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“Matt Rees cleverly weaves music, crime, and conspiracy into a sumptuous historical whodunit, set against the decadent backdrop of 18th-century Vienna.” (Marie Claire)
“Rees nails the details of Mozart’s Vienna with precision, seasoning his story with musical details that will delight fans of classical music. . . . A beautiful book lluminated by the author’s own musical background that moves slowly and deliberately to a fine conclusion.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Engaging, well-paced. . . . Combining Dan Brown or Elizabeth Kostovastyle historical conspiracy theory with cozy detective novel, Rees’s latest offers a genuinely felt reverence for the power of Mozart’s music and its lasting impact in the world.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An excellent choice for mystery fans and historical fiction readers.” (Booklist)
“Mozart, music, and murder seamlessly blend together in this fascinating historical mystery. A perfect read to go with a crackling fire and a pot of hot chocolate.” (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl)
“A stunning combination of mystery and meticulously researched historical fiction. . . . A sweeping, gorgeously written book.” (Tasha Alexander, author of Dangerous to Know)
“Mozart fans and codecrackers will enjoy the clever musical riddle. A very readable historical mystery romp.” (The Times (London))
“This absorbing Viennese soap opera is a solid choice for readers who like fiction about historical figures caught up in suspenseful intrigues such as Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club or Gyles Brandreth’s Oscar Wilde mysteries.” (Library Journal)
The news arrives in a letter to his sister, Nannerl, in December 1791. But the message carries more than word of Nannerl’s brother’s demise. Two months earlier, Mozart confided to his wife that his life was rapidly drawing to a close . . . and that he knew he had been poisoned.
In Vienna to pay her final respects, Nannerl soon finds herself ensnared in a web of suspicion and intrigue—as the actions of jealous lovers, sinister creditors, rival composers, and Mozart’s Masonic brothers suggest that dark secrets hastened the genius to his grave. As Nannerl digs deeper into the mystery surrounding her brother’s passing, Mozart’s black fate threatens to overtake her as well.
Transporting readers to the salons and concert halls of eighteenth-century Austria, Mozart’s Last Aria is a magnificent historical mystery that pulls back the curtain on a world of soaring music, burning passion, and powerful secrets.See all Editorial Reviews
A sheer delight for lovers of history, suspense. Matt Rees takes you back into the world of Mozart with its, sights, sounds and customs. Beautiful,Published 3 months ago by Glenys Sugarman
Pure Hegelian Dialectic - with Spoilers
As well written as it is, the feeling nags that this is simply seductive propaganda. Read more
This entertaining crime novel concerns the death of Mozart follows the three movements of his Piano Sonata No. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James R C Baker
What an excellent little book. Great picture of life in Vienna during Mozart's time. I would highly recommend this book.Published 10 months ago by Dean P. Yoder
Still waiting to get into the action. I am over half way through with this novel and maybe I am missing something, but I keep waiting for some insight, so far the book is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kitty Mackay
A well written novel exploring the mysterious circumstances of Mozart's actual death in Vienna. Wolfgang's sister, Nannerl, travels to Vienna following a letter from her... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Erin C.
Liked the historically accurate details and the plot twists. Loved cover photo. Good read!Published 13 months ago by Mozart
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but it just fell so flat of my expectations.
This is basically a 'cozy' mystery with an amateur sleuth coming in to solve a... Read more
After a falling out three years earlier, Nannerl heard nothing from her brother or his family until news of his death arrived. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shuffy2