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Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  472 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
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 creat ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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May 22, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I received a free download of Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne highway mystery,#1) by R.E. Donald in exchange for a honest review.

I enjoy reading mystery suspense thrillers and I was not disappointed with this novel.It was well written and the pace was steady and involving.

Randy Danyluk,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 Colu
Apr 21, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this story of the "Highway to Hell" road and of the ex-RCMP who became a trucker on it. His marriage gone, hunter Rayne spends most of his time thinking about "what ifs". What if he called his daughters more? What if they don't want to see/talk to him? What if.......This is the part of the story that drove me nuts! I just wanted to jump up and tell him to grow a pair and use the damned phone for God's sake!

Other that that rant, the plot was great, I went nearly to the end before I
Toni Osborne
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 se
Cathy Geha
Aug 11, 2014 Cathy Geha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a retired RCMP sergeant, Hunter Rayne, who after retiring has become a long haul trucker. Randy Danyuk, a veteran trucker liked by everyone and owning his own trucking company dies suddenly on the Coquilhalla without a medical or mechanical explanation. The daughter of the trucker asks Hunter to do some sleuthing and that is just what he does. The story discusses what it must be like to be on long hauls, the grapevine that can be tapped into by truckers, the fact that trucke ...more
Ginney Etherton
Jul 01, 2012 Ginney Etherton rated it liked it
This is what I call dick-lit, as opposed to chick-lit, with lots of truck talk. That's not a slam, and since I live on the Northwest coast I can relate. We all deal with trucks one way or another, and I learned something about long hauls.
The funny thing is, the whole time I was reading this book I thought R.E. Donald was male. For a guy, he did an excellent job of getting the female characters right. The introspectives and actions of all characters give readers a full understanding of their moti
Kathleen Schmitt
Apr 19, 2013 Kathleen Schmitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R. E. Donald

Another mystery in Donald's intriguing Hunter Rayne series. Rayne is a retired RCMP officer, living in North Vancouver. In his new life he drives The Blue Knight, a semi-truck, on long-haul freight pickups and deliveries. In and out among these treks, he discovers mysteries and crimes that need to be solved. Rayne, himself a likeable, responsible fellow, has a tendency to get hooked once he has taken up the chase, and he doesn't let go until he has sol
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? Wit
Jun 14, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this interesting because it is about long distance truck drivers. The owner of the company dies in a mysterious and freak accident. By chance, one of the employees is a former Mountie, and he begins to research what happened. He is a divorced father of two teenage girls, who wants to spend more time with them. The owner's daughter is trying to hold everything together.
Literary  Chanteuse
Not having read a lot of mysteries set in my neck of the woods in Canada I was thrilled to read this one. It also centers around trucking which just happens to be a member of my family's profession so again something familiar to me. I loved that it mentioned so many areas in detail that I knew well and the author had an excellent handle on the ins and outs of the trucking business as well as the fitting characters. The Hero to me is the heart of the story and having only just discovered a second ...more
Denise Zendel
Aug 27, 2015 Denise Zendel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunter Rayne, a retired RCMP detective, likes his post-Mountie life as a long-haul trucker. He misses the job, but the suicide of his close friend and partner sucked the joy out of working for him. Hunter’s ex-wife thinks he’s hiding from life and the misery of his partner’s death. An acquaintance of Hunter’s is found dead in his truck down a steep embankment along the Coquihalla highway that winds through the mountains in British Columbia, and Hunter is drawn to help the dead man’s distraught d ...more
Jun 20, 2015 MoHurley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading the murder mystery, Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, I sobbed with unconscious relief: R.E. Donald's storytelling and intelligent writing style is superb. Donald's not afraid of using real verbs, nor afraid of simile and metaphor, and her working vocabulary is larger than a thousand words! YES! I didn't realize how starved I really was for decent writing as most of the Kindle Edition ebooks I've read on Amazon are, at best, meagre in word and plot.

A complex, poetic character, Sgt
Sally Balboa
Sep 23, 2014 Sally Balboa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3 and a half stars.

This book was not for me, it isn't this book in particular, I just have a hard time getting into this genre. I got this book because it sounded like a good idea at the time. There were still enjoyable moments but still not for me.

Slow Curve On The Coquihalla is based on ex detective Hunter Rayne, who is currently a truck driver. But the old detective in him is let loose when a call about Randy Danyluk has perhaps been murdered up in the mountains and made it l
Theresa de Valence
Sep 19, 2014 Theresa de Valence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
One of the things I like about writers who have retired from other professions and taken up mystery writing is how interesting it is to find out details of the writer’s former business. In collecting recommendations for stories I have read from Crime Fiction members, I’ve been wandering through my memory of great crime fiction. I remembered R. E. Donald’s SLOW CURVE ON THE COQUIHALLA as an enjoyable story with fascinating information about the trucking industry. I’ve always loved the sound of wh ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Quillracer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
The thing that caught my eye about this book was the setting – the trucking industry. I don’t ever recall reading a book set there.

Hunter Rayne, the main character, is a retired RCMP officer who now drives semi rigs to make his living. When an old friend goes missing and is found two days later, dead in the cab of his wrecked truck with no evidence of foul play, the police want to write it off as an accident. But the man’s daughter, wanting to know for sure, asks Hunter to find the truth.

