5 July 2011 2 Comments


My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA is already out in the UK. The US edition will be released in November by HarperCollins. This is the wonderful cover Harper has produced for the book. The action of the novel takes place in December 1791. Anyone who’s been to Vienna in December will know that the snow […]

2 July 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: The Requiem

In my novel about the death of the great composer, I knew I’d have to give a central position to Mozart’s Requiem, his most powerful piece of music and the one that’s most laden with death — perhaps, indeed, his own. So, in MOZART’S LAST ARIA, there’s a key scene set in the crypt below […]

29 June 2011 0 Comments

Using real locations in historical fiction

London classical music guru Mark Berry has a guest post from me on his excellent Boulezian blog. I write about how my task as a historical novelist was aided by the period locations still surviving in Vienna, when I wrote my new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I also write more about some of those places […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: The story behind the writing of MOZART’S LAST ARIA

In the third of my podcasts I describe the story behind my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I tell how I became interested in Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, while traveling in the mountains of Austria; how I developed the idea for my novel with the help of great musicians; how I researched […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Review: MOZART’S LAST ARIA absorbing, unpredictable, page turner

British composer and top classical music blogger Robert Hugill reviews my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. He describes it as “absorbing,” unpredictable and “a real page turner.” It’s very gratifying to me that this terrific classical musician should appreciate the way I write about the performance of Wolfgang’s music in the novel. I worked […]

22 June 2011 0 Comments

Roll over Amadeus: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘a cracking read’

Novelist, journalist and classical music blogger Jessica Duchen has an interview with me about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on her excellent blog today, which she titles “Roll Over Amadeus.” Wish I’d thought of the headline. (Well, now it’s on my blog anyhow!) Here’s how she introduces her interview: “A musical thriller landed on […]

10 June 2011 0 Comments

Guest posts on writing about music

I wrote guest posts for two top UK classical music blogs this week. In different ways they both examine how I went about writing…about music. Though it mightn’t be obvious, one of the most challenging aspects of writing MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my new historical thriller about the great composer’s death, was to give an account […]

3 June 2011 0 Comments

Sexy classical music and crime novels

When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.” The joke, […]

4 May 2011 0 Comments

A Bloodthirsty Masonic Oath: Matt reads from MOZART’S LAST ARIA

Wolfgang’s sister believes his membership of an illegal lodge of Freemasons put him in danger. Then she stumbles across a secret meeting of Masons and understands just how severe his jeopardy was. The fourth reading from MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my historical thriller about the death of the great composer. Watch more videos about the book.

3 May 2011 0 Comments

‘It’s too dangerous…’

Wolfgang’s Masonic brother Stadler seems to confirm for sister Nannerl that her brother was living dangerously… A third reading from my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Watch more videos about the book.