The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

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Young Cambridge scholar Adam Banting is in Tuscany, assigned to write a scholarly monograph about the famous Docci garden—a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills, and classical inscriptions. As his research deepens, Adam comes to suspect that buried in the garden’s strange iconography is the key to uncovering a long-ago murder. But the ancient house holds its own secrets as well. And as Adam delves into his subject, he begins to suspect that he is being used to discover the true meaning of the villa’s murderous past.

About Mark Mills

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Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Information Officer, The Savage Garden, and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and The Savage Garden was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.
Published May 6, 2008 by Berkley. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Crispin Leonard: to explore the exotic garden of Leonard’s old friend Signora Docci, and write an academic study of her singular garden.

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In Mark Mills’s second historical mystery, a young British scholar unearths the sad, shocking secrets of a Renaissance garden.

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Book Reporter

Although he loves his brother, Adam dreads a visit from Harry, for Harry usually means trouble --- and always means diminishing Adam's funds.

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Entertainment Weekly

Art historian Adam Strickland heads to Italy to crack codes embedded in a Renaissance-era garden, but is distracted by wine, women, and a World War II mystery in Mark Mills’ The Savage Garden.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A 400-year-old crime of passion and a suspicious death at the end of World War II stretch Adam Strickland's brain and his courage in this mystery which comes highly recommended by The Bookbag.

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When his professor suggests to wayward student Adam Strickland that he go to Tuscany to study a Renaissance garden, Strickland sees it as little more than an opportunity for summer travel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Adam believes the garden provides clues that reveal that Flora was murdered and her murderer was a Docci family member.

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