Archive | February, 2009

28 February 2009 0 Comments

Milwaukee Sentinel: THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET "literate entertaining read"

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a gratifying review of my new Palestinian crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET by Carole E. Barrowman, an English professor at Alverno College. Here it is: Once in a while, a book rises to the top of my stacks and after I read it, I’m mad that I left it buried […]

28 February 2009 0 Comments

West England paper: Rees writes "genre-busting crime series"

The Western Morning News, a regional newspaper serving Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, gives THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET a great review. Here it is: If you haven’t yet entered the colourful, chaotic, tragi-comic world of amateur Palestinian detective Omar Yussef, then take a satisfying plunge with the third in this genre-busting crime series. With a race-against-time plot […]

28 February 2009 0 Comments

Memories of blood and corpses

A foreign correspondent builds memories out of blood and corpses. Often they turn to nightmares. While working on my second Palestinian crime novel, A Grave in Gaza, I sometimes wept as I wrote. I used to think that meant I was a damned good writer. Now I know it was my trauma, collected over a […]

25 February 2009 0 Comments

Israeli paper finds ‘vivid picture of Palestinian life’ in THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET

In the liberal Israeli daily Ha’aretz, Carol Novis reviews the third of my Palestinian crime novels THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET. I’m happy that she doesn’t view my novel as coming down on one side or the other in the conflict here. I think of my novels as humanist, filtering out the politics that makes people see […]

21 February 2009 0 Comments

West Sussex paper rates Omar Yussef colorful, chaotic

In the lastest issue of the West Sussex County Times, my new Palestinian crime novel “The Samaritan’s Secret” gets this lovely review: “If you haven’t yet entered the colourful, chaotic, tragi-comic world of amateur Palestinian detective Omar Yussef, then take a satisfying plunge with the third in this genre-busting crime series. With a race-against-time plot […]

21 February 2009 0 Comments

Abu Dhabi paper recommends The Samaritan’s Secret

In the Abu Dhabi newspaper “The National” my new crime novel THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET gets an excellent review. Here’s a little of it:‘Rees’s ambitions for the genre are lofty. As Omar sadly notes: “Detectives are like the cloth that polishes a tarnished piece of silverware. The silver is displayed proudly, shining and admired. The cloth […]

21 February 2009 0 Comments

BookLoons: Samaritan’s Secret ‘vivid and candid’

The BookLoons blog reviews THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET, the third of my Palestinian crime novels. Here’s what reviewer Tim Davis writes:“As an enthusiastically recommended murder mystery that has an intriguing plot, complex characterizations, compelling themes, and fascinating settings, The Samaritan’s Secret goes a step further in being an usually vivid and candid portrayal of what might […]

20 February 2009 0 Comments

Global Post features Matt on Nablus, the Samaritans

The new U.S. website Global Post, which aims to provide Americans with the foreign news that they’re missing since their newspapers fired almost all their international correspondents, features a series of stories by me. They’re intended as introductions to my new Palestinian crime novel, THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET, colorful features about life for the Palestinians who […]

18 February 2009 0 Comments

Mysterious Reviews: The Samaritan’s Secret "one of the best mysteries of the year"

The Mystery Books News blog has an advance notice of a great review of THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET, the third of my Palestinian crime novels, today. It’ll be published in Mysterious Reviews and includes this:“The intricate plot, memorable characters, expressive narrative, and relentless pacing will no doubt cause The Samaritan’s Secret to be remembered as one […]

17 February 2009 0 Comments

The Sowetan: the most unlikely detective in modern whodunnits

There’s a review of The Samaritan’s Secret, the third of my Palestinian crime novels, in The Sowetan, South Africa, today by Nthabisang Moreosele. I’m rather delighted with it. “Omar Yussef is the most unlikely detective in modern whodunnits. He does not study fingerprints, collect physical evidence or check alibis…He believes that one must intervene in […]