"Ms. Mina, in her most recent books, has stretched her talent and pushed the genre envelope in stimulating ways. In Rizzio she has created a plus-sized novella with the passion of an opera, a tour de force of imaginative reconstruction."
– Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"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)
"Mina’s latest is a taut, provocative novella dramatizing the events around the brutal 16th century assassination of David Rizzo, private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots. Mina reimagines the poisonous atmosphere that led to the killing and offers readers a darkly poetic vision of life at that bloody court."
"Denise Mina has achieved a near miracle with her novella, Rizzio... it is the type of vivid fiction that directs readers to documented history."
– David Rothberg, WBAI
"Stabby and pithy…an intriguing sketch in blood."
– The Guardian, Book of the Day
"The novella’s suspenseful narrative reveals all of the cruelty and outright brutality of the crime in brilliant detail. Royal history buffs will find this portrait of the bloody evolution of one of the world’s longest lasting monarchies fascinating, and mystery fans will be interested in picking up new threads of a historical crime examined by Arthur Conan Doyle in his story 'The Silver Mirror' (1908) and by Caleb Carr in his novel 'The Italian Secretary' (2005)."
"The centuries-old murder of a close confidant to Mary, Queen of Scots is retold with thriller-level pacing and a gasp-inducing insight."
– Shelf Awareness
"In Rizzio, Denise Mina brilliantly portrays savage men overflowing with relentless greed, misogyny, and religious hatred."
– Vick Mickunas, Book Nook, Dayton Daily News
“Even though I knew the history behind this event, how Mina described it sent shivers down my spine. I think for a historical fiction novella, Mina does an excellent job of grabbing the reader’s attention and transporting them to that horrible night. This story may be short, but the emotional impact and details will stay with readers even after reading it. If you love reading about Mary, Queen of Scots, and Stuart Scotland during the 16th century, you will find Rizzio by Denise Mina thrilling.”
– Heidi Malagisi, Adventures of a Tudor Nerd
"Mina is the cream of the crop, an author who pushes the crime novel in new and exciting directions.”
– Ian Rankin
“Takes readers on a suspenseful tour into the past, through psyches and situations far grimmer than even those sooty Glasgow streets."
– Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Mina has always been a close observer of brutality. This one feels painfully real."
– Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"This stand-alone thriller showcases Mina at her best, capturing the nuanced psychological suspense and ethical shadows of her Alex Morrow series as well as the electric dialogue and tangible grit of her Paddy Meehan novels."
– Booklist (starred)
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Denise Mina may be Britain's finest living crime novelist.”
– The Daily Telegraph