Slow Curve on the Coquihalla

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When a respected truck driver, owner of a family trucking business, is found dead in his truck down a steep embankment along a treacherous mountain highway, his distraught daughter wants to know why he died. Hunter Rayne, a fellow trucker and retired RCMP detective, feels compelled to help her find the answer. When the answer is murder, he finds himself on a collision course with dangerous men. More
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About R.E. Donald

R.E. Donald is the author of the Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries series. Ruth worked in the transportation industry in various capacities for over 25 years and draws on her own experiences in creating the characters and situations in her novels.

Ruth attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where she studied languages (Russian, French and German) and creative writing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. She currently lives on a ranch in the Cariboo region of, B.C. She and her partner, a French Canadian cowboy named Gilbert Roy, enjoy their Canadian Horses (Le Cheval Canadien) and other animals.

Mysteries by R.E. Donald in the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series:
- - - Slow Curve on the Coquihalla
- - - Ice on the Grapevine
- - - Sea to Sky
- - - Sundown on Top of the World
- - - Yellowhead Blues

Sea to Sky is now also available in a German language edition. Translation by Ingrid Könemann-Yarnell.

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Reviews of Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R.E. Donald

Audrey Driscoll reviewed on April 23, 2020

I like a mystery with more to it than just the whodunit. This one delivers. The main characters are fully developed and memorable, each one with quirks and distinctive characteristics, especially tough El Watson and biker dude Dan "Sorry" Sorenson. A variety of shifty, shady types add a bit of grit. There's a lot (but not too much) info about the trucking business. And it's set in a place I happen to know well -- British Columbia's Lower Mainland and southern interior. The changing scenery and weather are sketched in to give the reader a picture of this scenic region. Hunter Rayne is no longer in the RCMP so must conduct his investigation into a fellow trucker's death unofficially, calling on former colleagues for help. Sometimes his efforts take a back seat to his regrets and worries about his relationship with his daughters, who have grown up without much of his presence in their lives. Many miles are logged while he figures things out, and many encounters in bars and roadside eateries. Something I found a bit excessive was descriptions of characters' clothing in almost every scene. On the other hand, typos and errors were not an issue, and the ebook formatting was excellent. All in all, I enjoyed riding along with Hunter.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
Kylie Fells reviewed on April 18, 2020

Ruth Donald writes from British Columbia with long lifetime of knowledge of truckers, Canadian highways, and horses. Throw in a mystery surrounding a fatal accident, and, well, can't a gurl just be nozy? There's nothing idealized in these working-class characters, making them more like some you probly know personally or mebbe would like to.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Sheri Wilkinson reviewed on May 15, 2014

Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne highway mystery, #1)
by R.E. Donald

A respected truck driver ends up dead in an accident. At first it looks like like just that. But then things take a turn when his daughter starts asking questions. She turns to Hunter Rayne, an ex R.C.M.P and truck driver for help. Together they are out to find the truth and soon an accident becomes a homicide.

A great murder mystery with some twists, turns, and surprises. I liked Hunter, I would love to read more mysteries with him in it. I truly enjoyed this read!
(review of free book)
Barbara Macartney reviewed on Jan. 29, 2012

A new Canadian author, R.E. Donald has penned an interesting read situated in BC and Washington State. The local references offered a sense of familiarity which drew me in. Rayne Hunter quickly developed into both a strong force to be reckoned with along with and an emotionally fragile character. I enjoyed the characters as their flaws surfaced and the story kept my interest high as it motored me along, the plot unravelling.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
Karen reviewed on Jan. 27, 2012

R.E. Donald, Canadian author of Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, has taken two Canadian traditions and meshed them into an intriguing mystery. The writing flows at a steady pace from beginning to end, keeping the reader just out of reach of the answer to the mystery of who, how and why.

This traditional ‘who done it’ will keep most readers scratching their head. Was it a shipper in the US, a disgruntled employee, or maybe a jealous friend? Will Hunter Rayne find the answers before it’s too late? With well developed characters, plot twists and veiled clues this story travels from Canada to the US and back again on a winding route to the final conclusion.

This is a great read for anyone who likes mystery, intrigue and those that are looking for good reads from up and coming Canadian authors. I have the second Hunter Rayne novel, Ice on the Grapevine, on my list to read. I’m hoping to get to it very soon.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

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