Archive | November, 2011

30 November 2011 0 Comments

Creating a Sense of Imperial Vienna

The blog Page 69 Test asks writers to look at page 69 of their books and demonstrate if/how it’s representative of the entire work. I did this for my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Meanwhile, the book gets a fabulous review on Life is Short, Read Fast: “A powerful story with mystery, romance and amazing […]

29 November 2011 0 Comments

The Other Mozart, No Longer Forgotten

On the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy arts blog, I’ve written a piece about why artistic attention is finally being paid to Nannerl Mozart, sister of the great composer and an important musical figure who was denied “greatness” because of her sex. I’m referring to the new French movie “Mozart’s Sister,” as well as some other […]

29 November 2011 3 Comments

Invited to Speculate about Julia Roberts

Marshal Zeringue’s Campaign for the American reader continues with an invitation for me to speculate about which actress ought to play the lead in a movie version of my new historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. (It’s speculation for now, because movie deals take a long time coming…) Here’s what I wrote (and here are […]

18 November 2011 0 Comments

Road to Here: Mozart novel ‘must-read’

The excellent and influential US literary blog The Road to Here has a great review of my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. “Squirrelqueen” writes: If you love a good mystery the Mozart’s Last Aria is a must-read. I recommend this book to everyone.”

17 November 2011 6 Comments

Renko Rules

This is a crime fiction blog. So we ought to shoot straight. Here it is: there are lots of crappy detective novels out there. Which is why I say thank God for Arkady Renko. The hero of Martin Cruz Smith’s excellent series set in the Soviet Union and, later, Russia (with stops in Cuba, Ukraine, […]

16 November 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s Last Aria reading: ‘I can’t do what you ask. It’s too dangerous.’

Here’s another reading from my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, has come to Vienna to find out how her famous brother really died. In this reading, she learns that Wolfgang may have risked his life…But for what? Watch more videos about the book.

14 November 2011 0 Comments

Examiner: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘magical’

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA gets a fabulous review on So often in even good reviews, a writer finds little weirdnesses coming at him out of left field, and wonders how the reviewer came to such odd conclusions. Well, this is a review where I feel the reviewer, Pamela Kramer, has simply got […]

13 November 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s Last Aria on Fairness Doctrine

Last week I was on The Fairness Doctrine, a terrific US radio show. To hear me talking about my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA with the delightful host Dr. Patrick O’Heffernan, click ahead 15:45 minutes into the show to get to the start of my chat.

13 November 2011 0 Comments

Newport stories — Flash Nonfiction

I was asked to participate in an art project called Ffresh: the Student Moving Image Festival of Wales, which rotates from town to town in Wales. This year it’s in my hometown, Newport. The brief was to write a 50 word factual story about some aspect of the town. My story and those by others […]

13 November 2011 0 Comments

Lost ‘News of the World’ Scoop Reveals Secrets of Mozart’s Death

*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 earlier this year. 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 […]