I write crime fiction by night and work as an archivist by day. I grew up at Franz Josef Glacier and worked in various national parks before spending 10 years as a journalist on a small-town newspaper. I set my mysteries in some of New Zealand's most beautiful places. My glacier guide sleuth Philippa Barnes lives the dream, retreating to the icy spaces of the glacier when she needs time alone.
It was a monstrous fantasy - but then it all came true. As Philippa Barnes, a young Franz Josef glacier guide, is reeling from her parents' death in a climbing accident, journalist Kirsten Browne is murdered near a mountain lake. Philippa and Kirsten's brother Jack try and find out what she was investigating, while a diarist tries to make sense of a betrayal that has poisoned many lives. Philippa's search will take her from the secretive people of the lake to the home of high court judge, Loraine Latimer, a woman with an uneasy relationship with her family. Philippa discovers that Kirsten's murder is linked to a decades-old mystery, but not in time to prevent another tragedy.