8 March 2012 5 Comments

Blogs love my Mozart book — and Glasgow and Calcutta do too

My latest novel Mozart’s Last Aria has been getting still more excellent reviews on fiction blogs. I’ve noticed that people like the fact that it brings to life Mozart’s times and his music — and that I do this through a relatively unknown female character, the great composer’s supremely talented and often overlooked older sister, Nannerl. Here’s what Fresh Fiction says:

The Baroque world of Mozart’s time is beautifully resurrected through the exquisitely detailed writing of Matt Rees. MOZART’S LAST ARIA not only brings the bustling life of eighteenth-century Vienna to life, but Rees created an impressively complex mystery which leaves Nannerl in a state of disturbing paranoia as each character becomes a possible suspect. Mozart fan or not, MOZART’S LAST ARIA is a splendid mystery which stands on its own.

Book Reviews.com suggests reading the novel alongside the music:

Treat yourself to a few days of entertaining reading and some glorious music.

It’s not only in the blogosphere that Mozart’s Last Aria gets the thumbs up. The Glasgow Herald says the book is “very well researched and vividly realised.” A nice long article in The Telegraph of Calcutta, India, finds the “book… engaging both as crime fiction and as an essay into Mozart’s last days. It is also based on detailed reading on Mozart’s life.”

I’m delighted that reviewers — and readers — are enjoying the book. It helps keep my enthusiasm up for the book I’m currently writing!

5 Responses to “Blogs love my Mozart book — and Glasgow and Calcutta do too”

  1. Maria 8 March 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    That’s great to hear: about the reviews and the new book.
    Thank you for your work Matt!

  2. Matt Beynon Rees 9 March 2012 at 12:46 am #

    My work and the pleasure I get out of it is thanks enough. But I appreciate yours very much, too, Maria!

  3. Carol Wong 11 March 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I would love to do a review of your book and post it on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, Library Thing and Shelfari. I still haven’t received it though. I won it on your blog on December 18, 2011. I wrote you previously but haven’t received an answer. I would still love to read your book. Please see a copy and paste of my e-mail plus links showing the date.

    Hi Matt,

    Your son, Cai, drew me as one of the winners and I replied back but I haven’t heard anything.

    Here is my mailing address again:

    Carol Wong
    703 Bluebonnet Drive
    Allen, TX 75002-4436

    I am looking forward to hearing from you. I am very interested in reading your book.





  4. Matt Beynon Rees 11 March 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Dear Carol, Thanks for being in touch. It appears there was some kind of problem with my email, because I didn’t receive your note. I’m delighted that you persisted! And I shall be sending you a copy of the book today. Glad you won the competition, and looking forward to hearing what you think of the book. Enjoy it! Matt

  5. Carol Wong 12 March 2012 at 6:54 am #

    Dear Matt,
    Thank you very much.


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