21 May 2008 0 Comments

Bookreporter: ‘Add Rees and Yussef to your must-read list’

At the Bookreporter.com site you’ll find a terrific review by Joe Hartlaub of the second Omar Yussef Mystery, A Grave in Gaza (UK title The Saladin Murders), which describes it as a “must-read”: http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews2/9781569474723.asp Here’s the full review: Omar Yussef is a decent man in a very bad place. He is the principal and teacher […]

18 April 2008 0 Comments

Le Figaro: Omar Yussef is the Hercule Poirot of the Near East

The latest issue of Le Figaro’s Magazine includes a terrific review of my latest Palestinian mystery novel (titled in the US A Grave in Gaza and in the UK The Saladin Murders), comparing my hero Omar Yussef to Agatha Christie’s great Belgian detective: Omar Yussef returns…Here is the Hercule Poirot of the Near East immersed […]

4 April 2008 0 Comments

Jerusalem Post: Human Characters and Complex Culture in new Omar Yussef Mystery

The second Omar Yussef Mystery A Grave in Gaza is reviewed in today’s Jerusalem Post Magazine. Here’s a portion of the review: For readers who hunger for a peril-free tour of Gaza, Matt Beynon Rees’s latest detective novel may offer the perfect solution…. Life in Gaza is depicted down to its finest and most sordid […]

4 April 2008 0 Comments

New York Magazine: Omar "an unwavering Marlowe of the Arab street"

In a recent feature on “exotic detective” novels, New York Magazine picks the second Omar Yussef Mystery A Grave in Gaza in its top 10: “Do you want me to draw you a diagram?” the one-handed cop asks Omar Yussef, a West Bank native as lost in Gaza as his U.N. colleagues, who one by […]

23 February 2008 0 Comments

Daily Express: Omar Yussef ‘clearly a detective who is here to stay’

Here’s a review in the big UK newspaper The Daily Express of my new crime novel The Saladin Murders (US title: A Grave in Gaza) TRUE GRIT ON A QUEST FOR JUSTICEMatt Rees has embarked on a series rooted in violence Friday February 15,2008 By Peter Burton There was once a time when thrillers could […]

9 February 2008 0 Comments

Reviewingtheevidence.com: Omar "a charming curmudgeon"; my 2nd novel "shouldn’t be missed"

The independent book blog Reviewingtheevidence.com gives a terrific assessment of my new Omar Yussef Mystery, A Grave in Gaza (UK title: The Saladin Murders), calling it “literate and completely absorbing.” Here’s some more from the review:“The character of Omar is a wonderful lead for any book. In no way is he a crime-fighting, muscular force […]

1 February 2008 0 Comments

Matt to appear at NYC bookshop Feb. 12

I’ll be reading and talking about my series of Palestinian detective novels at the best mystery bookstore in New York City. I’ll also be telling you how my great-uncle got drunk, dropped his pants and ignited my interest in the Middle East… When: Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. Where: PARTNERS & CRIME MYSTERY BOOKSELLERS44 Greenwich […]

1 February 2008 0 Comments

First Palestinian Film Noir

With the publication of my second Palestinian detective novel, I decided to give readers some of the atmosphere of the place, so I made a video with my friend, photojournalist David Blumenfeld, on Youtube. I was the first to bring detective fiction to Palestine — I’m pretty sure I’m now the first to bring film […]

4 December 2007 0 Comments

Booklist: New Omar Yussef novel has "power, style, and emotion"

Though my second Omar Yussef Mystery (titled in the US A Grave in Gaza and in the UK The Saladin Murders) won’t be out until February, already the pre-publication reviewers are impressed. Booklist, a big US publication read by librarians and booksellers, gives A Grave in Gaza a starred review in its forthcoming issue. Here’s […]

13 July 2007 0 Comments

Paying the Price for Violence in Bethlehem

In Bethlehem last week, I visited a place that gave me some of the bloody inspiration for my murder mystery The Collaborator of Bethlehem. Unfortunately, based on the way the town feels now and the things people tell me, I think that same place will have a dreadful part to play in the next Palestinian […]