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Into the Killer Sphere: a Chase Williams murder mystery (Chase Williams detective stories Book 1) by [Mattana, Stefania]
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"A delightful detective story written for a female audience. All the elements combine perfectly to give it a light, and skillful touch. There's enough spanners thrown into the works, mmmm...if some tools can be called spanners...to make it a wonderful adventure in trying to figure out the clues" - Margitte Meyer for The Kindle Book Review

"Mattana writes a good old time mystery. It is not a CSI type book or a detective who crosses the line the get his man. Into the Killer Sphere is a mystery, safe (and clean) enough for all ages and yet engaging enough for adults looking for some light reading." - Joseph Spuckler for Evil Cyclist's Bookshelf

"Stefania Mattana takes you on a dark tour of the medieval Italian city of Tursenia [...] Intriguing, dark and mysterious, Into the Killer Sphere in an excellent addition to the Chase Williams series and will keep you 'in the dark' until the very last page is turned." - Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

"The key thing is as you read the book you get introduced to a well written story. One that can be a throwback to those well written detective stories by other great authors. Either way it's a good read or something that mystery readers will enjoy. Also due to the way it is written fans of other genres should also find this a great quick read." - Shawn Micallef for The Knightmist Blog

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 
chasetwilliams dot com

Product Details

  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FITRTQ6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After getting to know Chase Williams in the short stories of "Cutting Right to the Chase", I was looking forward to seeing this character dealing with a real case, with a complex story, to find out how he would fare. Our Chase in this "Into the Killer Sphere" (another title with a double meaning, which in itself is a small masterpiece) finds himself before the classic murder that took place in the context of a rich family, whose members, without exception, seem to be the suspects, because of their ambiguous behaviour and for the fact that they can benefit in some way from the death their relative. Yet it's all very bizarre, starting with how the victim is dead, and actually the story focuses much more on the "how" than on the "who", which at some point can be understood by an especially careful reader.
Chase with his awkward manners, which maybe bring the suspects to underestimate him (another element of classic detective stories), however, conceals a unique insight in following the traces, even the most insignificant ones, and coming to a solution, whilst the reader is unable to stand behind his reasoning, only to be caught by surprise with the final revelation. The reader would never come to it, although it was all in front of their eyes, as in the tradition of the great detective stories.
Congratulations to Stefania, this Sardinian Agatha Christie who follows admirably the tracks of this great writer and, I am sure, will make us live yet many fun adventures on the streets of Tursenia.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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By Annalisa on October 15, 2013
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After reading "Cutting Right to the Chase", I was super excited to see the release of this new e-book featuring the charming and mysterious detective Chase Williams. Though, to be honest, I was expecting to get to know a bit more about his past life... Maybe in the next book!

This time it was nice to see Stefania Mattana challenging herself with a longer and more complex text. It was also nice to find again all of the characters from her older short stories.

The story is very well-written and the plot is incredibly clever. I couldn't understand who the murderer was till the very last bit of the book (that is - when it's actually revealed!), even if I tried to pay attention to the smallest details. I won't say anything to avoid any possible spoiler.

I love Mattana's writing style because it's smooth but polished at the same time. Now I'll patiently wait for her next book and for more glimpses of Chase's life in Italy.

I suggest you get this e-book - if you like crime stories it won't disappoint you, and the price is ridiculous for such good quality.
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I mildly enjoyed this little drama but it was a bit too predictable. The detective Chase was not thoroughly fleshed out as a character; the local police were easier to identify with and I quite like the lead inspector. Since almost the entire story takes place in the villa, it became more of a play than novel.
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Into the Killer Sphere: a Chase Williams cozy mystery novella by Stefania Mattana is another great read!

I really had a great time reading previous books by Stefania Mattana. Her character, Chase, is British and a former detective of Scotland Yard, but now he lives in Italy. In this third book Chase is called to help Alunni to solve the murder of Piero Galli, a wealthy resident of Tursenia. It appears to be an accident. But Chase always sees what others do not and now the investigation is a foot. Chase is a nice guy that only a killer would find hard not to like.

Stefania Mattana writes another great mystery novel. I love her smooth flowing writing that is entertaining with that mystery aspect that all murder novels should have.

Highly recommended and I cannot wait to read more of this author's writings in the future.
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INTO THE KILLER SPHERE is a light, entertaining read with a dark side. Chase Williams is looking forward to a little time off from work when his friend Inspector Angelo Alunni convinces him to visit an accident scene because Alluni suspects murder. Wealthy Piero Galli died from a broken neck when a chandelier fell on him. All seems clear until Williams digs deeper into Galli's family dynamics - everyone had a reason to want poor Galli dead! Or was it really Galli they were after?

A fun, fast-paced story set in beautiful small town Italy. The characters are well-developed and come across as perfectly real - from the kind and helpful to the grumpy. Well worth the read.
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Former Scotland Yard detective Chase Williams is asked to help,in a murder case in Italy.

Excellent detective story,humorous at times,fast moving,plenty of twists and turns.

I enjoyed Cutting Right to the Chase another of this authors works,downloaded this and was not disappointed.

Very interesting to me being an Australian to be able to gain more information on some aspects of Italian life style.

Again a great fast paced detective story which I would recommend to others to read.
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Into the Killer Sphere: a Chase Williams cozy mystery novella (Chase Williams detective stories) by Stefania Mattana

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For the lovers of crime tales this one will keep you flipping the pages. Into the Killer Sphere is another fantastic and thrilling story from Mattana taking Chase Williams on his sleuthing adventures.

As with the other two books in the Chase Williams series, there are well detailed scenes and all are nicely written pulling the reader into the stories.

Well paced throughout and will keep you wanting more from this author 5*****
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