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Slow Curve on the Coquihalla

(Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  79 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 his truck left the highway on an easy uphill curve. This compels Hunter Rayne, a fellow trucker and retired RCMP d ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Proud Horse Publishing (first published September 1st 2011)
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Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen Schmitt
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Toni Osborne
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lee Holz
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, 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
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Donald Trevarthen
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Good book with a different setting. I enjoyed the characters and the pace. I rate this one 4.5 stars.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joyce McKune
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Glenn Beebe
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lou Allin
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Denise Zendel
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sally Balboa
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Theresa de Valence
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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
Frankly I was getting tired of reading books set in the South and when I discovered a book set in "my home and native land" I was quite pleased. It was intriguing to get into the world of trucking but the language was absolutely terrible. I happen to know that there are truckers who don't talk as filthy as the book portrays. I was wondering if was worth continuing but the story had a grip on me and I had to know how it turned out. I was disappointed in the ending but it showed that life doesn't ...more
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