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Slow Curve on the Coquihalla (A Hunter Rayne Highway Mystery, Book 1) Kindle版
- ASIN : B005L9B29I
- 出版社 : Proud Horse Publishing; 第1版 (2013/11/19)
- 発売日 : 2013/11/19
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 643 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 351ページ
I found Slow Curve on the Coquihalla to be a soft, cosy mystery even though it involved a fatality. Hunter Rayne is a fellow trucker who was asked by the dead driver’s daughter to look into her dad’s death. But Hunter is no average trucker because he used to be a mountie with the RCMP.
R. E. Donald writes a lot of detail into her mystery - loads of paragraphs describing the colours of the landscape, the roads and locations alongside plus the workings of a haulage company. I was not bothered by her lengthy descriptions of landscapes and vegetation but loved that her locations were real and not fictional or generic.
Of great interest to me were all the details about the workings of the transport industry. Readers must remember that the technical side of trucking has moved on a tremendous amount since 1995. With modern telematics, every damn thing is monitored and recorded, there would be no mystery at all about this road traffic accident.
R. E. Donald used to work in the haulage industry and her understanding of the work and the drivers really shines through. I have never driven a lorry but many of my Facebook friends have moved over from coaches to lorries and the attitudes and issues they raise are the same as she describes. For all that bus, coach and lorry drivers enjoy their job and working on their own, whenever they compare notes, they are always moaning about similar things, year in, year out. Honest, all professional drivers are content and happy but we can have a good old moan.
Solving the mystery of the lorry crash was a steady plod with lots of finger pointing. I found the parts about Hunter’s family life tedious to read through and were an unwelcome distraction from the core of this mystery. The solving of the mystery was not mind blowing and was something to roll along with. Because the quality of her writing about trucking culture held my interest throughout this book, I consider this novel to be an Okay 3 star read.
Kitty Dunn had a small part to play in this story but she had the best line of dialogue when she said “Yes, it suited me well. Over the years, I’d gotten used to being alone, and I like having my own home without the clutter of a full-time husband”.
This is a lovely book. Told from Hunter's perspective, the reader rides alongside him in his truch, meets and gets to know several characters along the way, and becomes privy to his innermost fears and hopes. Car more than just a mystery, which in itself is all too predictable, it is the whole rounded slice of a life which is so intriguing. The excellent narration is by John Hanks, whose warmly accented performance is also filled with clearly differentiated and appropriate voices of the several other characters as well as being perfectly paced and well modulated. Easily a five star performance. Unfortunately, a point has to be removed because of a major editing glitch at the end of chapter one where several minutes of stumbling over the text, painful to hear, were not removed. This should definitely have been taken out. All is recovered perfectly in the official chapter two, but the damage was severe.
My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me with a copy of Slow Curve on the Coquiha!la at my request. A good book which moves slowly but easily holds the reader's attention throughout and one I would definitely recommend to all who enjoy depth of character and, possibly, have wondered what it is like to be a long distance truck driver.
Many reviewers point out that the pace of the story is at times slow and this is something that I have to agree with. I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing. It's generally more of a relaxed read, although it has it's moments. Sometimes you need a different pace and this provides it. Just so you know it isn't a thrill a minute, which at times can be just as off-putting to the reader when over done.
Read this book when you're in the mood for it and you'll find it just as satisfying as a racier novel for a different reason.
Well written in an easy flowing style, I will certainly catch the others in this series.