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Mozart’s Last Aria

In My Book Club Books on November 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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by Matt Rees

Publisher’s Blurb (Goodreads)

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.

Book Club Discussion: The general consensus was that this book is a good read. We all appreciated the historical information, as well as the plot and characters. We found it fascinating that Mozart had an equally talented sister and mused about what her life might have been like today had she lived during this century.

Related articles

http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/mozarts-last-aria

Book Club Dinner

Hosted by Joni

November 16, 2013

Menu

Wine: German Riesling

Austrian Cheese Spread with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Golden Austrian Cauliflower Cream Soup

German Cucumber Salad

Spaetzle Baked with Ham And Greyere

Assorted Bavarian Desserts

Chocolate Martini

http://www.food.com/recipe/godiva-chocolate-martini-219828

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