s most labyrinthine caves. Sleuth Philippa Barnes is caught in a struggle deep underground as she tries to outwit a determined killer.
Glacier Murder
Series: Philippa Barnes glacier mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,310. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Glacier guide sleuth Philippa Barnes investigates a murder in New Zealand's Westland National Park. Vivien Revell didn’t intend to die. She should have got away but years later Philippa discovers her mangled body in a crevasse on the Franz Josef Glacier. A brutal murder follows, more people are threatened, and it becomes clear that someone is determined to keep Vivien's story hidden.
Assigned to Murder
Series: Philippa Barnes glacier mysteries, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,070. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Journalist Kirsten Browne tells her friend, glacier guide Philippa Barnes, that she is investigating something terrible. Before she can say more she is bludgeoned to death beside a West Coast lake. Philippa, determined to find out why, discovers that the people of the lake are hiding many secrets. She finds links to a decades-old mystery, but not in time to prevent another tragedy.

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  • Murder in the Second Row on Feb. 22, 2013

    This novel introduces an engaging caste of characters - both on and off stage. The story moves fast and leaves a satisfying chill at the end. The author clearly knows the theatre world well and brings it to life adding an extra dimension to this enjoyable crime novel. I also loved the link to Agatha Christie and am now re-reading Appointment with Death as a result.
  • Body on the Stage on Feb. 22, 2013

    Great to be back in Jessica's theatre world with another page-turning mystery and some good twists. I loved the character of Dennis and enjoyed watching him change his life around. Another Jessica mystery soon Bev??
  • Vengeance Is Mine (An Emily O'Brien novel #1) on March 19, 2013
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    a good page-turning story with an engaging heroine. I am glad I didn't notice the Christian tab as this would have put me off reading a good book! Emily is flawed and self-deprecating and as such someone the reader cares about.
  • Pearces' Ocean on Oct. 04, 2013

    Not my normal genre but I loved this book - especially the parts of it set in Cornwall. Interesting characters and great adventures