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Mark Mills is a screenwriter; among his credits is the script for "The Reckoning," adapted from Barry Unsworth's novel Morality Play. Mills lives with his family.

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Scholar Adam Banting discovers the ties that bind two murders, committed 400 years apart in the Tuscan hills. The second novel (following Amagansett) by Crime Writers Association Award winner Mills, who lives in Oxford. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Two murders committed 400 years apart form the core of British author Mills's outstanding second novel (after Amagansett, which won a CWA Dagger Award). In 1958, Cambridge undergraduate Adam Strickland, who's studying a curious Tuscan Renaissance garden for his art history thesis, is equally intrigued by both the garden of the Villa Docci estate and its elderly owner, Signora Francesca Docci. Built by the villa's first owner, Federico Docci, in 1577, the garden was intended as a memorial to his wife, Flora, who died when she was only 25. In the course of his research, Adam begins to sense that events, both past and present, are not as clear-cut as they appear. In particular, he discovers that there are several versions of the death of Signora Docci's oldest son, Emilio, who was shot by the villa's German occupiers at the end of WWII. Adam is hailed by all when he comes up with a novel theory explaining Flora's death in 1548, but when he begins to speculate on Emilio's demise, he finds himself in serious danger. This engrossing literary novel, like Amagansett, deserves to be a bestseller. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

aA romantic and gracefully executed literary puzzle.a
a"New York Times Book Review"
aA sumptuous tale of multiple mysteries, family intrigues and hearty Continental flavor that demonstrates Mills has earned a prime place at the crime fiction table.a
a"Baltimore Sun"
aAlluring, mysterious.a
a"New York Times"
aOutstanding.a
a"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
aIn his first suspense novel, "Amagansett," Mark Mills displayed a literary voice that was thoroughly embracing. The same is true in "The Savage Garden,"a
a"New York Daily News"
A romantic and gracefully executed literary puzzle.
"New York Times Book Review"
A sumptuous tale of multiple mysteries, family intrigues and hearty Continental flavor that demonstrates Mills has earned a prime place at the crime fiction table.
"Baltimore Sun"
Alluring, mysterious.
"New York Times"
Outstanding.
"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
In his first suspense novel, "Amagansett", Mark Mills displayed a literary voice that was thoroughly embracing. The same is true in "The Savage Garden".
"New York Daily News"
?A romantic and gracefully executed literary puzzle.?
?"New York Times Book Review"

?A sumptuous tale of multiple mysteries, family intrigues and hearty Continental flavor that demonstrates Mills has earned a prime place at the crime fiction table.?
?"Baltimore Sun"

?Alluring, mysterious.?
?"New York Times"

?Outstanding.?
?"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

?In his first suspense novel, "Amagansett", Mark Mills displayed a literary voice that was thoroughly embracing. The same is true in "The Savage Garden".?
?"New York Daily News"

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