"A wholly satisfying, unnerving tale with eerie connections to our modern world dominated by income inequality, grift and freedom of speech."
— Toronto Star
"Denise Mina delivers a taut imagining of the rise and fall of a religious zealot in late 15th-century Italy. Girolamo Savonarola, a proud young man smarting from rejection and appalled by church corruption, embarks on an increasingly militant moral crusade. It doesn’t end well. Weaving together present-day lingo and dry asides, Mina spotlights the traits and tragedies that lead to fanaticism."
— Christian Science Monitor
"[Mina] writes about the political and religious conflicts of the day with well-informed precision, but she does so with a cheekily contemporary flair."
"This fast and compelling read is a good historical thriller for readers of history and fiction."
— Library Journal
"This short, vibrant novella from acclaimed Scottish author Denise Mina immerses the reader in the life of Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican priest. There is no mincing of words here. Mina sees clear parallels between yesterday’s horrors and today’s challenges. Nor does she find comfort in Savonarola’s execution. He was a man who wrote extensively—he is often credited as a source of inspiration to Martin Luther, for example—and for good and for bad, Savonarola’s influence is with us now. Powerful stuff."
— Historical Novel Society
''Intensely dramatic like a Shakespearean tragedy. A remarkable, moving and thought-provoking book. Beautifully done."
— The Scotsman
“Mina fictionalizes the life of Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498), who was executed for heresy, in this vivid historical thriller. Even readers who know what comes next—namely, the 1497 Bonfire of the Vanities—will be captivated by Mina’s lyricism. This is a triumph."
— Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPraise for Denise Mina’s Rizzio:
"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, The 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, March 9th, 1566. Mina interjects well-wrought characterizations; this superior historical thriller reads like a real-life episode of Game of Thrones
— Publishers Weekly