22 July 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA sorts historical fiction author’s summer reading

Philip Sington, author of the excellent historical thriller “The Einstein Girl,” has great things to say about my own new venture into that world, MOZART’S LAST ARIA. It’s great to have such praise from a writer of great style and craft! Here’s what he says: Matt Rees is one of the most stylish crime writers […]

22 July 2011 0 Comments

UK book blog: MOZART’S LAST ARIA ‘cleverly put together’

The excellent literary (and film) blog Floor to Ceiling Books has a terrific review of my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which includes this: “It’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that is as cleverly put together as Mozart’s Last Aria. I appreciated the rising tension, the slow build as Nannerl starts […]

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

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 […]

24 June 2011 0 Comments

UK fiction blog guest post on Mozart’s intellectual life

The excellent UK fiction blog Floor to Ceiling Books (you can find film and television reviews there too) has a guest post from me about how my portrayal of Mozart stacks up against the popular image of him as a buffoon who happened to be able to write sublime music. I’m delighted blogger “Magemanda” posed […]

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 […]

20 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: Introducing my Mozart novel

In the second of my podcasts, I introduce my historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA and read the initial chapter of the book. The first of several podcasts about the book, which will include a discussion of the new historical research about Mozart’s death I used to write it and background on the real-life characters who […]

10 June 2011 0 Comments

Blood on my hands

In my research, I’ve always tried to be true to the spirit of my novels. For MOZART’S LAST ARIA, I learned to play piano. For my next novel, which is about Caravaggio, I picked up oil painting and dueled with a rapier. In a more general crime writer’s vein, I have recently become addicted to […]