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Ice on the Grapevine: A Hunter Rayne highway mystery (Volume 2) Paperback – July 28, 2012
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A 2012 Global Ebook Awards finalist, ... Ice on the Grapevine: A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery is a tense murder mystery featuring tough-minded ex-homicide detective turned eighteen-wheel truck driver Hunter Rayne. ... [It] is a riveting mystery that will keep the reader guessing to the very end. - Midwest Book Review
This is a well spun yarn, full of plot detail and credible human response. Whodunit addicts will not be disappointed. - The Kindle Book Review
... a straightforward and uncomplicated story, well-told and tightly edited. ... Ice on the Grapevine is well worth having a look at. - Crime Fiction Lover, the Site for Die-Hard Crime & Thriller Fans (UK)
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That said, the author has developed an entertaining mystery that leaves the reader wondering until the very end. I will definitely read the rest of the set.
This is the second installment in the Highway Mystery series and can be read as a stand alone book.
The mystery covers a lot of ground, both geographically and plot-wise and with a number of interesting, well developed characters on both sides of the border. There are subplots that tie into the crime and the victim, and plenty of clues for the solve-along reader. This is one complicated mystery with lots of dangerous confrontations, mistakes made, hidden pasts, and hidden motives coming into play.
This one kept me guessing all the way through until the reveal of the murderer.
Looking back, I suppose I picked this book for the reference to the "grapevine", that steep and highly dangerous -- far worse when icy -- part of I-5 in Kern County leading into (or out of) greater Los Angeles. As a dreadful personal tidbit, a dear friend of mine did indeed lose control of his car one night when there was ice on the grapevine. His car rolled over and over, caught fire, and yes, he was killed. So I was thinking maybe this book was a story about something like that -- I mourn his loss every time I think of the grapevine, and when I have to drive over it, I'm exceedingly careful, in his memory. It's a treacherous stretch of road.
Well, that isn't what the book is about. Not really. In fact, "grapevine" is mentioned only a couple of times, but -- trust me -- I have no complaints. There is "ice" involved, though, as in a frozen-solid corpse.
In spite of that, many times while reading "Ice" I wondered to myself if maybe this book should just be considered a "novel" as compared to a mystery. Oh, there's a "mystery" alright -- a good one, one I didn't see coming at all, although there were plenty of clues. But it's a book with characters so well developed, so 'real', so believable, all of them having good points and bad -- just like regular humans -- that at times it seemed more like a character study than just detective fiction. (Don't get me wrong -- "detective fiction" is my favorite genre. It's just that this book offers that, but so much more.)
I won't repeat the plot outline for you, others have done that. I just want to say that this is a very worthy book, a great way to spend a few hours of your precious time, getting to know these folks -- and "Peaches", of course, a delightful little Pomeranian who graces ever page in which she appears. (For animal lovers like me, just know that Peaches is never in any personal peril. It's just that all the humans involved are.)
Great book -- I'll definitely be looking for more by R. E Donald. I might even learn something about the trucking industry -- who knows?
Got confused wìth who was who as names similar and using both first and surnames made it confysing.
No design indication that scene was changing
Sexist statements eg needing a man to protect her
'... where this one excelled was being an uncommonly good police procedural. Book was highly unusual in that the protagonist is a one-time 20 year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who puts down the badge and becomes an over the road truck driver (something I'd never remotely read of before) and author knows her stuff as you can't help but learn a lot about the transportation industry from this fine work. Best part I found about this book were the character descriptions as a third of the way in we get to know a Dan "Sorry" Sorrenson (ex-con & part-time trucking partner) whom I really liked for livening up the book, one of my favorite passages of his being ' "Your boyfriend'll be out in a minute, sugar...He's just fixin, his face." Glad I grabbed this one as well as the next two sequels as it did keep me entertained! '
Most definitely buy this book as I do recommend it and while you're at it don't forget to grab the short novella "White Liners" by same author as well since it was free last I looked. Very good series!
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