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Sea to Sky (A Hunter Rayne highway mystery) [Kindle Edition]

R.E. Donald
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

During what was supposed to be a few days of skiing at the Whistler Mountain resort with an attractive female acquaintance, former homicide detective Hunter Rayne finds himself the prime suspect in the RCMP's hunt for "The Chairlift Killer".  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 sends the biker on a search for clues to the motive behind the murder?

In the midst of the investigation, Hunter's life gets complicated when the progress of his 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Proud Horse Publishing (December 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I looked forward to its publication and I was not disappointed. RE Donald did it again. Now I'm waiting for book 4.
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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sea to Sky January 7, 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Series Just Keeps Getting Better
Sometimes the third book of a series is a letdown. I was happy to find this was not the case for the Hunter Rayne mysteries. R.E. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pat1360
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, held my interest
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.

An ex RCMP turned truck driver becomes involved in a murder investigation while on a romantic getaway with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathy I
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
I really enjoyed reading the Hunter Payne mysteries. They are well written and always keep you guessing as to who did it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Irene Baumgartner
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
it is not worth a time to dreaded to end better time to write to your aunt then wasted time to read this book
Published 14 months ago by Jakub
4.0 out of 5 stars sea to s
Sea to Sky, very good read great characters and nice twist to the plot,enjoyed her previous two novels awaiting the next one.
Published 14 months ago by frank spalding
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I received this book as a complimentary copy. The book did have some good twists and turns. I was engaged and wanted to keep reading. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jenn Boggess
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunter Rayne Encounters Murder at a Ski Resort
R. E. Donald draws the character of Hunter Rayne with such precision that he becomes a medical libility. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nash Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
Thoroughly enjoyed this tightly composed mystery. Good characters drawn with a fine pencil, good narrative, good premise. Look forward to more from her. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carolyn C. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked this Book
I received this book as complimentary copy.
This was a good book and I would recommend it to others. Read more
Published 15 months ago by putz
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More About the Author

R.E. Donald is the author of the Hunter Rayne highway mystery series. Ruth worked in the transportation industry in various capacities from 1972 until 2001, and draws on her own experiences, as well as those of her late husband, Jim Donald, 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 small farm in Langley, B.C., where she and her partner, Gilbert Roy, enjoy their Canadian Horses (Le Cheval Canadien) and other animals.

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