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Slow Curve on the Coquihalla

(Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  701 ratings  ·  88 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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 Li'l Owl
Interesting and Exciting Start to a new series!
3.75 Rounded up to 4★'s


Setting The Scene:
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Elevation 1,244 m (4,081 ft)
Traversed by Highway 5 (Coquihalla Highway)
Location: Kamloops South to Hope, British Columbia, Canada
Range Canadian Cascades
Length 543.3 km[1] (337.6 mi)

The Coquihalla climbed out of the Thompson valley and the temperature dropped. Kamloops' sandy brown hills, lightly furred with spring green, gave way to mountain slopes covered with endless ranks of dark evergreens, white spruce,
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Bill
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer (I'll start this review by saying that the author sent me a copy because she thought it might suit my taste and asked for my comments when I read it). Having said that, let's get into the book. Basically Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R.E. Donald follows an ex-RCMP officer, Hunter Rayne, who has quit the force and now works as a long haul truck driver. A friend who owns a trucking company is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, possibly due to a driving accident or maybe due to murd ...more
Sue
May 19, 2012 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
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Kathleen Schmitt
Apr 19, 2013 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
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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
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Ginney Etherton
May 27, 2012 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
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Cathy Geha
Aug 11, 2014 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
Karen
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
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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
Lee Holz
Dec 01, 2011 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.
Steve
Jul 20, 2012 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.
Marti
Jun 14, 2014 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.
Lori
Jul 31, 2012 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!
Audrey Driscoll
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy meaty mysteries
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 w ...more
Steve
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Hunter Rayne is a former RCMP officer, now a truck driver in western Canada. He has two teenage daughters but is unattached. A straight-shooter good guy, he radiates that, making his friend and opposite 'Sorry' Sorenson, a man comfortable in the seamier world of the low-life an interesting counter to Rayne. The story opens with the death of a fellow driver, a good man and owner of a trucking company. The RCMP deems it an accident, but the victim's daughter asks Rayne to find out why this happene ...more
Nancy
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery, e-reader
Takes place in Canada and is about a truck driver who used to be with the RCMP. So definitely a departure for me. It was a very masculine story, so I was surprised when I read that the author was a female Canadian.
A truck driver's vehicle is found down a hill, somewhat damaged with the driver behind the wheel dead. His daughter asks Hunter, an ex policeman and current employee, to check into her father's death. There are some things that don't make sense. Like why such an experienced driver woul
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Stephanie
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coquihalla - A Hunter Rayne Mystery

Didn't know about the world of truckers until having read two books in the series. I always like learning about the lives of people through books and was impressed by how authentic the voice of Hunter came through. A native Washington-stater, I've traveled to Whistler through Vancouver from the greater Seattle area as well as traveling across the U.S. and Canadian shared border by car and train on the Trans-Canada rail. I love mountains and forest land and miss
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Renée Mee
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. As a mystery,it was not gripping or suspenseful. However,if like myself you are a B.C.Canadian it is wonderful to read a book identifying local geographical areas and locations,historical facts and Canadiana. So many books have an American bias.
I really like the main character an ex RCMP officer turned trucker. You cannot get more Canadian then RCMP. He is a very likeable Character and it was a comfortable read in front of the fire place.
Donald Trevarthen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Boring.

Been trying to get thru this piece of trash for about four months now. Nothing ever happens. Seems to keep on repeating the same old stuff. Can only read one or two paragraphs until my mind starts wandering or I fall asleep. I quit, time to move onward. No more time to waste with this boring dribble. Sorry, and also sorry for sorry.
Neen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
2.75. I had a hard time getting into this. It took me a long time to finish it. The premise of a former Mountie turned trucker, who gets pulled into a mystery, was unique, but I didn’t connect with Hunter. Also, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and I sometimes had a hard time remembering who was who. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
Pat
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have driven to Kamloops from Colorado. I have been to Banff and Revelstoke. So raiding along on this big semi was a treat! An enlightening read about the life of a trucker.

The dissappointing thing with this book, is that it wrapped up in 20 pages. It was like they ran out of pages and so had to finish FAST!!!

No to look into other writes by this author.
Jack Durrett
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good mystery, and this is good!!! Most of all, I like settings, and the author does a good job of describing each setting. I also like an author who actually seems to understand the equipment that is being used.
Roger
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
First book of a series and found it enjoyable using a retired RCMP/truck driver character. May try another in the series. I would recommend this book.
Robbie
Good book with a different setting. I enjoyed the characters and the pace. I rate this one 4.5 stars.
Joyce McKune
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
As a favor, Hunter started investigating his friends death. Randy was a good driver but his truck was found in a ravine. No medical or mechanical reason the truck would have gone off the road.
Dwight Burgess
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Strong detective work.

Good description of truck driver, combined with hard, persistent detective work. Former cop, turned truck driver solved an almost unsolvable murder.
Elizabeth
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Dragged on a bit...
Glenn Beebe
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read, interesting plot line

Her descriptions of people and surroundings are detailed. The plot is believable. I had to refer to a map of western Canada to keep track of where the story was taking place.
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
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Philip
Oct 29, 2014 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
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