Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Excellent writing. I think the author did a great job of achieving his objectives in this story. It is perfect historical fiction - nothing too flowery or any obvious attempts at being literary fiction, but also not too light and fluffy. It's also very well researched. Rees includes an appendix with a listing of the music that is mentioned throughout the book as well as an explanation of K numbers and how to find the music. I found this especially interesting and used it to listen to the music I was reading about as I read. Rees does an excellent job of conveying a sense of Mozart's music through his writing. I also enjoyed his editorial notes at the end on which parts of the book are historically accurate and which were embellished. Overall, I was very impressed.
It's a mystery involving Masons - so what's not to love? Secret societies fascinate me and Rees does a great job of delivering suspense. I also loved the inclusion of classical music throughout the book, although I don't think being a classical music fan is a requirement for enjoying this one. It may even motivate you to give it a try. I also enjoyed reading about Nannerl and learning some of the history of the time period. It's a great mystery and kept me up late at night finding out who killed Mozart and why. I highly recommend this one.
This one was graciously sent to me by TLC Book Tours and you can find a list of the rest of the tour participants here.
Posted by Julie G at 8:09 PM