4 September 2011 2 Comments

PW: MOZART’S LAST ARIA combines Dan Brown, Elizabeth Kostova

My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA will be out in the US at the beginning of November. Publishers Weekly has the first pre-publication review, and it’s a great one:

In this engaging, well-paced book from crime novelist and journalist Rees (The Collaborator of Bethlehem), Mozart’s estranged sister, Madame Maria Anna Berchtold von Sonnenburg (called Nannerl by her family), travels to Vienna to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her brother’s sudden death. According to Nannerl’s sister-in-law Constanze, Mozart had premonitions of murder before he died. In Vienna, Nannerl finds a web of deception, scandal, and fear revolving around the colorful, dangerous Freemasons, implicating Mozart in shadowy activities and pointing to his death by poison. Meanwhile, Nannerl’s own musical career—once overshadowed by her prodigy brother’s—is revived as she pays tribute to his compositions. Despite her reservations, she finds herself drawn to a powerful baron, himself caught up in all the intrigue. Combining Dan Brown or Elizabeth Kostova–style historical conspiracy theory with cozy detective novel, Rees’s latest offers a genuinely felt reverence for the power of Mozart’s music and its lasting impact in the world.

2 Responses to “PW: MOZART’S LAST ARIA combines Dan Brown, Elizabeth Kostova”

  1. Tom Mulrooney 5 September 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Congratulations on these plaudits, Matt. Your plotting and theme may be comparable to that of Mr. Brown, but your prose is on an altogether higher level.

  2. Matt Beynon Rees 5 September 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    You’re very kind, TM. My favorite Brownism is the description of the hero in The Da Vinci Code. There’s no description except to say that “he looked like Harrison Ford.” I wonder if they changed that line to “he looked like Tom Hanks” after they made the movie version?

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