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Cutting Right to the Chase Vol.1: 6x1000 word stories of unusual crimes (Chase Williams Cozy Mysteries) by [Mattana, Stefania]
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Book 1 of 3 in Chase Williams Cozy Mysteries (3 Book Series)
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"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. 
[...]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
." - Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

"All are intriguing and Chase is a perfect character to spend a few moments with and its a joy to go along with him as he solves some rather intriguing mysteries. He has a dry sense of humour and an ironic outlook - I related to him very well.
There are 6 stories in the collection, each one a little reading gem
." - Lizzy Wilkins, Lizlovebooks.com 

"It's quick and easy reading with simple, accessible language. I was impressed by how quickly Mattana manages to set a scene/mood and develop a charming or humourous outcome in so few words - a skill indeed.This collection of 1000 word stories is a really great concept -- an original and clever way to introduce readers to her leading man Chase Williams" - Joanne P, Book Lover Book Reviews

About the Author

Stefania Mattana is a crime fiction author whose stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, websites and anthologies. Her first self-published short story collection Cutting Right To The Chase, featuring the former Met Police Detective Chase Williams, was released in June 2013 to great acclaim. She also blogs for Huffington Post UK, her own blog DailyPinner and other webzines.
eraniapinnera (dot) com

Product Details

  • File Size: 179 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPLZ2VS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stefania Mattana's short stories about the adventures of his detective (Chase Williams) are amusing and surprising. The author does not explain much about who Chase is (except the fact that he's an investigator from Scotland Yard) and why he is in Italy. Rather, we are thrown right in the middle of the action: 1000 words to set the scene and rapidly run toward the end. The situation are non-conventional for a "noir" or a detective story: Chase will investigate on little things such as shoplifters, people mysteriously running away after losing their wallet, and neighbors bragging about their ability to make robbers flee. The impression is that those little stories are what happens to Chase during his supposedly free time, due to his nosy nature. They are ideal to be read during commuting, but they leave you with the desire to read the "big stories" which I am sure will follow soon.
Stefania Mattana's English is pretty good for a non-native speaker. Some of the quirks of the Italian language sometimes pop out, but actually make the reading more enjoyable. It almost looks like the stories are written from an Italian friend of Chase, who is reporting back to the British mainland.
Totally worth the euro :)
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This small collection of short stories has so much originality in itself, starting from the combination of an English (former) detective living in Italy. This aspect in itself allows us to compare the personal characteristics of a typically British character in a setting which for him is somehow exotic.
A second element of originality is the choice to write short stories of just a thousand words made for a "stolen" reading in the so-called idle time, for example when travelling by bus or on the tube. This choice represents a small literary experiment that deserves praise apart from all the rest, since it is proposed to a specific target.
The third element of originality is the author, born and raised in Italy, who is wrestling with great skill in his second language, managing to convey to the reader the authority of the mother tongue both in terms of style and for the way in which she is able identify herself in the protagonist Chase Williams.
To all these elements, which would be sufficient to arouse the curiosity of the reader of this genre, you add some great stories, some real pearls, which let themselves be read in a moment, not only for the sake of brevity but also for the ability to capture your attention and force you to go on until the end. And it happens that after the first story you cannot help but move to the second one and then the third one and so on.
After this brief look into the literary world by Stefania Mattana I'd be curious to dive back into it, maybe in a good crime novel.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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There's an old cliche about a book being so good that readers hate to see it end, but that's literally the case, not just once but six times over, in Stefania Mattana's "Cutting Right to the Chase." This collection of six flash fiction tales, each about three to five pages long, lets readers into the world of its detective hero for only a brief, and in some cases too brief, but very well written moment.

"Chase" recounts some of the exploits of Chase Williams, a semi-retired Scotland Yard detective who now resides in the small Italian city of Tursenia. He still advises the police, but, in these stories, he's trying to catch shoplifters and petty con artists instead of murderers and drug dealers. Within the geographic confines of Tursenia, however, the stories seem to be set in a wide variety of locales, so each story feels completely different.

I've often felt that flash fiction is the most difficult type of fiction to write because there's simply no room for error. An author can often recover from a slow or confusing page or two in a novel, but such a flaw is fatal in a five-page story. Further, as is the case in "Chase," there's usually very little room in this type of story for character development or intricate plotting. Instead, each story, like a joke told by a stand-up comedian, is simply a setup and a punch line.

Mattana varies this formula somewhat in "Chase," in ways that are both the strength and, to some extent, the weakness of the stories in this collection. I can't recall ever having read flash fiction stories containing such clever, vivid descriptions as those in "Chase.
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The title of this book, Cutting Right to the Chase definitely sets the tone for this fun read. This is the first book I've read by author Stefania Mattana and this short story collection is a stimulating change from my usual reading.

Chase Williams' investigative skills are alive and well despite his relocation to Italy and change of career. Ex Scotland Yard investigator Williams detects the unusual in what appear to be very typical human behaviors, analyzes the situations, tracks his 'unsuspecting suspects' and with minimal effort solves crimes.

Mattana is credited with developing a story line and solving a mystery in 1000 words--not an easy task! Each of her stories is unique and refreshing. She ensures that Investigator Chase Williams' scientific exploration of each crime stops just short of moralizing; "I'm not here to judge you, I'm here to warn you."

I'm impressed with Ms. Mattana's easy style of writing; the stories flow one to the other. I can't wait to read Volume 2 of the Chase Williams series. Kudos Ms. Mattana on a job well done!
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