#BookReview #Rizzio Denise Mina @DameDeniseMina @PolygonBooks

Source: Bloody Scotland Purchase via Waterstones

I really don’t want to gush too much but Denise Mina is a genius with words and has the coolest style on this planet! So when I heard her talking about her latest book at this year’s Bloody Scotland, it was impossible not to go and buy it!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

From the multi-award-winning master of crime, Denise Mina delivers a radical new take on one of the darkest episodes in Scottish history—the bloody assassination of David Rizzio  private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, in the queen’s chambers in Holyrood Palace.

On the evening of March 9th, 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, was brutally murdered. Dragged from the chamber of the heavily pregnant Mary, Rizzio was stabbed fifty six times by a party of assassins. This breathtakingly tense novella dramatises the events that led up to that night, telling the infamous story as it has never been told before.

A dark tale of sex, secrets and lies, Rizzio looks at a shocking historical murder through a modern lens—and explores the lengths that men and women will go to in their search for love and power.

Rizzio is nothing less than a provocative and thrilling new literary masterpiece.

My thoughts

I’m definitely not a history buff but this was 128 pages jam packed with murder, suspense, corruption and intrigue that captivated me from start to finish! If Denise Mina was a history teacher, I reckon we would be growing up with a whole army of history fanatics.

A short, sharp tale that is both brutal and raw in it’s telling; she tells the story of the murder of David Rizzio, the servant of Mary Queen of Scots. Anyone who wonders why Scotland produces the darkest Noir only needs to read this to get a flavour of our dark history and to understand why we are so drawn to the darker side.

She draws the reader into the world with her oh so authentic sense of both place and time through the use of description of food, clothing and language but never once does she leave the reader feeling they are being taught a history lesson; her prose is engaging, it is colourful and everything that the discerning reader could ask for.

Told by one of Scotland’s most esteemed storytellers this was never going to be anything other than genius. Go buy it now!

Rizzio is available to purchase via



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