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In 1958, Adam Strickland, a young Cambridge scholar, travels to the Villa Docci in Tuscany to study a sixteenth-century garden. The garden starts to exercise an influence over his imagination, its iconography seeming to point to some darker truth than was first apparent. And what really lay behind a killing at the villa towards the end of the war?
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.
Shortlisted for CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2007.