Rizzio: Darkland Tales - Darkland Tales (Hardback)
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Rizzio: Darkland Tales - Darkland Tales (Hardback)

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Hardback 128 Pages
Published: 02/09/2021
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The sixteenth-century murder of David Rizzio, Italian secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, is retold in Mina’s characteristically compelling style which brings the intrigue and machinations of a key moment in Scottish history vibrantly to life.

This breathtakingly tense work is a tale of sex, seduction, secrets and lies, one that looks at history through a modern lens and explores the lengths that men - and women - will go to in the search for love and power.

It's Saturday evening, 9 March 1566, and Mary, Queen of Scots, is six months pregnant. She's hosting a supper party. Outside, Edinburgh is bustling. It's full of the Great and the Good and the Idiot Sons of the Rich, here for a Parliament that will take Scotland by the shoulders and turn it from England to face Europe.

Mary doesn't know that her Palace is surrounded - that, right now, an army of men is creeping upstairs to her chamber. They're coming to murder David Rizzio, her friend and secretary, the handsome Italian man who is smiling across the table at her. Mary's husband wants it done in front of her and he wants her to watch it done ...

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781846975677
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 206 x 132 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Guaranteed to keep you invested by incorporating fact, myth and legend' - The Radio Times

'This series has already produced two works of note and distinction. It raises the question – if a country cannot re-tell its history, will it be stuck forever in aspic and condemned to be nothing more than a shortbread tin illustration? Hex and Rizzio are showing the way towards a reckoning, and about time too' - Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

'Denise Mina is a name to be taken very seriously when it comes to crime fiction. …. Mary is a heroine tailor-made for [her] expert literary investigation' - New York Times, Best Historical Novels of 2021

'May be Britain's finest living crime novelist' - Daily Telegraph

'contains more suspense and action than many a doorstopper of a historical thriller ... Written in a style allowing access to multiple characters’ thoughts, rich with cinema-sharp imagery, "Rizzio" is a tour de force work of art' - The Wall Street Journal, Best Books of the Year 2021

'[Rizzio] is retold in Mina’s characteristically compelling style which brings the intrigue and machinations of a key moment in Scottish history vibrantly to life' - Waterstones Best Books of 2021: Crime and Thriller

'a writer of huge skill and inventiveness who blends tense, well-crafted crime fiction with social conscience and historical weight' - The Bookseller

'Bestseller Mina vividly recreates a gruesome episode from the Tudor era in this searing novella set mostly over the course of a single day, Mar. 9, 1566. Mina interjects well-wrought characterizations; this superior historical thriller reads like a real-life episode of Game of Thrones' - Publishers Weekly (starred)

'This is an edgy, provocative and thrilling classic in the making' - Scottish Books International

'it's apt that Mina should embrace the short form novella, encapsulating the darkness and drama yet somehow managing to keep it light and at times funny' - Janet Christie, The Scotsman Magazine

'it is refreshing to be presented with a very readable, if embellished, account of Rizzio's murder and some of its implications for Scotland' - Graham Drew, Press and Journal, Book of the Week

'Denise Mina applies a true crime lens to revisit 24 hours that transformed the monarchy and it’s absolutely riveting' - Sam Baker, Noon.org.uk

'Riveting ... darkly clever' - Popsugar

'Stabby and pithy ... an intriguing sketch in blood' - Guardian, Book of the Day

'an electric and utterly absorbing battle of wills' - Roger Cox, The Scotsman

'An omniscient narrative voice, which delivers historical exposition in quick ironic bursts...Mina’s vivid style and the swift-moving plot are a pleasure. More historical fiction, please Ms Mina' - Antonia Senior, The Times, Best New Historical Fiction

'This riveting novella retells the intrigue behind [Rizzio's] death' - i Paper

'I gobbled up Denise Mina’s short and immersive Rizzio – a fictionalised account of the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’s private secretary in 16th-century Holyrood – as an audiobook on a single long car journey' - Cal Flyn, The Times

'In Rizzio she has created a plus-sized novella with the passion of an opera, a tour de force of imaginative reconstruction' - Wall Street Journal Europe

'The tragic episode is retold in Mina’s characteristically compelling style, which brings the intrigue and machinations of a key moment in Scottish history to life' - Daily Record

'I had an absolute thrill-ride reading your book ... … what you manage to do with this is quite dazzling… you manage to present a feminist, female perspective on her [Mary Queen of Scot’s] dilmena and her intelligence and a couple of the other women there too…absolutely incredible… your prose is beautiful, the dialogue drawn from historical record. Another brilliant book. Congratulations' - Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland

'Mina, a contemporary crime novelist, retells this famous tale with great panache and gives it both a touch of noir and a blackly comic edge... gripping' - Sunday Times

'Mina's real genius is to draw out the private feelings of [her] protagonists with such economy, in a short, pacey but incredibly tender account…Making her tale all the more vivid is Edinburgh itself…[the tale] seems fresh in her retelling' - Mike Wade, Times Online

'The writing is spellbinding and simply draws one in ... Outstanding' - Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

'Set in one day it really is a fabulously, engaging and moving read. Anybody with an interest in history,  crime –  anything Scottish – would love it' - Susie Troup, Director of Hexham Festival, Broadcasting House BBC Radio 4

'Mina does an excellent job of grabbing the reader’s attention and transporting them to that horrible night ... If you love reading about Mary, Queen of Scots, and Stuart Scotland during the 16th century, you will find “Rizzio” by Denise Mina thrilling' - Adventures of a Tudor Nerd blog (US)

'Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once' - Nicci French

'a novella designed to be devoured in one sitting' - Nora McElhone, Press and Journal

'Written in tight, present-tense prose, Rizzio peers over the shoulders and into the minds of conspirators, loyalists, pawns, and victims as the titular assassination of Rizzio and the attempted overthrow of the queen unfolds… a gut-punch of a novella' - Rose Amber blog

'This is a book to rival many an acknowledged masterpiece.' - Frank Parker

'Denise Mina is at the helm of a pithier, pocket-sized revolution: the historical novella' - Rosie Morton, Scottish Field

'Mina explores this bloody incident with forensic and gripping detail ... written in a taut detective-story style, with flashes of modern wit' - Kate Pettigrew, Historical Novel Society

'I love the idea — drinking in historical fiction as a series of shots' - Katherine Faulkner, author of Greenwich Park

'Rizzio is a fiery account of an ancient tale, a snapshot of the 16th century brought vividly to a 21st century audience' - Louise Fairbairn

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“Vivid and unflinching”

This is the first in a new publishing series which will be shining a light on different aspects of Scottish history. In this case, we have the story from the court of Mary, Queen of Scots: the brutal murder of her... More

Hardback edition
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“Rizzio”

Firstly I must thank Laura at Berlin for sending me a copy of this truly wonderful book, it really makes you feel as if you are in the Chambers of Queen Mary. At one point I actually felt anxious and worried about... More

Hardback edition
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“Another stunner from Mina”

I have to confess that each time I read a Denise Mina book - and I’ve read them all - I think it’s her best. As an author she is terrific at drawing you in, and she is one of the best storytellers around.

I wasn’t... More

Hardback edition
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