Kevin E. Hatt is a registered medical practitioner. He is also a former art consultant, art teacher and retailer. He began writing the Haszard narratives in 1986, when he wrote two, but in 1990 the project was shelved until recently, when he brought the stories up to date and added a number of other books for the series, which he intends to stop after thirty stories. At this point in time, nineteen are complete. He loves fine ales, good food, running and cricket. To date, he has never been to Scunthorpe.
Intrigued by the bizarre events surrounding the murder of a friend, Haszard is asked by the family to look in to the matter. Against the advice of his friends, he begins making enquiries, and is disturbed when he realizes that it may well be someone he knows.
As progress is made, further events occur, endangering the life of Haszard and his friends, and he is forced to delve into the deepest recesses of his resourcefulness . . .
No Reason for Insanity is a crime/mystery/black comedy narrative, displaying the versatility and lateral thinking of Haszard, the narrator.
This is the fifth in the series of Haszard mystery/crime/black comedies.
When on holiday with his friends, Haszard sees a girl who went missing a number of weeks previous. Fuelled with his usual determination, he sets about looking into the matter, although all is not as it appears, and it isn't long before matters become eventful.
Having befriended a local artist, Haszard moves closer to an answer, yet the odds are stacked heavily against him. In order to win through, he must endure his most arduous and perilous challenge yet . . .
When asked to look for a missing family inheritance, Haszard isn't discouraged by the lack of information available. With his typical tenacity, he endeavours, yet the scale of the task is overwhelming. Overcoming other obstacles, he makes progress, but there is someone else who isn't afraid to resort to murderous means.
Aided by a clairvoyant and government operatives, along with a mysterious character who seems to disappear without trace, Haszard discovers that if he is to achieve his goal, he must undertake the most hazardous journey of his life . . .
This is the 4th Haszard narrative, and continues the series with a lighter tone, yet with the hallmarks of its predecessors - namely intrigue, suspense, mystery and danger for the characters. Including mysticism, this story gets close to the edge, and sets the bar for the stories which follow.
As with the previous Haszard narratives, it is not necessary to read those which preceded, as each story is individual.
When told by a friend that she saw her dead husband alive and well, and walking around a market town, Haszard agrees to look into the matter. As he makes progress, he realises that there is more to it than merely someone supposedly coming back from the dead.
With another matter also to look into, life becomes full, yet utilising the help of his friends, he discovers a dark secret, but there are people who will stop at nothing and aren't afraid of resorting to murder . . .
This is the third in the Haszard series of crime/mystery/black comedy narratives. Although they run in sequence, it isn't necessary to read them in order.
This story sees the growing relationship between Haszard and Sabrina, along with their friend Ed Loughmann, whose cynical outlook provides much of the humour. It also sees the first proper appearance of Grace, who delivers humour of a lighter nature. Cricket playing, and tea and ale drinking Haszard is quintessentially English non-hero-type character, and although seemingly clever, tends to bumble his way through, often relying on his friends.
As with the second Haszard tale, there is more than one problem for Haszard to deal with, and his problem-solving skills are at their best.
Phoenix from the Flame isn't a whodunit as such; it's a case of Haszard unearthing the truth behind events, and discovering the truth of what's been going on, and attempting to deliver a solution and some justice. The aim of the series is to provide intrigue, suspense and humour, with the reader getting to know the characters.
The Haszard series isn't a traditional crime or detective series, and has been described as refreshing by several critics.
When asked to frame a old map, Haszard discovers that it's linked to valuables from the past. Intrigued, he begins to look into the matter, but soon realises that he isn't the only person who's interested.
With other matters also to look into, Haszard makes inroads, but as the danger escalates he realises tat the other party will stop at nothing, and events culminate in a desperate struggle for survival . . .
This is the second of the Haszard narratives, and is considerably lighter than the first. In this tale, Haszard's problem-solving skills are displayed, as he has to decipher age-old clues as to the whereabouts of hidden valuables which are worth an absolute fortune.
In addition to the main storyline, Haszard also has other matters to attend to (including a supposedly haunted house), one of which dovetails with the main plot. This is the "Misdemeanours" in the title.
For anyone who hasn't read the first story, you really don't need to. Although it carries on from the first, it is a completely separate story, and the characters are introduced individually. Also, it gives a further insight into a forthcoming regular character - Grace - who makes her proper debut in the next tale.
In brief, Maps, Legends and Misdemeanours is a tale of life, including intrigue, action, adventure, mystery, humour and light romance, along with Haszard's views on the world we live in.
A Light in the Darkness is the first in a series of black comedy/crime/mystery narratives. In this story, Haszard (quintessentially English and rather mysterious) is shocked at the death of a friend, and is intrigued by the circumstances. Known for becoming involved in such matters, his friends attempt to talk him out of it, but he doesn’t listen.
As he progresses, his love-life improves dramatically when he meets the woman of his dreams, and his chances of discovering the identity of the perpetrator are boosted when he befriends a local businessman who has many resources at his fingertips.
As inroads are made, life becomes dangerous for Haszard, and attempts on his life are made, yet he pushes on regardless, firmly convinced that it’s someone he knows . . .
Although this is the darkest of the tales, it contains a good deal of humour, along with Haszard’s cynical view of the world. It’s also a tale of relationships, friendship and everyday life. Basically, it’s different to most crime novels in that it isn’t police based; it involves Haszard and his group of friends. It’s been written to entertain, providing intrigue, action, excitement, humour and a little light romance.