Sea to Sky
The Hunter Rayne series is evolving into one of the best I have read, and I’m thrilled it is located in Canada. 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, caring and responsible fellow, has a tendency to get hooked once he has taken up the chase, and he doesn’t let go until he has solved it and turned the information over to the RCMP. Divorced, with two young adult daughters, he has not quite figured out how to find a new life; right now all he wants is the quiet and solitude of the long-haul freighter.
Rayne is surrounded by a small but consistent circle of friends: his landlord, a retired lawyer, who lives upstairs and from time to time passes out wise advice along with tea or a beer; El (Elspith), the formidable but good-hearted, call-a-spade-a-spade owner of the dispatching service Rayne works with, despite her not always helpful attempts to solve the mystery; and Sorry (Sorenson), the biker with the cobra tatoo, who helps Rayne out but has a lot of trouble with impulse control. This crew inevitably provides a complex and entertaining story.
In Sea to Sky, Rayne is meeting a woman he barely knows for a weekend of skiing in Whistler, BC. When the woman’s ex-spouse, who has continued to stalk and harass her, gets himself murdered, not only the woman, but Rayne himself turn out to be the main suspects. Rayne has to unravel this mystery fast, as the police won’t allow him to leave town, much less the country, and his livelihood depends on trucking.
R. E. Donald weaves an intricate and intriguing plot and creates in-depth characters who readers come to feel are friends.
For a great mystery novel, read: Sea to Sky!
Slow Curve on the Coquihalla
In Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, Hunter Rayne gets involved with an apparently accidental death of a dispatcher in Kamloops. The problem is, the curve was gentle and the truck’s speed was maybe 10 mph. The dispatcher’s daughter and Rayne combine with his usual crew to provide a fast-paced and entertaining story to discover the hidden crime.
R. E. Donald weaves an intricate and intriguing plot and creates in-depth characters who readers come to feel like are friends.
For a great mystery/crime story, read: Slow Curve on the Coquihalla.