The sto
This is a fairly good story that flows easily. However, and this is why I gave it only three stars, the author has managed to spend a lot of time on picky little details as she develops the plot/story line, that might be of interest to a trucker or someone related to one or who aspires to be one, but that left me bored and trying to figure out why the event/incident/action described was in the book or how it fit into the bigger picture. A well-known and respected trucker dies in an accident in h ...more
May 28, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Lou Allin
May 09, 2014 Lou Allin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, Fast Times on the Highway
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 accl
May 27, 2014 jwals rated it liked it
I received a review copy of this book thru LibraryThing Members review
Hunter Rayne retired after twenty years as a RCMP detective, a few months and a driving course later, Hunter had his commercial driver's license and was on the road with his own truck transporting freight around the country.
When Randy Danyluk, a friend, a Fellow trucker and owner of a small transport company is killed in a single vehicle accident, hunter is asked by his dispatcher (also an old friend of Randy’s) and Randy’s da
Gary Sedivy
This was a free book featured on 'BookBub'. I like novels that are in locations with which I might be familiar. Being from the Northwest, it was fun to visualize these places, from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, Oregon, Edmonton and Seattle. It was interesting to read about the long haul trucking business (one of my friends is in the logistics business, but I was not quite sure what was involved).
The 'mystery' here is not solved by cops or private detectives, but a trucker who used to be a Mountie.
Lee Holz
Jun 10, 2012 Lee Holz rated it it was amazing
Former Sgt. Hunter Rayne of the Royal Mounted Canadian Police is retired. Nevertheless, Slow Curve On The Coquihalla is a police procedural as well as a first rate who-done-it. Author Donald plays fair with her clues in this well crafted mystery. Interesting characters and occasionally lyric descriptions of the Canadian West are a bonus. All in all a very enjoyable read.
Nov 13, 2014 Philip rated it really liked it
Super Read! I enjoyed this book for quite a few reasons with the setting being one of the main ones and the character development a close second. The actual mystery was not too complicated and I had the probable culprit figured out well before the ending even with all the suspects with apparently appropriate motives that still could well have been the perpetrator right up to the end. The actual motive might be a bit weak for a murder but that doesn't detract much from the story. Another highligh ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Never thought I would enjoy a truck driver based mystery, but I sure did. The characters were very down to earth and well fleshed out. The mystery kept me guessing until the last few pages, not like some that give it away 3/4 of the way through so they can do an immense capture and wrap up escapade. I'll definitely continue to follow this series.
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
I received a (free) e-book copy of Slow Curve on the Coquihalla from the author in exchange for an honest review, and only the sense of obligation created by that transaction kept me reading. Absent that, I’d have stopped after 100 pages or so.

The book, and the series of which it’s the first installment, have a great deal going for them. The setting (Western Canada) is an appealing blend of the familiar and the exotic, the hero (a retired RCMP trooper turned long-haul truck driver) is a congeni
Feb 19, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winner-goodreads
I enjoyed this book very much. I live in Kamloops so it was nice to hear about the surrounding areas. I will be looking for that curve next time I drive the Coq. Can't wait to find the next book!
Jul 06, 2015 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had this book forever and finally got to read it. I liked the book and found it a very good mystery with lots of detail. Personally, as I am a trucker and truck in the areas the story takes place in, I found it not a relaxing read simply because I would stop to picture the area in detail in my head almost every single time. But I did like it. Lots of characters to keep track of. The mystery part was good and there were two errors that irked me a bit but wasn't a big deal. I suspected the "bad gu ...more
May 14, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing
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 myst
Charissa Wilkinson
I received this book as part of the Goodreads’ First Reads program for a fair review.

Overview: Randy, owner and driver for Ranverdan Trucking, is found dead at the bottom of the Coquihalla. An acquaintance of his, Hunter Rayne, is asked to look into his death for Suzanne’s sake. This leaves the question: was it an accident.

Likes: I liked Hunter. His attempts to get and stay close with his daughters was amazing.

Dislikes: The story was too slow for my tastes. And there wasn’t another main charact
Sep 30, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keith by: goodreads giveaway
Shelves: mystery
I found this novel waiting for me when I returned home from a holiday. It would have been a good book to have traveled with me.
'Slow Curve On The Coquihalla' is a well written mystery book set in Washington State and British Columbia, Canada.
The novel starts when Randy Danyluk, the owner of a family trucking business, is found dead
at the bottom of a steep embankment by the side of the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia. His
daughter Suzanne asks Hunter Rayne, a former RCMP officer, to inve
Maggie Gordon
A delightful start to a mystery series starring a former RCMP turned trucker. Writing can be a bit shaky at times, but the plot was solid, and Donald nailed her protagonist. It was like reading a book about a lot of the blue collar men I grew up around. Will definitely be checking out the rest of the novels about Hunter (and props to the author for putting her stuff on Smashwords so I don't have to deal with the heavily DRMed and proprietary Kindle and Kobo sites).
Aug 08, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book but wasn't one that I couldn't put down. The characters which there were quite a few seemed disjointed or didn't flow well in the storyline. I would think this one would be significant & then they wouldn't. I pretty much figured out the outcome about half-way through the book. This is a good author with good ideas and I expect future books will only get better. I'm looking forward to more books of his.
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