‘The prose is taut, the read fast’. @GeorgiaRoseBook Reviews #Tudor #HistFic Rizzio by @DameDeniseMina For Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Georgia. She blogs here https://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia has been reading Rizzio by Denise Mina

I am so glad I picked Rizzio. I knew nothing of the story before reading it so it was all the more thrilling, and horrifying. It reminded me why I always enjoy reading historical fiction when I manage to get back to it. I would have hated living during these times but at a distance love all the drama and intrigue of the royal court, which on this occasion is at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

This is the story of the murder of David Rizzio, close friend and personal secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, who also happens to have been the lover of her husband, Lord Darnley. The action takes place over a weekend in March 1566. Mary is six months pregnant and Darnley wants Rizzio to be killed in front of her in the hope she will miscarry. But the murder is just the start of what is planned as unknown to Mary conspiracy and betrayal brings an army of men creeping into the castle.

Extremely well written, the fact the story is told in the present tense brings an immediacy to the text. The prose is taut, the read fast and, as a slightly odd observation, the chapter titles are excellent!

I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys well told stories. It is superb.

5 stars

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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 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.

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