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Crime Mystery
Date Published: 2/12/16

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No Reason For Insanity is a tale of intrigue, concentrating on the thoughts and actions of Haszard, the narrator. It is a whodunit with dark, and occasionally light humour, using lateral thinking as Haszard works through the bizarre murders to discover links. There is tension and danger throughout, plus a desperate fight for survival.
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 . . .
Walking away from the house I said nothing but had a feeling something sinister was afoot. Gerry, a non-swimmer who was terrified of water, would never go near a swimming pool, yet he’d been found in one. Wrong. Everything about this was wrong. Gerry used to joke that he only ever showered because the water in the bath was too deep, therefore him being found in a swimming pool bordered on the surreal.
Why, though, would someone want to murder a man like Gerry? He was probably the nicest man I’d ever met, never having a bad word to say about anyone. I’d never heard of him being involved in any kind of conflict—nothing at all. In fact, the same went for the entire family. Sylvia was a church-going lady who involved herself with charity work, raising money for disadvantaged children, seldom going out to restaurants or the like, choosing to remain at home where she organized dinner parties for friends.
Alec’s only confrontation was on the rugby field, the young man spending the majority of his time with fiancée, Loretta, the couple enjoying their weekends in the great outdoors, rock-climbing, canoeing, and pony-trekking.
Donna, who’d not long turned twenty-one, was probably the more outgoing member of the family, although she seldom frequented nightclubs, preferring to see live bands instead. I knew that she’d recently split with a long-standing boyfriend; nevertheless, that was an amicable parting and therefore couldn’t be put forward as a motive for anyone to wish harm on the family, especially her gentle father.
The way that I saw it, there was no reason anyone should want to harm Gerry, and certainly not his loving wife Sylvia or their children, Alec and Donna.
“Haz, are you all right?” Sabrina asked as we entered the car.
I shrugged. “I’m just bothered about what Loretta said. Something’s not right about all this. We’re seeing Vicky tomorrow night, so I’ll ask her what she thinks and if there’s anything she can tell us.”
About the Author


Kevin E. Hatt is a registered medical professional and advanced life support provider at one of his local hospitals. His love of writing began at school, and continued on into his twenties. In nineteen eighty-four he began his medical training, and in nineteen eighty-seven began writing what is now the Haszard Narratives. They were, though, shelved when he pursued another love, that of art, and he left the medical profession in two-thousand to become a freelance art consultant, teacher, demonstrator, framer and retailer. In twenty-ten he returned to the medical profession, and also resurrected the Haszard series. He now lives in the north east of England with his wife of twenty-five years and his daughter of twenty-three.
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Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand
Book #3 in The Weir Chronicles

As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s
up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the
hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to
an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a
truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

Catch up on the series by reading Fade to Black and Masks and Mirrors!

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BookMy Reveiw

5 stars

Oh my, where to begin. Things are getting crazy with the Earth. Ian get poisoned and Rayne and Patrick are off to find the cure. The problem starts when Rayne is kidnapped and sent to another world. She learns a lot more about Jaered. Patrick is kidnapped and tested. It seems that there is a lot more happening than what we know about the prophecy.

So things are starting to get tense then Ian is poisoned with nanites. They are trying to overheat his core and kill him. It looks like something Eve developed so Rayne and Patrick go on the hunt for a cure. But Rayne ends up being kidnapped by Jaered and maybe now able to return back to Earth. Patrick gets kidnapped but for a completely different and totally surprising reason.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Just when you think you might know what’s going on there are new twist that get added in. I was not expecting Patrick or Rayne’s twists. So good!! This is an awesome series, you really need to check this out. It’s a great young adult story that any age will love.

To purchase Sleight of Hand or for more information make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Sue Duff’s website.

I received Sleight of Hand for free from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

Author Biography of Sue Duff

Sue Duff has dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could even read, so it’s only natural that she now combines both fantasy and science fiction as her favorite genre. Having written since high school, Duff never took it seriously until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, F ade
to Black , was one of five finalists in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest and in 2015, Duff’s writing earned her the PEN Award.

She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen.

By day, Duff is a dedicated speech-language therapist at an inner city school district, a career she pursued much in part to her aunt who got her hooked on stories of the profession when Duff was younger. She is passionate about the work she does and regularly works to help those students that need it the most.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and The Pikes Peak Writers. She calls Colorado home and when not saving the world one page at a time, she can be found walking her great dane, getting her hands dirty in her garden, or creating something delicious in her kitchen.

Check out her blog, A Cook’s Guide to Writing and other musings on her website.


Guest Post by Sue Duff, author of The Weir Chronicles series

The best part about writing isn’t the late night hours, tedious research, or stiff joints from sitting in front of a computer screen. It’s certainly not for the money! I’m in the same category as 96% of writers in the world. I have a day job that pays the bills, gives me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings, stops my tummy from gurgling and, I’m so blessed to admit, one that I still love.

But I love writing, too. It started out as something to replace the boredom after a skiing accident laid me up for an entire summer. Up until then, I’d been a very healthy, active person. When that is taken away, you tend to go stir crazy, or in my case, forced to fill it with something that doesn’t require too many trips away from your bed. Not counting the required visits to the toilet, no matter how little you drink.

It’s hard to think of yourself as a writer when you haven’t been educated in it. I didn’t have the mechanical skill set to write well and still struggle with understanding why my copyeditor red-lines some things. My only saving grace was an active imagination and a computer on its last leg. I was just one of many closet writers who woke up one day with the urge to put dreams on a computer screen.

Once I started, I found I couldn’t stop and ideas burst forth like an unleashed tidal wave. As with most forces of nature, my writing grew in energy and took on a life of its own. The more I wrote, the more I HAD to write. A desire to get better forced me to crack open my protective shell and I found myself attending lectures, community college evening courses and conferences, always sitting in the back as though I didn’t belong but yearned to. My closet hobby transformed into an inner drive to improve my newfound craft. It took every ounce of courage to attend my first writer’s critique group. Even more courage to open my notebook and read from it. Their praise mixed with pinpointed suggestions was a shot in the arm, and I’m still attending as often as I can, years later.

Why did I choose this topic to blog about? Because many of you are not so different. Your love of books is evolving. You have ideas for stories. Good storytelling excites you, perhaps even inspires you. Maybe you’ve put ideas down on a computer, iPad or in a notebook tucked away from discerning eyes. Don’t be afraid to expose yourself and your poems, stories or biographies. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a writer. The internet is a plethora of content, help and resources. Critique groups are readily available from small town USA to large overpopulated cities, across the internet and often right down the street. Crack open that closet door. Take your first step outside.

Remember, writers have the same starting point. At one time or another—we were you.

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