Archive | December, 2011

29 December 2011 0 Comments

Crime Fiction’s Best First Paragraphs: 3

Georges Simenon wrote “L’Affaire Saint Fiacre” (“Maigret Goes Home”) in 1932. It’s one of the first of the 103 novels involved Inspector Jules Maigret. You can tell from books like this that the writer was a bit of a bastard. And we ought to be grateful for that. The opening of “Saint Fiacre” (I’m going […]

28 December 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s brains and Caravaggio’s balls

I’ve a guest post on the Fresh Fiction blog and also there’s an interview with me on the CBS columnist Jeff Glor’s blog about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Read the Fresh Fiction post to find out why I don’t think Mozart was an idiot. Read the CBS post to see why I think […]

22 December 2011 2 Comments

The Best First Paragraphs in Crime Fiction: Part 2

I’m writing this in a plain office in the corner of a building that was described by the realtor as “exclusive,” though it doesn’t exclude despondent ultra-Orthodox Jews panhandling for cash, plumbers who break all the pipes you hadn’t called them to fix, or the cheerful lady who lets her dog pee in the elevator. […]

16 December 2011 0 Comments

Bookreporter: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘elegant’; Rees ‘gently eccentric’

A very nice review of my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on Bookreporter.com has this to say, among other amusing and insightful observations: Music is notoriously difficult to capture in prose; Matt Rees tries valiantly, elegantly, and for the most part successfully to do justice to a composer who is regarded — and not just […]

15 December 2011 0 Comments

The Best First Paragraphs in Crime Fiction: Part 1

If you have a lot of time to waste, you never judge a book by its cover. But don’t try telling me you don’t judge it by its first paragraph. What makes a great first paragraph? And which are the greatest? We all have favorites, some of which have become clichéd –– as happens to […]

9 December 2011 0 Comments

Two more blogs love Mozart’s Last Aria

My new novel Mozart’s Last Aria has two great reviews on the blogs Reading Lark and Life in the Thumb. I’m delighted because these are the places readers go these days to find out what’s hot. It’s a sign of growing word-of-mouth for the novel. Reading Lark gives it an “I Love It” tag and […]

8 December 2011 0 Comments

Book giveaway winners!

My son Cai has completed the draw for the winners of my MOZART’S LAST ARIA book giveaway. As predicted, Cai’s name was the first out of the hat (which took some organizing, I’ll tell you), but he agreed to forgo a copy of my novel so long as I let him watch Charlie and Lola […]

5 December 2011 0 Comments

Reading Olen Steinhauer, Barry Unsworth; interview with a Dark Mind

My pal detective novelist B.R. Stateham features an interview with me on his blog In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham. He asked some very interesting questions about how a writer does what he does. I hope my answers are interesting too. The fabulous Campaign for the American Reader of Marshal Zeringue features me on […]

2 December 2011 1 Comment

Mystery Scene: ‘resounding bravo’ for MOZART’S LAST ARIA

I am, as they say back in the UK, chuffed as hell that Mystery Scene magazine gives my new novel an absolutely terrific review. Reviewer Sue Emmons says MOZART’S LAST ARIA deserves “a resounding bravo.” Sue also calls it “beautifully written and diligently researched. Rees makes the musical realm of Mozart sparkle with intrigue.” Well, […]

2 December 2011 35 Comments

Signed book giveaway for anniversary of Mozart’s death

This Monday, December 5, is the anniversary of the day in 1791 when Wolfgang Mozart, the greatest composer the world has ever known, died at age 35. To commemorate the occasion, I’m giving away five copies of my new historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, in which Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl goes to the Imperial capital […]