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, […]

7 May 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA: director’s cut

All this week I’ve been posting videos of readings from my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA, in which the great composer’s sister investigates his suspicious death. I started the week with a two-minute dramatic costume video about the book. Well, that was a pared down version of the video I made with my friend […]

3 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music Behind my Mozart Novel

The best reason I have for writing a novel about Mozart must surely be that I love his music. Other elements contribute, including my fascination with his neglected sister and the growing historical research which I believe points toward his murder. But the music must be at the center of the novel itself. I’ve played […]

21 April 2011 0 Comments

Book publicity: the full set

In the Royal Navy, there’s only one kind of facial hair allowed. British Tars are either clean shaven or they sport a beard, known in the service as a “full set.” The antipathy to the mustache is no doubt because of its predominance among the rival landlubber officer class (although it could’ve later been its […]