Rizzio by Denise Mina @pegasus_books #historicalfiction #historicalcrime #bookreview


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 Rizzo  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.


The private secretary to Mary Queen of Scots is a man named Rizzio. He has the queens ear and a lot of power. Needless to say, Mary’s husband despises Rizzio. But, could he instigate his murder?

This is one of my favorite time periods. So, I was expecting more of the same. That is not the case at all! This is dramatic and terrifying. I knew a little about this, but not the extent of the horror of Rizzio’s murder.

Plus, Mary Queen Of Scots is a portrayed a bit different. More like she is detached from her realm and it’s needs. I knew she ignored a great deal but the way the author portrayed her, it made her more real. Makes this a unique read for sure!

Wow! Need a good historical murder…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novella from the publisher for a honest review.

Purchase Here

Barnes and Noble


About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
This entry was posted in Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s