Mozart’s Last Aria: Who killed my brother?

Who do you think killed Mozart? In my novel Mozart’s Last Aria, the great composer’s sister Maria Anna travels to Vienna in 1791 to find out who murdered her brother. Many people think the rival composer Salieri did in Wolfgang. That’s been popular since Salieri confessed — except that he was in a madhouse when […]

Write historical fiction: Finding daily details

How to use historical objects in fiction without making them into fetishes In writing historical fiction, there are two main traps to avoid. One is the bugbear of every historical fiction reader, anachronistic dialogue (Such as: “No way,” said King Henry VIII.) The other is being too showy about your historical research. We’ve all bumped […]

‘Mozart’s Last Aria’ on Dinner & a Book

The lovely PBS show ‘Dinner and a Book’ featured my first novel THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM a couple of years ago. Now the delightful crew at “Michiana’s” public television channel discuss my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA while cooking Wolfgang Mozart’s favorite dish. Prepare to be utterly charmed! Watch Mozart's Last Aria on PBS. See more […]

Murder and Mozart 261 Years On

Today marks the anniversary of Mozart’s death. It was a tragedy for his family, who lost a loving, fun father and husband. A tragedy for music, which ought to have enjoyed another thirty years of productivity from this 35-year-old genius. Most of all, a tragedy — because he was murdered. For a few decades, we […]

Review to win ‘Mozart’s Last Aria’

Write a review of one of my books on amazon.com or amazon.co.uk and get a chance to win a free copy of my novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Just write your review, send me the link to the review at mattreesbooks@gmail.com, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free, signed copy of the book. […]