Archive | May, 2008

31 May 2008 0 Comments

‘Collaborator of Bethlehem’ nominated for Barry Award

The first in my Palestinian crime series The Collaborator of Bethlehem (UK title The Bethlehem Murders) has been nominated for a Barry Award–honors organized by Deadly Pleasures, the top American mystery fans magazine. The novel is nominated in the Best First Novel section. It follows The Collaborator of Bethlehem‘s nomination for Best Mystery in the […]

26 May 2008 0 Comments

Jerusalem Report: ‘a first-class yarn and unique insight’

The Jerusalem Report’s current edition includes a great review/interview on my second Palestinian crime novel, A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders). Editor Avi Hoffmann writes: “If you’re a detective-thriller fan and you’re interested in the Middle East, then you’ve come to the right book. In his second novel on the seamy side […]

22 May 2008 0 Comments

Blog buzz builds for Omar Yussef series

The buzz on blogs surrounding my crime series about Palestinian detective Omar Yussef continues to build. The books feature in reviews on at least three blogs and book review sites just today. The particularly gratifying thing is that most of these bloggers are individuals who’ve read the book or independent bookstores, so it’s clear that […]

21 May 2008 0 Comments

Bookreporter: ‘Add Rees and Yussef to your must-read list’

At the Bookreporter.com site you’ll find a terrific review by Joe Hartlaub of the second Omar Yussef Mystery, A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders), which describes it as a “must-read”: http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews2/9781569474723.asp Here’s the full review: Omar Yussef is a decent man in a very bad place. He is the principal and teacher […]

16 May 2008 0 Comments

GroundReport: Read Omar Yussef Mystery for Israel’s 60th

GroundReport — a popular blog where writers earn money according to their story’s traffic — has published a profile of me by Italian journalist Selene Verri. She suggests that, as Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary as a state, the best books to read are my Palestinian detective novels. Here’s Selene’s full piece:http://www.groundreport.com/Media_and_Tech/Matt-Rees