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ICE ON THE GRAPEVINE by R. E. Donald


By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 19 September 2014

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 wheels spinning on the highway and you can hear them in these books.

Last week when I began book#2 in the series, ICE ON THE GRAPEVINE, I realized that I was under-appreciating just how good the storyline is. Hunter Rayne is a retired RCMP officer, now driving a truck for a Vancouver, B.C., Canada firm. He’s a complex man with good self-knowledge but has varying difficulties telling his loved ones how he feels. Not surprisingly Hunter gets landed with unexplained deaths which somehow he must resolve. A man on a mission, Hunter gets on with the job.

Another great character in the series is El, a feisty dispatcher, who seems so real she must have had a real life model for her part in the stories.

These traditional crime stories are full of interest with several surprises. They’re a welcome way to while away a few hours, accompanied by something sippable. Though I’d prefer tea, Hunter Rayne would no doubt select beer.

And naturally, I’ve just purchased book#3 in the series, SEA TO SKY. Can’t wait!




SLOW CURVE ON THE COQUIHALLA
by R.E. Donald
© 2011
Published by Proud Horse Publishing, B.C., Canada

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ICE ON THE GRAPEVINE
by R.E. Donald
© 2011
Published by Proud Horse Publishing, B.C., Canada

See Independent Authors Network
Buy Barnes & Noble
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Buy Amazon US
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Buy Amazon Austria
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