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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 Rizzo 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 to which men and women will go in their search for love and power.

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

by Denise Mina