Archive | October, 2011

31 October 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA published in US

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is out Nov. 1 in the US, published by HarperCollins. The book has earned terrific reviews from top writers like Tess Gerritsen, who says it’s a “fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read.” NPR compares it to The Da Vinci Code, and Kirkus Reviews says it “will delight fans of […]

31 October 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA book trailer

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is narrated by the great composer’s sister Nannerl. After her brother dies, Nannerl comes to Vienna to find out how it happened. She uncovers some sinister characters and a secret hidden in The Magic Flute. The book’s published in the US Nov. 1 by HarperCollins. Here’s a trailer for […]

31 October 2011 0 Comments

Me, Mozart and the intifada

If there had never been a Palestinian intifada, I might never have written my novel about the death of Mozart, MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which is published Nov. 1 in the US by HarperCollins. Of course, 4,000 people would also be alive who are now dead. In the course of writing about that destruction between 2000 […]

27 October 2011 3 Comments

The Crime Writer’s Alter Ego

James Ellroy went out to dinner a few years ago with some French journalists in Paris. One of the journalists later recounted to me how Ellroy pressed them to take him out to Pigalle, which is a sort-of Red Light district. With distaste, they agreed. “Okay,” growled the Demon Dog, “so which one of you […]

25 October 2011 0 Comments

Marie Claire: MOZART’S LAST ARIA ‘sumptuous historical whodunit’

More terrific reviews for my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. This from the forthcoming US edition of Marie Claire: Award-winning British novelist Matt Rees cleverly weaves music, crime, and conspiracy into a sumptuous historical whodunit, set against the decadent backdrop of 18th-century Vienna.

24 October 2011 2 Comments

Salon: My Sharon essay excerpted

I’ve an essay on Ariel Sharon and his irresistible appetites — culinary and political — in a book out this week called Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food during Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents. My essay is excerpted on and elicited some responses from people who were too daft to see […]

23 October 2011 3 Comments

Library Journal: MOZART’S LAST ARIA animates Mozart’s life and times

It’s always important to get good reviews in the main pre-publication journals in the US, to get booksellers interested and to arouse the interest of the literary press (such as it is, these days). I’ve already had a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and a terrific review in Publishers Weekly for my new book MOZART’S […]

16 October 2011 2 Comments

The Australian: MOZART’S LAST ARIA fresh spin on great composer’s demise

A great review of my latest novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA in The Australian, the top newspaper Down Under, is the latest in a number of articles to compare the book to the work of Dan “Da Vinci Code” Brown: Code-breaking a la Dan Brown and probing the dark corners of 18th-century Austria, Rees concocts a […]

14 October 2011 0 Comments

Hacks Gorging on the Job

When I first became a journalist, a great revelation was the free food people gave me. Coming from a home in which, my mother would freely admit, the most exciting culinary moments came when the oil in the chip pan caught fire, gourmet stuff on someone else’s tab was a considerable career incentive. For example, […]

7 October 2011 4 Comments

Podcast: Guided Meditation for Writers

This is a guided meditation for writers. Sit or lie down and listen to it. Do what I suggest in the podcast, and you’ll be meditating. I’ve used meditation techniques to help my concentration and to build my creativity in writing my award-winning crime fiction and historical novels. I’ve also found it transformative in my […]