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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Mills Narrator: Ian Stuart Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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?

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/16/2014

    " Honestly I couldn't get very far into this book. It didn't peak my interest at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie | 2/7/2014

    " Listened to it and probably would have been better had I read it since I had a hard time keeping track of all the different family connections. Loved the dry British humor and it was an interesting art history mystery... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara Rosenthal | 2/1/2014

    " A darkly provocative mystery set in the Tuscan hills; clue by clue the mystery of the ancient garden is revealed; and a more recent murder. Fun! Fun! Fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by marsha | 1/31/2014

    " A surprising story about the secrets within a family. "

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