Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees

First, here's the blurb from Amazon.

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.

This is a wonderful historical fiction novel and I love good historical fiction. I loved exploring the possible theory Mr. Lees presents about how Mozart may have died as uncovered by his sister Anna Maria aka. Nannerl. I could really get behind the attachment she has for her estranged brother and the connection she feels for him through his music. There are all kinds of twists, turns, riddles, espionage, love, and grief. An interesting history on the Masons, which I enjoyed as I haven't read much on them. Great description and word craft without getting heavy.

I haven't had the opportunity yet to travel to Germany or Austria to see the towns and cities where some of the great classical composers hail from. This book only adds to my excitement to see them someday. This book gave me a feel for what it would be like to be there. So take a trip back in time and enjoy Mozart's Last Aria.
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What's your favorite historical fiction novel?


  1. That is definitely going on my list. I have seen it about a bit--need to read it.

  2. I love historical with twists . . . grief, all those things. Thanks for sharing how you liked it.

  3. Wow, sounds fantastic. I'm a huge music history nerd so this is perfect.

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  4. That sounds interesting! THANKS!