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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 9, 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 56 times by a party of assassins. This breathtakingly tense novella dramatizes 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.

©2021 Denise Mina (P)2021 Tantor

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I CANNOT WAIT for the next of these novellas in what the author said is going to be a series. I found about this book on the Not Just The Tudors podcast and I bless the day I did-I may have found a new author to love!
This book offers a snapshot on a brief but powerfully monumental moment in time. Mina takes you directly to the room and you feel like an observer off in the corner. He stunningingly realistic portrayal of characters is amazing. I can’t say enough good things about this novella-my only wish is that it was longer!

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If I had seen that it was only 2 hours, I would not have wasted a credit. I was just getting into it and it ended. Very disappointing.

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A true story told in a narrative that is so well done

This is the true story of the murder of Rizzio, who was the favorite of Queen Mary of Scots. Brilliantly told and read. It covers the events of just 48 hours.