10 November 2011 4 Comments

NPR recommends Mozart’s Last Aria

NPR includes my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA among its “outstanding selection” of paperbacks for this week, alongside books by Tea Obreht, Walter Mosley and Henning Mankell. “Critics have compared Mozart’s Last Aria to novels of historical conspiracy theories by Dan Brown and Elizabeth Kostova, while praising Rees’ sensitivity to musical and biographical detail,” NPR […]

31 October 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA published in US

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is out Nov. 1 in the US, published by HarperCollins. The book has earned terrific reviews from top writers like Tess Gerritsen, who says it’s a “fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read.” NPR compares it to The Da Vinci Code, and Kirkus Reviews says it “will delight fans of […]

16 October 2011 2 Comments

The Australian: MOZART’S LAST ARIA fresh spin on great composer’s demise

A great review of my latest novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA in The Australian, the top newspaper Down Under, is the latest in a number of articles to compare the book to the work of Dan “Da Vinci Code” Brown: Code-breaking a la Dan Brown and probing the dark corners of 18th-century Austria, Rees concocts a […]

4 September 2011 2 Comments

PW: MOZART’S LAST ARIA combines Dan Brown, Elizabeth Kostova

My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA will be out in the US at the beginning of November. Publishers Weekly has the first pre-publication review, and it’s a great one: In this engaging, well-paced book from crime novelist and journalist Rees (The Collaborator of Bethlehem), Mozart’s estranged sister, Madame Maria Anna Berchtold von Sonnenburg (called Nannerl […]

24 November 2010 0 Comments

Madonna to be Grandma, Dan Brown new book excerpt

MADONNA TO BE GRANDMA Pop superstar Madonna is set to be a grandma, according to people familiar with reproduction. Though her daughter Lourdes is currently only 14 years old, reproductive specialists and experts on Catholic girls say the birth could come within as little as a decade. Fans of the 52-year-old Material Girl are sure […]

6 March 2010 4 Comments

The elusive, graceful future of journalism: Nina Burleigh’s Writing Life

An NPR foreign correspondent pal of mine used to have a list of seven ways for journalists to grow old gracefully. His premise, which is self-evident to anyone who’s been a reporter, was that daily news was an undignified thing to be doing in your 40s. I can’t remember the whole of the list. It […]

18 July 2009 0 Comments

Gimme a Break Dept. #89: He looked like a movie star!

Earlier this week I noted that I dislike writers describing a character as looking like a particular movie star. I cited a few examples from Elmore Leonard (which touched some nerves among fans of the Great Detroit Coolster) and one from Dan Brown. Now I bring you a real corker from The New Yorker. The […]