Ice on the Grapevine

Ice on the Grapevine

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by R.E. Donald
     
 

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On a warm July morning in L.A. County, a frozen corpse turns up at a highway brake check just south of the Grapevine Pass. Ex-homicide detective Hunter Rayne, who now drives an eighteen wheeler, is persuaded by his irascible dispatcher, Elspeth Watson, to help clear two fellow truck drivers who are arrested for the murder. His job is made more difficult by the fact

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On a warm July morning in L.A. County, a frozen corpse turns up at a highway brake check just south of the Grapevine Pass. Ex-homicide detective Hunter Rayne, who now drives an eighteen wheeler, is persuaded by his irascible dispatcher, Elspeth Watson, to help clear two fellow truck drivers who are arrested for the murder. His job is made more difficult by the fact that the suspects, a newlywed couple, won't speak up in their own defense.

The circumstantial evidence is strong, and a rookie detective from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is eager to score a win. The investigation crosses the Canada-U.S. border when the victim is identified as a second rate musician from Vancouver, and it turns out there were more than a few desperate people happy to see him dead, including the accused couple. Hunter has to use all his investigative skills to uncover the truth.

Hunter’s ex-wife maintains that by taking to the highway Hunter is running away from his past, but he believes that the solitude of days on the road is helping him to heal from guilt over the failure of his marriage and the suicide of his best friend. Tangled relationships and multiple suspects emerge throughout the novel, as Hunter butts heads with more than one officer of the law to solve the crime.

'Ice on the Grapevine' was selected by the judges as a finalist for the 2012 Global Ebook Award in the mystery category.
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What readers are saying about the Hunter Rayne highway mysteries:

“Whodunit addicts will not be disappointed.”

“A great take to bed read for anyone who loves crime fiction in a traditional fashion.”

“Those were the best mysteries I've read in a long time!! As soon as I finished the first one I bought the second and felt empty when I finished it! The characters were awesome and so there that I somehow think they are in my life … I can hardly wait for the next one!”

“Great trucking detail, hardboiled characters, no-nonsense dialogue ….”

“… this book caught my attention from the very first pages and it only got better. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for a good mystery.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032871064
Publisher:
Proud Horse Publishing
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Series:
Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
47,084
File size:
423 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

R.E. Donald is the author of the Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries series. Ruth worked in the transportation industry in various capacities for over 25 years and draws on her own experiences in creating the characters and situations in her novels. Ruth attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where she studied languages (Russian, French and German) and creative writing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. She currently lives on a ranch in the Cariboo region of, B.C. She and her partner, a French Canadian cowboy named Gilbert Roy, enjoy their Canadian Horses (Le Cheval Canadien) and other animals. Mysteries by R.E. Donald in the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series: - - - Slow Curve on the Coquihalla - - - Ice on the Grapevine - - - Sea to Sky - - - Sundown on Top of the World Sea to Sky is now also available in a German language edition. Translation by Ingrid Könemann-Yarnell. Please visit proudhorsepublishing.com or redonald.com for information on new releases.

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Ice on the Grapevine 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 33 reviews.
TdeV More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the next installment, enjoyed previous "slow curve-"
PRMCA More than 1 year ago
First book by this author. I really enjoyed it, and want to read more of her writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book and it was over 700 pages!
BETKAT More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A GREAT READ/ LONG BUT READ FAST. GOOD CHARACTERS AND I WOULD BUY HER OTHER BOOKS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
According to her own admission, R.E. Donald writes mysteries because she loves mysteries. Well then she better exercise some self criticism before she ventures into the genre. The mystery in this book and the circumstances surrounding the main characters are baffling to state it mildly, the denouement is utterly irrational, if not confusing, there are subplots which are never resolved and past event alluded to but never fully explained. Most confusing is the protagonist, a former detective of the RCMP turned long-haul big rig driver, who is constantly on the road, yet he has time and can solve mysteries on a pro bono basis, no costs bared. He has a failed marriage, (we have no idea why), a dead best friend whose death still haunts him (we don't know why), and ousting from the RCMP (we don't know why). We do know, however, that after being forced to quit his job as a detective (which he loved), the next best option for him to become a truck driver. Who would have thought? There is a supporting cast, equally puzzling, of another truck driver who is totally smitten by his wife, an ex drug addict cum prostitute, now pure as virgin snow (no pun intended). A call girl who is willing to take life threatening risk for complete strangers. A detective, who is completely clueless, but a stud, nevertheless. The victim, frozen to death, but the source of all evil, and his common law brainless wife who knows nothing about his nefarious ways. Enough said. On top of all this the major problem with this book is that it is awfully boring. Instead of reading it take a hot shower before going to bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - long and great suspsense - good to the last page! Rare to.fine such a good read with none the explicit sex, thankfully nice clean reading anyone can enjoy. I look forward to more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the begining Thrilling, without blood and guts. I never guessed that X did the crime
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONE REVIEWER said it was over 700 pages but the pages flip 2 and 3 at a time so is probably in the range of 275 to 325. Good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's nice to read a long mystery that stays a mystery until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely resolved, likeable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a few confusing subplots in this book but overall it is A good story w/ likeable characters. I would read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in the lower mainland and recognize the locations in this series of books. I've read & loved two. Going to look for another right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the mystery and Hunter Rayne. Did not like Det. Russell. L
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out slow but ended up ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and will read more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. The characters were well developed and interesting. Good bit of suspence and just enoughclues along the way to keep me interested. I'll be reading more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Boring down there reviewing just doesnt get it. Rayne left RCMP because his partner killed himself. Really! Read the book before you review!! Everything you wrote is opposite of what the story says. Pay attention, mr. Boring!! Good reads! Keep it up. On to sea to sky!! Yea!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was clear, the characters were well developed and the pace was excellent! I like the way Hunter handled himself and will probably read more of these trucker detective mysteries that feature this character. I am interested to discover if a new relationship develops between Hunter and Alora as I view them as possibly being very real people; the writing is that good! I never believed the suspects, Sharon and Ray, were guilty, but the case seems to be lost before it began. There are some twists to the story that were totally unexpected but definitely entertaining! Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this bookwith belevable and likable characters . Wanted to keep on rrading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Maintained interest throughout. Sorry more was not said about defense lawyer's status at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. I can see the characters in an old black and white film. It was a fine mystery story, I couldn't guess the culprit and was surprised till the final pages. I recommend this book highly.