The Savage Garden was just such a book for me. Admittedly, the mystery surrounding the origins of the Villa Docci garden was, in retrospect, not all that surprising but the facts were cleverly laid out and both the main and ancillary characters were wonderful because of their idiosyncracies. The central characters were warm and very real, in spite of their obvious flaws.
Mark Mills (Author), Ian Stuart (Narrator), Brilliance Audio (Publisher). Get this audiobook plus a second, free. However, it does lack in suspense as the reader works out who Flora's mysterious lover was long before Adam eventually works it out. Solving the mystery of the garden does not appear to as important as solving the murder of the eldest son of Signora Docci during WWII and why he looked so different from his father and brother.
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Written by Mark Mills. Narrated by Ian Stuart. Dedicated to the memory of a fifteenth-century nobleman's young wife, the garden is a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills, and classical inscriptions. But Adam comes to suspect that something sinister lies buried in the garden's strange iconography. What if Lord Docci's wife was murdered, and her memorial garden is filled with pointers to both the method and the motive of the crime? As the odd history unfolds, Adam finds himself drawn into a parallel intrigue.
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. The Savage Garden was just such a book for me.
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In The Savage Garden, Mark Mills has created a fascinating and conflicted world. This book uses the magic and allure of Tuscany to its advantage by setting a taut mystery within one of the region’s gardens
In The Savage Garden, Mark Mills has created a fascinating and conflicted world. The beauty of the garden, the villa and the Tuscan countryside belies the brutality that lies just beneath the surface. Blood spilled, whether it was 400 years ago or in recent memory, will have its voice. This book uses the magic and allure of Tuscany to its advantage by setting a taut mystery within one of the region’s gardens. Mills does a great job of setting the stage for his myster. hich is much more psychological than action. Mills’ main character, Adam Strickland, is a Cambridge grad student who is given what appears to be the assignment of a lifetime.
Anything you can spare. You can have it al. I'm leaving on Sunday, same as you. You can have whatever's left. Harry took in the news. Why are you leaving?". Why are you leaving?" t to go home, I want to see Mum. That sounds pathetic, doesn't it?". Not if it means I get all the money. By midmorning a small army had descended on the villa. Trucks and vans jostled for space in the courtyard, disgorging everything from flowers to food, crockery to Chinese lanterns
Ian Stuart's voice is intriguing as the garden's 70-year-old owner, Francesca; her charm and breeding are evident in. .
Ian Stuart's voice is intriguing as the garden's 70-year-old owner, Francesca; her charm and breeding are evident in his every syllable. As the secrets of the garden and the Docci family unfold, Stuart's Adam evolves from naïf to survivor. Layers within layers, puzzles wrapped around enigmas, elegant writing in lush, luxurious abundance, and Ian Stuart's exceptional performance make Mills's second novel a must-listen for those who like their mysteries enveloped in literary panache.
Mark Mills graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. He has lived in both Italy and France, and has written for the screen. His first novel, ‘The Whaleboat House’, won the 2004 Crime Writer's Association for Best Novel by a debut author. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. Библиографические данные.
Adam Strickland, a somewhat aimless young scholar at Cambridge University, is called to his professor’s office one afternoon and assigned a special summer project: to write a scholarly monograph about the famous Docci garden in Tuscany. Dedicated to the memory of a fifteenth-century nobleman’s young wife, the garden is a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills, and classical inscriptions. But Adam comes to suspect that something sinister lies buried in the garden’s strange iconography. What if Lord Docci’s wife was murdered, and her memorial garden is filled with pointers to both the method and the motive of the crime?
As the odd history unfolds, Adam finds himself drawn into a parallel intrigue. Through his evolving relationship with the lady of the house—the ailing, seventy-something Signora Docci—he hears stories of yet another violent death in the family, this one much more recent. The Signora’s eldest son was shot by Nazi officers on the third floor of the villa, and her husband, now dead, insisted that the area be sealed and preserved forever. Like the garden, the third-floor rooms are frozen in time.
As Adam delves into his subject, he begins to suspect that his seemingly innocent history project might be a setup. Is he really just the naive student, stumbling upon clues, or is he being used to discover the true meaning of the villa’s murderous past?