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 LAST ARIA. In those and other reviews, the book has earned me comparisons to Dan Brown and Elizabeth Kostova. Here’s a bit of the excellent review from Library Journal, with it’s own pair of parallels to me:

Replete with biographical detail and musical references, this novel animates Mozart’s life and times with a varied cast of patrons, lovers, and villains. This absorbing Viennese soap opera is a solid choice for readers who like fiction about historical figures caught up in suspenseful intrigues such as Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club or Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde mysteries.

3 Responses to “Library Journal: MOZART’S LAST ARIA animates Mozart’s life and times”

  1. Ruth Paget 23 October 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Congratulations, Matt Rees.

    I put this comment on another one of your blogs, but feel it is more appropriate here.

    Arturo Perez-Reverte has published some books that engage readers in ways similar to Brown that you might enjoy. Notably, The Seville Communion, Club Dumas, and The Flanders Panel, which requires a good knowledge of chess and painting. The Flanders Panel, in particular, describes the excesses of the Spanish Movida that occurred after Franco’s death in Spain – intriguing reading, especially for women.

    Ruth Paget

  2. Matt Beynon Rees 24 October 2011 at 4:49 am #

    I’m a big Perez-Reverte fan, Ruth. Thanks for pointing out similarities!

  3. Ruth Paget 24 October 2011 at 7:19 am #

    You’re welcome, Matt. Perez-Reverte does a lot of research like you do and is a very sophisticated writer.


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