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Sea to Sky (A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

R.E. Donald
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A dead man rides the chairlift to the bottom of a ski hill on Whistler Mountain. Former RCMP homicide detective Hunter Rayne is at the top of the suspect list, so Hunter has no choice but to get involved in the investigation in order to clear his name.

Meanwhile, trucker Hunter was scheduled to haul a load of freight to Northern California, so he calls up his old friend, biker Dan Sorenson, to take his place behind the wheel. What connects the badass biker from Yreka, California to the most prolific female serial killer in US history? And what happens when dispatcher El Watson ignores Hunter's warning and gets the biker involved in the murder investigation?

In the midst of the investigation, Hunter's life gets complicated when the progress of a new relationship is hampered by the appearance of a woman from his troubled past.

Sea to Sky is the third novel in the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series.

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 1646 KB
    • Print Length: 309 pages
    • Publisher: Proud Horse Publishing (December 22, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AS9WNSK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars RCMP turn truck driver mystery January 15, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Overall I found this an interesting mystery. I will say that I almost set it aside a few pages into the book. I found the first few pages to be unsmoothed, choppy in the dialog. It did help set the tone for the character Mike Irvine but I felt it distracting. As the book changed to the other characters the story was a smooth read.

    I did find a good depth in the development of the characters and the descriptions of the area was well done. The book kept my interest and will likely buy the next book.
    On the technical side, the chapter breaks were not always clean. I did receive a free copy to review
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars May contain spoilers January 30, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

    I guess maybe that this book just was not my cup of tea. The couple of `romantic' interests for the main character seemed forced and certainly uneventful; I am really not sure why they were `romantic' interests. The main character obviously has some emotional constipation issues. Maybe I need to read the other Hunter Rayne books to truly understand him.

    The story seemed slow to me, which surprised me because there is a murder, missing kid, and a couple (?) of romantic interest. It should move quickly enough. There was also a lot of clutter with Hunter's best friend's history and another trucker's relationship with his dad that did not really seem needed.

    The ending was good. I certainly did not suspect who the killer was, but I am not sure that it is very probable. I have a hard time believing it due to the buildup and history of the character involved.

    I am sure that I am just missing something because the other reviews are glowing, but it just was not for me. I am giving the story the benefit of the doubt with the three stars, because it seems to be only me that was not enthralled by this book.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sea to Sky February 5, 2013
    By Sharon
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book is number three in a series about an ex RCMP turned trucker turned amateur detective. I haven't read the previous two books but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of this, as everything I needed to know for the story was explained, without it clogging up the storyline.

    The scene is set with our hero, Hunter Rayne, having a public spat with the soon to be murdered man and Hunter's subsequent investigation into the circumstances and reasons for the death. As you would expect, this involved plenty of subtle clues and red herrings before we discovered who the killer was.

    I enjoyed this book as it worked well as a standalone story, with well-formed characters and locations. I liked the storyline which involved the biker Dan Sorenson (known as Sorry) and this had a nice conclusion with him discovering things about himself. If I was to cite a negative about the book I suppose it was Hunter's `boss' El. She needed to be in the story in order to link Hunter and Sorry and also to facilitate some of the plot, but for me, she was made to be a bigger character than she needed to be.

