Cutting Right to the Chase Vol.1

Chase Williams Cozy Mysteries

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
73 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2013
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Author Biography

I write crime novels and detective stories because I'm a snooper. I always have been, ever since I was a kid.

I'm from Sardinia and currently living in London, a city I really love. The only things I miss about Italy are my little dog and the bidet. Nothing else, as I'm able to prepare an outstanding pizza by myself... so problem solved!

The crime stories I write are in English because my main character, Chase Williams, is British, so I can't really do otherwise!
My main crime fiction benchmarks are Agatha Christie and George Simenon. I know, I know, they're old style and died ages ago, but what am I supposed to say? I've grown up reading them and always dreamt of joining the glorious Detection Club!

Two big passions rule my life: sports and reading.
I consider myself lucky because I need only a laptop, a Kindle and a road to run along to be happy. However, it's much better if there's also some good music!

I have a blog (and a fancy newsletter!) called Daily Pinner and I post about a number of different topics: I love telling stories about things that have happened to me or what I see everyday on the streets or come across online.
I'm also a Huffington Post Uk blogger and the community manager, and I really enjoy it. I have a Master's in Sociology, after all.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Cutting Right to the Chase, Chase Williams is an import/export executive at Ernesto Ceccarelli’s Cashmere in Turnesia, a beautiful medieval city in Italy. Yet, as a former officer of Scotland Yard, he’s always at the right time and the right place to stop crime. Written by Stefania Mattana, there are six exciting detective stories of 1000 words each, where Chase deals with a series of mostly minor but troubling offences: illegal business operations, thieving teenagers at the mall, and even work together on a case with his childhood friend, Inspector Angelo Alunni of the Turnesian police force.

I loved the way Chase Williams deals with each bizarre crime situation. As a Brit living the Italian life, he fits in quite well. Stefania Mattana definitely has the talent, judging from the exciting and creative material that comprises the six detective stories. It is absolutely convenient if you want a quick, entertaining read that has the beginning and the ending in a thousand words. Each story is given an interesting plot with a somewhat bizarre but familiar crime.

The writing style is simple and shows Mattana’s effort with English as a second language at times. Yet, this is done with great skill and each story is delivered to the readers successfully. I consider both Cutting Right to the Chase and author Stefania Mattana as hidden gems. I truly enjoyed this fun detective piece and would like to read more from the talented Mattana. Highly recommended to all readers; you won’t be disappointed.