>That’s tough, I can be many things! Let’s go with ‘British’, ‘stubborn’ and ‘nice’
I’ve been told you were a detective back in London, while now you work in an office for a textile/fashion company in Italy. Why did you pick the cop career in the first place?
>Mine it’s the third generation of cops in my family. My grandfather was a RAF pilot and war veteran as well as my big brother Ralph. My father is the renown (!) Sergeant Williams of Scotland Yard, so I’d let everybody down if I hadn’t apply for a cop job.
So you was forced to do so, didn’t you?
>I wouldn’t say so, no. Nobody would never force me to do anything at home, especially my mother. She hates the cops’ life. She’s always worried for all of us getting injured or killed, and so Ralph’s wife. I chose to be a detective because it’s in our family blood. We belonged to that.
You show quite an attachment to the badge. So why did you end up in Italy behind a desk? Have you been pushed to quit the MET Police?
>Let’s put it that way: it was a mutual decision from both sides, mine and Scotland Yard’s. Sometimes it’s better to end a marriage before it turns to a nightmare. I couldn’t fit the position anymore and Scotland Yard wasn’t happy about me either.
I know another version of this story, though, about you being kicked out and your father covering a hot case you screwed badly.
>Gossip. People like creating fuzz about silly matters.
Mmmm. I see. I feel you’re not comfortable about that topic so let’s skip to another one. You mentioned the ladies of your family being worried about their men’s safety. What about your woman, if there’s any?
>I used to have a girlfriend in London but we broke up. Not a happy story at all as she cheated on me - I have nothing to be ashamed of and I’m totally cool with that right now.
Sorry to hear that. This means you’re available on the market for the Italian ladies outside?
>If they dare to, yes. Normally Italian girls are quite attracted by foreigners at first but then lose interest because we’re different than Italian men [he sighs]
Speaking about Italy, why did you choose the little-known Tursenia instead of bigger, more popular cities?
When I decided to move out London, Italy was my first choice. I could speak a little bit of Italian (which was definitely better than the French I learnt at school) and my best friend lives in Italy, in Tursenia precisely. Since he was also the only person I used to know in Italy at that time, the choice was pretty much mandatory to me.
Your best friend is Tursenia’s Police Inspector Angelo Alunni. How did you meet?
>Our fathers met back in the Sixties during some kind of training/cooperations between Scotland Yard and Italian Police forces. They got along very well and kept the relationship after the training. I used to go to Angelo’s pretty much every summer and he used to come to London pretty often as well. He’s basically family to me.
What’s your favourite thing about Italy and the one you don’t like at all?
>It’s difficult to say. You know, sometimes what I like the most can be also the worst one. Take the food, or the culture, for instance: they’re really different than mine and I can equally love and hate them in pieces. I’m not a keen blogger, but this is precisely the topic of my most popular post. If I have to pick one good thing and one bad thing overall, I’d say the landscapes as a good thing and the Tursenians driving skills as the most disgraceful one.
I reckon your lifestyle has sensibly changed since you moved to Italy. What aspect has changed the most and why?
>I’d like to say the detective side but Angelo always drags me in his most complicated murder cases, so mysteries and investigations are still part of my life. I’m always the same restless guy I used to be in London. In Italy, though, I found real friends. My lifestyle has improved on the human side: living in a smaller city than London allows me to nurture stronger social relationships. People come and go less often, in my neighbourhood there are fellas who have been lived there for more than forty years - that’s unbelievable to me.
In conclusion, can you tell us anything about your close future? Would you be willing to join the Italian Police Force one fine day?
>Oh, no way! Even if I get the Italian citizenship, I will never join any Police Force ever again. I’m going to stay the way I am now - a former cop who snoops around every now and then. If Angelo asks me for some support or backup I’m pretty much in to help him out, but I won’t be a full time cop or a private detective anymore. I’m done with that.
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Chase Williams's life seems to be filled with crimes and mysteries to solve, even if he is not working at Scotland Yard anymore. In Tursenia, a pretty, Medieval city in the heart of Italy, Chase tries to live a normal life as an import/export executive for an international cashmere firm, but it's not as easy as it appears.
Chase's investigative eye never stops catching glimpses of crimes despite his career change. Throughout these six detective short stories of 1000 words each, Chase deals with a sequence of mainly minor but baffling offences that anyone could stumble upon.
Strange flights, teenagers at the mall, quirky neighbours and a special mission with Chase's childhood friend, Inspector Angelo Alunni, will introduce you to the Tursenian world, where other, nastier crimes can happen.
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The saga of unusual crimes on which ex Scotland Yard detective Chase Williams stumbles every day continues. It's all about Chase's snooping abilities and his exceptional perceptiveness from which nothing escapes.
10 detective short stories of 1000 words each, where proud prostitutes alternate with young lovers, sloppy drug dealers, hunting dogs, elderly people tired of living, amazing chefs and, as usual, Chase's neighbors who are always gossipy, fanatically religious and very nosey.
10 open, shiny windows overlooking the less dramatic crime stories of Tursenia, a Medieval town in the heart of Italy, where a former detective like Chase Williams - now dedicated to living his placid office lifestyle - can get a run for his money. Anyone and everyone could be a criminal. And Chase well knows it.
Volume 3 of the Chase Williams flash fiction series delivers yet another brilliant batch of ten short mystery stories of 1,000 words each. Ten fast-paced detective stories, ten dark portraits of seemingly serene Tursenia. Central Italy is not all medieval towns, stunning art and lovely food: mysteries swirl and crimes lurk in the labyrinth of alleys in the historic city centre not so far from the tourist routes.
Chase investigates offences perpetrated by normal people whom you would never imagine could hide a dark criminal mind, hence making them all the harder to nail.
Chase flanks Inspector Angelo Alunni again whilst solving bloody murder mysteries and cold cases, as well as extraordinarily topical daily dramas. This is a superb collection of short stories to read either one at a time when you can snatch a few minutes, or altogether when you have more time.
Chase Williams is looking forward to a solitary week off, away from the office, when he is dragged into a strange murder mystery by his friend, Inspector Angelo Alunni.
Piero Galli has died as a result of a chandelier falling on him and breaking his neck. It looks like an accident, but Alunni is not convinced: so who killed Galli?
Despite his plans for a vacation, Chase ends up in a detective story; he has to unravel the knots in a high ranking family of Tursenia, a Medieval city in the heart of Italy, where appearances always come first and foremost, especially if you are wealthy.
As well as rough-necked youths, an interrupted wedding and a handful of noisy dogs, Chase has to cope with that Italian classic: meddling neighbours.
This is a cozy mystery novella where attention to even the tiniest detail could make the difference between leaving a killer on the loose or bringing him or her to justice.
Will Chase take down the assassin before there are more deaths?
What do cycling and target shooting have in common? Why is someone picking off young Olympic hopefuls?
Two cyclists in the Junior Italian National Team have been inexplicably shot. A month later Junior Target Shooting National Team member is killed by a high-precision shot to his forehead. A very complicated crime story is waiting for Chase Williams and Inspector Angelo Alunni.
Angelo and Chase are helped by a ballistics expert from Rome, Gianmarco Betti. A series of discoveries, lies and unspoken truths gradually whittle away at the shortlist of suspects until we reach the thrilling conclusion. This is a truly perfect murder mystery. Perhaps.
Chase faces the case with his usual inquisitive attitude as well as his brilliant attention to detail. He also has to deal with his previous life in London as a junior Scotland Yard detective, where he caused an incident he can’t forgive himself for or ever forget.
Who’s going to pull the trigger?