2 January 2012 0 Comments

Podcast: Another Mozart, Not Forgotten

It’s hard to tell them apart, Wolfgang Mozart and the great composer’s sister Nannerl. Both had prominent noses, mischievous eyes, and a certain naiveté to their gaze. But there was a difference. Nannerl was a girl, and that decided which of these fabulous musical talents would be remembered. Until now. My novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA […]

16 December 2011 0 Comments

Bookreporter: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘elegant’; Rees ‘gently eccentric’

A very nice review of my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on Bookreporter.com has this to say, among other amusing and insightful observations: Music is notoriously difficult to capture in prose; Matt Rees tries valiantly, elegantly, and for the most part successfully to do justice to a composer who is regarded — and not just […]

13 November 2011 0 Comments

Lost ‘News of the World’ Scoop Reveals Secrets of Mozart’s Death

*Editor’s note: The Man of Twists and Turns has obtained the text of a major exclusive which was set to appear in The News of the World in London earlier this year. However, News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old tabloid to dampen a scandal over its reporters hacking into private voicemails, use […]

11 November 2011 0 Comments

Wolfgang’s Mysterious Letter

Continuing my readings from my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Nannerl, the great composer’s sister uncovers a mysterious letter and the suggestion that her brother’s life may have been at risk. Watch more videos about the book.

8 November 2011 0 Comments

‘Pitch perfect’ Mozart’s Last Aria

A couple of new blog reviews for Mozart’s Last Aria, my historical novel in which the great composer’s sister investigates his death. Iceberg Ink rates the book highly for its historical portrayal: Vienna and this entire classical era is handled with absolute precision by Rees. He gets how it should be portrayed and what it […]

8 November 2011 0 Comments

Mozart and Machine Guns

I have a guest post on the excellent Wonders and Marvels historical fiction blog. It introduces some of the story behind why I wrote Mozart’s Last Aria, my new historical crime novel. Here’s how the post starts: The last time someone shot a machine-gun at me, I remember listening to the ricochets off the nearby […]

4 November 2011 1 Comment

My rock version of a Mozart classic

In my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, the great composer’s sister Nannerl sings an aria written by her brother. The aria, Vorrei spiegarvi, is about a woman who tells her lover to return to his fiancee, despite the pain this causes her. It’s a key moment in the book and I decided to write this rock […]

4 November 2011 0 Comments

Life in Review ‘highly recommends’ MOZART’S LAST ARIA

A great review for my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA on the Life in Review blog. Blogger Michelle Vasquez writes: I very highly recommend this book! The writing is absolutely beautiful and the story will hook you from the very start. I really love a story like this one that has some real history blended […]

3 November 2011 2 Comments

The Next Big Series Detective

I began my career as a novelist with a series of four Omar Yussef Mysteries, in which the protagonist was a Palestinian sleuth. I’ve followed those books with two stand-alone novels, as they’re called. The first is published this week in the US. MOZART’S LAST ARIA is the story of Nannerl Mozart, who goes to […]

1 November 2011 0 Comments

Matt on Rusty Mike Radio

I did an interview on an internet radio station here in Jerusalem with the delightful Adam Mallerman. We chatted about my Omar Yussef novels, as well as how I came to live in Jerusalem and write MOZART’S LAST ARIA.