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Ice on the Grapevine

no. 2, The Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries - The Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries, no. 2

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On a warm July morning in L.A. County, a frozen corpse turns up at a highway brake check just south of the Grapevine Pass. Ex-homicide detective Hunter Rayne, who now drives an eighteen wheeler, is persuaded by his irascible dispatcher, Elspeth Watson, to help clear two fellow truck drivers who are arrested for the murder. His job is made more difficult by the fact that the suspects, a newlywed couple, won't speak up in their own defense.

The circumstantial evidence is strong, and a rookie detective from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is eager to score a win. The investigation crosses the Canada-U.S. border when the victim is identified as a second rate musician from Vancouver, and it turns out there were more than a few desperate people happy to see him dead, including the accused couple. Hunter has to use all his investigative skills to uncover the truth.

Hunter’s ex-wife maintains that by taking to the highway Hunter is running away from his past, but he believes that the solitude of days on the road is helping him to heal from guilt over the failure of his marriage and the suicide of his best friend. Tangled relationships and multiple suspects emerge throughout the novel, as Hunter butts heads with more than one officer of the law to solve the crime.

'Ice on the Grapevine' was selected by the judges as a finalist for the 2012 Global Ebook Award in the mystery category.

What readers are saying about the Hunter Rayne highway mysteries:

“Whodunit addicts will not be disappointed.”

“A great take to bed read for anyone who loves crime fiction in a traditional fashion.”

“Those were the best mysteries I've read in a long time!! As soon as I finished the first one I bought the second and felt empty when I finished it! The characters were awesome and so there that I somehow think they are in my life … I can hardly wait for the next one!”

“Great trucking detail, hardboiled characters, no-nonsense dialogue ….”

“… this book caught my attention from the very first pages and it only got better. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for a good mystery.”

Customer Reviews


This mystery is quickly engaging and a fun read. Rather surprising ending as well. It is well worth picking up.

Good plot bad language

The author does an excellent job weaving a compelling drama which is hard to put down. As a reader I enjoyed the plot twists and character building. Perfect amount of description, enough to paint the picture but not so much detail that the I was bored. My only complaint is there was such excessive use of expletives. An occasional F-bomb to depict a characters’s personality is one thing but it starts to be annoying when the characters (author) isn’t creative enough to make good use of the multiple other options in the English language.

Ice on the Grapevine

Wonderful writing great plot and Hunter is the best! Thanks k.

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Ice on the Grapevine
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 31, 2011
  • Publisher: Proud Horse Publishing
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 418 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: no. 2, The Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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