A literary mystery set in Italy in the 1950s, Mills' second novel features a bright but aimless British college student who is sent to a manor in Tuscany to study the Renaissance art and architecture of the property. While he falls for the beautiful Italian countryside, he suspects that the villa's garden is more than what it seems - the builder dedicated the garden to his late wife, and crafted clues to her death within the sculptures and layout. He also gets drawn into investigation of a more recent murder, that of the family's oldest son during the Nazi occupation of the villa in World War II. Mills divides the chase between the ancient murder and more recent one, keeping the reader engrossed with both. THE SAVAGE GARDEN will please fans of the historical mystery genre as well as the casual reader looking for something a bit meatier in their whodunits.

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