MOZART’S LAST ARIA
Set at the turn of the century in the fictional Persian village of Omerijan, PERSIAN BRIDES tells the magical story of two young girls – Flora and Nazie Ratoryan.
In the autumn of 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told his wife that he had been poisoned. Six weeks later, he was dead. Mozart’s long-estranged sister Nannerl, a piano prodigy herself who had toured Europe with Wolfgang, travels from Salzburg to Vienna to investigate his death. She uncovers a series of dangerous conspiracies that may be connected to Wolfgang’s murder, involving the Masons, the Austrian secret police, and a Prussian spy ring. Through Wolfgang’s last opera, The Magic Flute, she also comes closer to the brother she lost and finds love with a baron who was Wolfgang’s patron. MOZART’S LAST ARIA is based on historical facts about Mozart’s life, the art and politics of Vienna, and the story of Nannerl Mozart.
USA, HarperCollins; UK, Corvus; Germany, Beck Verlag; Indonesia, TIGA SERANGKAI" Publishing; Korea, Human & Books; Czech Republic, Daranus; Italy, Newton Compton Editori; Hungary, Tericem; France: City Editions
“Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees is a combination of historical fiction/mystery novel. This is not your run-of-the-mill pot-boiler, though. It’s much more complex – and even rather magical. The book is much more profound than The DaVinci Code. In some respects it's a political tract as well as a testimony to the power of Mozart's art as well as his sister's. Mystery lovers, music lovers and history buffs will enjoy this read.” – Pamela Kramer, The Examiner
“The power politics of the day are at work and Mozart fans and code crackers will enjoy the clever musical riddle. A very readable historical mystery romp.” – The Times (UK)
“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 illuminated by the author’s own musical background that moves slowly and deliberately to a fine conclusion.” – Kirkus Reviews