Rescuing Caravaggio from a Bad Rap

He was a raging psycho, an uncontrollably lustful homosexual, and a bit of a bitch. Somehow he also managed to produce some of the most sensitive and innovative art ever painted, much of it clearly based on a sophisticated understanding of theology and optical science. For many art historians and almost all creative artists writing […]

Blog Down Under Lauds Omar as Year’s Best

The first of my Omar Yussef Palestinian mystery novels has already been picked as one of the best of the year by the BBC and The Guardian in the UK and by Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly in the US. Now the blog AustCrimeFiction, which usually focuses on Australian and New Zealand mysteries, names The Bethlehem […]

Tribune: Omar a Superb Central Character

Yesterday I noted that BBC Radio had made my novel The Bethlehem Murders a Christmas reading pick. Here’s a little of what Jeff Park most generously said about the first of my Palestinian detective novels on the BBC’s Front Row programme: “Matt Rees has given us an incredible tapestry…It’s a wonderful, wonderful book. A fantastically […]

BBC Picks Omar as Best Xmas Read

BBC Radio’s Arts programme picked The Bethlehem Murders (the UK title for the first Omar Yussef Mystery) as one of the best crime novels to read or give as a gift over Christmas. Pretty good going for a Muslim detective. Here’s the BBC’s full list: