Full Circle is the latest installment in Kevin E. Hatt’s Haszard series. This story was my first read in the series and as a new reader, I was still able to follow the story and the dynamics of the characters well. The only issue I had was that I was never entirely sure just what Haszard exactly does for a living or how he really became involved in solving mysteries and crimes. When the novel begins, Haszard and his girlfriend Sabrina are asked to look into the mysterious death of a local man, Dean, that Sabrina had known from school. Feeling a debt to the victim’s sister, Haszard agrees to look into the strange circumstances. Early research and the discovery of a strange artifact, an engraved pewter disc, on the victim, led the investigation to a town called Lamesford, which has a dark history, rich with Pagan lore and also current traditions. Lamesford seems to contain the answers Haszard needs for the investigation, but those answers seem to be buried in layers of secrets and more sinister elements.
As Haszard begins his investigation in Lamesford, he quickly realizes that there is a certain level of eeriness to both the town and the residents. People that were slated to help begin to turn up dead and others seem less than thrilled to have any form of an investigation take place about their town or offer any details about any events/traditions within. Haszard and Sabrina have an extensive network of people to help them and the walls finally start to come down surrounding all of the mysteries as Haszard digs a little deeper. He finds there is some connection to the pagan holiday of Mabon, also inscribed on the mysterious disc he believes is connected with Dean’s death and many of the town’s mysteries. Haszard soon notices Lamesford also has a pattern of missing people–he only has to figure out what it all means and where the connections lie. The more Haszard uncovers, the more dangerous his situation becomes. The end of the story is exciting, suspenseful and full of twists that not only explain the initial investigation, but also frees the skeletons of Lamesford’s past.
Full Circle was a fun, suspenseful mystery that was full of wit, strong writing and an interesting plot line. Haszard is a likable, unlikely hero, although he is a bit arrogant and some of the dialogue is rather campy. The relationship between him and Sabrina is light and fun and adds another level to the story. There are a lot of characters involved, so the conversations do get lost a bit, but the suspense and excitement keep the story moving. Kevin E. Hatt has crafted an interesting character in Haszard and I would absolutely read more of his work.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.wordpress.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kevin E. Hatt.