Archive | February, 2008

24 February 2008 0 Comments

Sunday Telegraph: Stunning sense of place, memorable characters

Here’s the Sunday Telegraph’s review of my latest Omar Yussef Mystery, The Saladin Murders (US title A Grave in Gaza): A seeker of truth and justice Matt Rees’s endearing protagonist, Omar Yussef, is not a detective, but a seeker of truth and justice, both of which seem impossible to find in The Saladin Murders. Omar […]

23 February 2008 0 Comments

Daily Express: Omar Yussef ‘clearly a detective who is here to stay’

Here’s a review in the big UK newspaper The Daily Express of my new crime novel The Saladin Murders (US title: A Grave in Gaza) TRUE GRIT ON A QUEST FOR JUSTICEMatt Rees has embarked on a series rooted in violence Friday February 15,2008 By Peter Burton There was once a time when thrillers could […]

20 February 2008 0 Comments

Dow Jones profiles Rees on Palestinian detective novel, demise of foreign news

Influential New York media writer Jon Friedman profiles me in his column at Dow Jones MarketWatch today. We talked about my new book A Grave in Gaza and why it’s better to write novels about the Middle East than to continue to work as a journalist and watch as foreign news coverage is gradually strangled […]

20 February 2008 0 Comments

Campaign for American Reader highlights A Grave in Gaza

The excellent US blog Campaign for the American Reader highlights my new novel A Grave in Gaza today, noting that its first reviewer calls it “exceptionally fine”:

20 February 2008 0 Comments

Page 69 Test: A Grave in Gaza

Marshal Zeringue’s excellent The Page 69 Test blog features a piece I wrote for him today ( Marshal’s blog is based around the idea that if you turn to page 69 of a book and like it, you’ll also like the book. Here’s how I explained why page 69 of my new novel A Grave […]

19 February 2008 0 Comments

Charlotte Observer: ‘A Grave in Gaza’ Suspenseful, Subtle

The Charlotte News-Observer has a great review of my new Omar Yussef mystery, A Grave in Gaza: A Grave in Gaza is the second in a series (following the successful The Collaborator of Bethlehem) featuring Palestinian history teacher and school principal Omar Yussef as its unlikely sleuth. This time, while on an inspection tour of […]

13 February 2008 0 Comments

Solace: the music to my noir video

At a reading in New York last night, I was asked who recorded the music to the noir video I posted on Youtube to showcase my latest Palestinian detective novel A Grave in Gaza (The Saladin Murders in the UK). The music is by a group called Solace and can be found on the excellent […]

9 February 2008 0 Comments

My Portuguese-language supporters club

One of my U.S. readers and correspondents, Clara Castelar, who’s of Brazilian origin, has gone to the trouble of putting a video on Youtube in which she urges people (in Portuguese) to read my new book. You can see her video at: Clara’s blog is: The first of my Omar Yussef Mysteries has […]

9 February 2008 0 Comments

Rees to appear at Jewish Book Week, London, Feb. 27

I’ll be appearing at the London Jewish Book Week alongside Jonathan Freedland, who writes for The Guardian and is the author of a couple of successful thrillers. We’re billed to discuss what prompted us — as journalists — to write mystery/thriller fiction, and also to talk about the Middle East, politics and fiction in general. […]

9 February 2008 0 Comments Omar "a charming curmudgeon"; my 2nd novel "shouldn’t be missed"

The independent book blog gives a terrific assessment of my new Omar Yussef Mystery, A Grave in Gaza (UK title: The Saladin Murders), calling it “literate and completely absorbing.” Here’s some more from the review:“The character of Omar is a wonderful lead for any book. In no way is he a crime-fighting, muscular force […]