    Overall though, a minor niggle and I would recommend this book to those that like a murder mystery. 4/5.
    *I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read February 4, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    "Sea to Sky" by R.E.Donald was free on Amazon so I took a chance on this murder mystery that looked a lot of fun. Set in Whistler it starts with a great set up of the characters, Hunter Rayne, his new girlfriend and her hot-blooded ex-husband. When the latter is murdered on a chairlift by a single gun shot to the head suspicion falls on Hunter. Although there are some more suspects, Hunter, a former investigator himself, decided to solve the case himself.
    Hunter Rayne is a great and likeable main character, particularly at the beginning we get to know him well and so care for him when he becomes a suspect. The story is well written, entertaining and cleverly enough plotted to keep the reader guessing.
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story line July 1, 2014
    By Carol P
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read all three in the series. I liked the story line. They were very well thought out and kept you guessing to the end. The only thing I didn't like about them was the language. The harsh language at times was not necessary or appropriate for the scene.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery! January 5, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This author has provided a very provocative plot with just enough characters to never lose interest! The interaction between Hunter Rayne, a long-haul trucker (previously a member of the RCMP), a private PI, cronies of the RCMP and the other side of his life(co-worker, boss, friends)- - both past and present, provide a great mix of suspense in the killing of Mike Irwin and the search for his killer. The characters are well fleshed with good interaction and a well developed plot! Although I am not personally familiar with the Canadian terrain and area where some of the plot takes place, I could easily feel its beauty, etc. I could not put this book down and felt a "kin-ness" with many of the characters. I am looking forward to reading the rest of R. E. Donalds books! In order to review this book I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sea to Sky January 7, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. The characters, particularly long haul trucker and former RCMP detective Hunter Rayne, are well drawn, and the scenery in Canada and Washington State adds to the plot, dialog and general package of well done solid police procedural. We learn that Hunter Rayne may have resigned the Mounties and compromised with a more solitary job of trucker, but he is forever drawn into solving the mysteries of life that he encounters as he travels around the country. An attractive lawyer invites him for a ski weekend on Whistler Mountain. He defends her honor during a nasty encounter with her former husband, bully and stalker, Mike Irwin. When Irwin ends up dead on a ski lift, Hunter becomes a person of interest in the Mounties investigation. But the subject list is unending including his weekend date, Mike Irwin's present wife, and almost all of his colleagues, and relatives. Hunter tries to help the investigation, and the story widens as a private investigator emerges with more information about the dead man. At the same time Hunter is called on by an old friend to find her runnaway son. I did not enjoy the number of characters, mostly Hunter's supervisor and fellow truckers, who are called in with side stories to follow up hopeless leads. The ending is quite surprising, and not totally satisfying.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
    I enjoyed this book.
    It had a lot of good characters and the ending was completely unexpected. I would recommend it.
    Published 2 days ago by Liza Rodgers
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
    Sea To Sky was a pretty good book. This book kept me pretty interested. Good enough to keep my interest, but, stroll kind of boring. KATHY
    Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of mystery
    The separate relationships in addition to the various mysteries kept me unable to set the book aside for very long.
    Published 6 days ago by Maxine Bodenhamer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Have enjoyed all of this series.
    Published 6 days ago by Caroline Linton
    4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy the Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery series
    I really enjoy the Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery series. They usually start with a bang and never let up. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Michael L. Huse
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sea to Sky
    I really enjoyed the plot and the characters in this novel. Maybe it's because I like to see the integrity of Hunter Rayne, and the fact that many decisions are difficult but made... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by ck
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise ending!
    I love it when an author surprises me and it doesn't happen often. Love this book. It is well worth the read.
    Published 11 days ago by kj
    5.0 out of 5 stars Nah, can't be.
    The twist at the end is highly unexpected. The story is woven together and keeps the reader's interest.
    Published 12 days ago by Teresa Banker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
    I had no idea that a Canadian Highway was called Sea to Sky, so was surprised by the title. Loved the book.
    Published 13 days ago by Charlene
    4.0 out of 5 stars well written and nice distraction from the slick high tech stuffout...
    different rhythm than most mysteries. well written and nice distraction from the slick high tech stuffout there.
    Published 13 days ago by Mvr
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    More About 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 25 years and draws on her experience in creating the realistic characters and situations in her novels.

    Ruth attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where she studied languages and creative writing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

    She currently lives on a ranch in the South Cariboo region of B.C., where she and her partner, Gilbert Roy, enjoy their Canadian Horses (Le Cheval Canadien) and other animals.

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