Ice on the Grapevine

Ice on the Grapevine

by R. E. Donald

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ISBN-13: 9780988111813
Publisher: Proud Horse Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2012
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Ice on the Grapevine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 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 7 months ago
A little rough, but did keep my interest long enough to finish it. Typos here and there, and there's a switch in my mind that turns me to "off" when I encounter poor editing (see "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"). Sorry, just can't rate it higher.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Interesting informative
Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Made me miss driving again although I would've never been able to solve the case. Can't wait to read more in the series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoyed it a lot. Have Truckers in my family, so saw some familiar things going on.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Ex Canadian Police turned long haul trucker solves murder saving a couple of fellow truckers. Interesting characters. Placed in Canada and United States.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the mystery. I never considered X for the killer. Will read the next one for sure.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story keeps you trying to figure it out and it's not to the end that you learn how it all happened, which makes the ones you know who did it in the first chapter stink. Need to keep making these great stories so I can continue to read them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot and writing
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ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Standard book in this series. 280 pages.
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.