Archive | July, 2011

25 July 2011 0 Comments

Shots sold on MOZART’S LAST ARIA

Shots Ezine has an interview with me. The excellent Laura Harman has me talking about the centrality of music to the plot and the writing of MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my new historical thriller about the death of the great composer. We also chatted about the relevance of Mozart’s music to our lives today and how […]

25 July 2011 0 Comments

New Declan Burke gets Banville approval

One of the best crime fiction bloggers on the web also happens to be one of the most innovative and compelling writers of…crime fiction. Irishman Declan Burke, who pens the Crime Always Pays blog, has a new novel out. Absolute Zero Cool promises “a postmodern take on the crime thriller genre.” Booker Prize-winner John Banville, […]

22 July 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA sorts historical fiction author’s summer reading

Philip Sington, author of the excellent historical thriller “The Einstein Girl,” has great things to say about my own new venture into that world, MOZART’S LAST ARIA. It’s great to have such praise from a writer of great style and craft! Here’s what he says: Matt Rees is one of the most stylish crime writers […]

22 July 2011 0 Comments

UK book blog: MOZART’S LAST ARIA ‘cleverly put together’

The excellent literary (and film) blog Floor to Ceiling Books has a terrific review of my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which includes this: “It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that is as cleverly put together as Mozart’s Last Aria. I appreciated the rising tension, the slow build as Nannerl starts […]

21 July 2011 0 Comments

Do you feel lucky? — Crime writer has a blast, uncovers bloodlust

I’ve tried to do everything the characters in my books do. I’ve roamed the alleys of Bethlehem’s refugee camps. I’ve had clandestine meetings with gunrunners in Gaza. I’ve risked diabetes to eat syrupy Palestinian desserts and made them key to the plot of “The Samaritan’s Secret.” I learned piano for “Mozart’s Last Aria.” I picked […]

21 July 2011 0 Comments

FT: ‘Omar Yussef is one of crime fiction’s most original protagonists’

Adam Lebor, a superb thriller-writer in his own right, picks some top summer thriller reads in the Financial Times this week (where there’s also a big profile of Lee Child). Adam very kindly includes one of my Omar Yussef mysteries, The Saladin Murders (US title: A Grave in Gaza). Here’s what he writes: There are […]

14 July 2011 2 Comments

Lost ‘News of the World’ Scoop: MOZART MURDERED!

*Editor’s note: The Man of Twists and Turns has obtained the text of a major exclusive which was set to appear in The News of the World in London this week. However, News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old tabloid to dampen a scandal over its reporters hacking into private voicemails, use of […]

10 July 2011 0 Comments

Reviews: MOZART’S LAST ARIA one for fans of crime and historical fiction

Two terrific reviews for my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA on UK fiction blogs. First, here’s something from the review on Novel Suggestions: The language, and political and religious backdrops that underpin the story work well to draw you in to the period setting of the late eighteenth century, and I also found the author’s […]

7 July 2011 0 Comments

Writing Tip #94: Historical figures in the novel — as long as they’re dead

I dislike the law and I have little interest in ethics. So here’s a post about the ethics and legality of using real characters in fiction, as I do in my latest novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. It’s the one time I’ll bother to write about either subject. In a Fringe Magazine review of MOZART’S LAST […]

5 July 2011 2 Comments


My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA is already out in the UK. The US edition will be released in November by HarperCollins. This is the wonderful cover Harper has produced for the book. The action of the novel takes place in December 1791. Anyone who’s been to Vienna in December will know that the snow […]