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R.E. Donald recently moved to a ranch in the South Cariboo region of British Columbia with a French Canadian cowboy, three horses and two dogs. Although she spent 25 years working in the transportation industry, she has never actually driven an eighteen-wheeler, and probably never will. Today she’s here to talk about Whistler, British Columbia and her newest mystery. Learn more about R.E. and books at her website.
A Mountain of Mystery
My hero is always on the move. That’s because the sleuth in the Highway Mysteries series drives an eighteen-wheeler up and down the west coast of North America. Even truck drivers need a little R&R now and then, and that’s what brings former RCMP homicide investigator Hunter Rayne to the resort community of Whistler, British Columbia in the third Highway Mystery, Sea to Sky. While Hunter enjoys a few days of downhill skiing, he plans to become better acquainted with an attractive female lawyer he met in L.A. He doesn’t, however, plan to become the prime suspect in a murder on the mountain.
|photo by Kevin Arnold|
The town of Whistler became familiar to many winter sports fans around the world when it was the site of Alpine events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s a magnificent setting, with the snow covered peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains towering some 5000 feet above the attractive and upscale Village of Whistler, where you can walk to dozens of shops, restaurants and bars. Yet Whistler is only a two-hour drive from the port city of Vancouver, or four and a half hours from Seattle, the last hour of the drive on the spectacular Sea to Sky highway as it winds its way upward through the coastal rainforest and along the rugged shores of Howe Sound.
Visitors who come to ski can choose either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain, and skiers or non-skiers can ride over two and a half miles on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for breathtaking views of both. Parts of the mountain are open for skiing as late as the end of May, and avid skiers can get their ski fix on Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier up until the end of July. However, the end of ski season does not mean the end of mountain recreation, as it’s a popular place for hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing all through the summer months. After a day of outdoor activities, or just a day of relaxing – reading Sea to Sky beside the hotel pool, for example – visitors can indulge themselves at one of the many fine restaurants.
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Whistler-Blackcomb has become a popular site for various outdoor festivals and events during the summer as well, from the Children’s Festival or the Wanderlust “Yoga and Music” Festival, or a week of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts, to the Subaru Ironman Triathlon and the Bull’s Eye National BBQ Championships. Visitors can go on guided Bear and Ecology Tours, or simply set off on the vast network of trails to enjoy nature on their own. Whistler provides a good balance between the Pacific Northwest’s amazing natural environment and its finest civilized amenities. As a travel destination it offers something to appeal to everyone. More information (and even webcams) can be found at the Whistler Blackcomb website.
Tell them Hunter Rayne sent you.
Sea to Sky
Sea to Sky is the third novel in the Highway Mysteries series featuring long haul truck driver, Hunter Rayne. The former RCMP homicide investigator drove the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler’s ski resort for what was supposed to be a pleasant weekend of skiing with an attractive female acquaintance. Instead, after a murdered man is found riding the chairlift, Hunter finds himself at the top of the suspect list and has no choice but to get involved in the investigation in order to clear his name. In the midst of the investigation, Hunter’s life becomes complicated when the progress of his new relationship is arrested by the appearance of a woman from his troubled past.