Mark Mills’ The Savage Garden is an thrilling journey into the gardens of the Italian Rennisance, and two murders separated by 400 years. Adam, a British undergrad, is sent to a garden to work on his art history thesis. Built in 1557 as a memorial to the owner’s wife, the garden holds secrets the years have hidden. Adam also begins to uncover the secrets of the Docci family, who currently reside in the villa.
With references to Renissance sculpture and art, as well as garden arcitecture and Dante, this mystery is as smart as it is exciting.