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Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery, Book 1) by [Donald, R.E.]
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When a well respected truck driver, the owner of a family trucking business, is found dead in his truck down a steep embankment along the Coquihalla highway that winds through the mountains in British Columbia, his distraught daughter wants to know how and why he died. Not long afterwards, while driving the same highway, her husband’s brakes are tampered with, almost creating another fatal accident on a treacherous incline, This compels Hunter Rayne, a fellow trucker and retired RCMP detective, to help her find answers.

As he uncovers signs of illegal cross border activity originating in a Seattle warehouse, Hunter recruits an old friend, an outlaw biker, to infiltrate what appears to be an international smuggling ring. But while Hunter follows up clues and waits for critical information from his old friend, the wily biker starts to play his own angles.

Finally, putting all the pieces together, there in the dark on the same uphill curve on the Coquihalla highway, Hunter risks it all to confront the murderer.

Slow Curve on the Coquihalla is the first in a traditional mystery series featuring "semi-" professional sleuth, Hunter Rayne. After serving over 20 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and becoming a skilled detective, Hunter resigned from the force and took to the road as a long haul trucker. His ex-wife is convinced he is running away from the personal tragedy that made him leave a job he loved. Hunter himself doesn’t know why, he only knows he has to keep following the white lines.


"Those were the best mysteries I've read in a long time!! As soon as I finished the first one I bought the second and felt empty when I finished it! The characters were awesome and so there that I somehow think they are in my life."

"I think that Hunter Rayne would make a great TV detective, driving around the country in his rig visiting different states and helping to solve crimes. He is that interesting of a character.”

“The Hero to me is the heart of the story ...”

“I hope to see the Hunter Rayne series become movies and audio books.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Proud Horse Publishing; 1 edition (Nov. 19 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L9B29I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Suzanne's father Randy dies in what is reported to be traffic accident she becomes suspicious. Randy was an experienced drive and followed safety rules to the letter. She asks Hunter Rayne a retired R.C.M.P officer, who is now a long distance driver to unofficially look into things.
This book had a cast of amazing characters. We have Hunter as straight laced as they come. Then we have have El the gravel voiced dispatcher, one of the only woman in the male dominated trucking world. She had to fight to get to where she is and she plans to stay there. Suzanne who is a wife and mother who inherited the trucking company. I picture her as a cross between Mary Richards and Carol Brady. Dan Sorenson,aka Sorry is a former biker and is now a husband and father. He is recruited to help Hunter in the investigation. And of course for comic relief there is Murphy the "Newfie". There are many suspects and the road takes many curves before we find out "who done it".

The book takes place in Canada's beautiful west coast. There are wonderful descriptions of the country that give me the urge to hop on the train and go out West. I enjoyed some of the Canadian humor eh?

It is the perfect day at the beach or rainy day at the cottage book. I appreciated the fact that there were no explicit sex scenes, no real violence and little if any profanity. It is a book I would feel comfortable recommending to anyone.

I received this book for free in exchange for posting this honest review.
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Few crime writers hang out on the trucking runs between Vancouver, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. R.E. Donald has made this personal territory, and she knows every inch of asphalt.
Her main character, the multi-faceted Hunter Rayne, retired from his RCMP duties, now “drives truck.” A tragedy involving his best friend affected that decision, and it’s almost too late to spend more time with his older teenaged girls. Whatever his best efforts to acclimate to the world of massive Peterbilts and Freightliners, he seems to miss the life of a Mountie.
So when a trucker friend and business owner is killed on a particularly murderous curve, and the family despairs at getting satisfaction from the authorities, Hunter takes on the task. His advantage is his police contacts. His disadvantage is his civilian status. By his side to help his investigation, officially or undercover, are unforgettable characters like El Watson, the dispatcher, the Falstaffian Murphy and “bad boy” Dan “Sorry” Sorenson. The very human reactions of the grieving relatives, including a daughter who must decide whether to sell the hard-won family concern, move to a ranch, and give her youngsters and husband a fresh start, add to the complexities.

The little-explored mystique of a trucker’s life in one of the most scenic parts of Canada is evident from page one: “Somewhere between him and the horizon, beneath the scalloped rows of gilt-edged clouds, the port city of Vancouver mushroomed along the shores of Burrard Inlet, her sharp edged buildings sprouted against the looming shadows of the Coast mountains.” But picture-postcard stunning though it is, greed and graft lurk beneath the smooth surface of commerce.
As Hunter takes the reader through the gears of one of the most underrated and misunderstood professions, he writes a love poem to Super-natural British Columbia, the second star of the novel.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2015
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Book 1, in the Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery

This who-done-it is a well-crafted mystery that brings us into the life of a long distance trucker Hunter Rayne, an ex- Mountie officer, who took the open road with his semi “The Blue Knight”. Rayne hauls north and south between Canada and the US and travels most of the time on one of the most scenic and dangerous route in Canada known as the Coquihalla.

As the wheels spin on the highway we have fascinating information about the trucking industry. To set the stage the author has taken quite a bit of time and has provided a lot of picky details about the business and the routine of the drivers. Some may find this tedious I found it interesting. As the story unravels we come to the exciting part: a crash…. was it an accident or perhaps a murder on the mountain…. Of course kicks in is the old detective habit of poking your nose into it and it is exactly what Rayne did. Up a gear and the unofficial investigation is on with the help of friends Rayne will get to the bottom and will get his man…

I enjoyed reading this book. It is quite a different style of mystery, one that is not too complicated to follow, is easy to figure out the denouement and has a cast of colourful characters to entertain us and a steady suspense throughout.

I admit, the experience is a bit of a soap opera but “hey” it’s a good read and quite entertaining.
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"Slow Curve on the Coquihalla" by R. E. Donald is a 1st-rate Mystery and Detective novel. Hunter Rayne is a long-haul trucker and a retired RCMP officer. It's hard not to like Hunter who has a down-home full-bodied appeal. In fact, all the characters in the story are well-drawn, craftily detailed and plausible. The scenes are realistic. The plot is methodical without any cheap twists. The author foreshadows well and gives readers enough hints to nail the perp(s). But very few readers will guess the killer, because the author presents a whole forest of likely suspects and intriguing distractions.

The author knows the trucking business inside and out. The dialogues, interactions and backgrounds are authentic. The scenery slides across your windshield in a panoramic vista. I could almost hear the hiss of tires on pavement.

Dan Sorenson "Sorry" is a jaded rounder and ex-biker. He becomes Hunter's unlikely sidekick. Sorry could be modern fiction's answer to the legendary Fallstaff character.

This novel is a must-read for anyone who enjoys realistic characters and richly detailed scenes.
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