The Secret of Villa Favoni

Intrigue, Betrayal and Love in Renaissance Italy

All men have enemies, but I had more than most.'
Simone da Benno, fresco painter and enfant terrible of the Medici Court.
The Year of Our Lord 1488.
After his latest misdemeanour, namely trying to steal his rival’s prize student ~ a talented lad called Michelangelo Buonarroti ~ Simone da Benno is forced to flee Florence. Mistakenly thinking things cant get any worse he heads north with Tomma, his shrewd young apprentice, to offer his services to the rival city. 
On their arrival they’re given refuge in the home of a wealthy silk merchant. But things in the house are not as they seem, and it doesn’t take long before they find themselves dragged back into the old, familiar, world of conspiracy and deceit.
What is the secret of Villa Favoni? Time is against them, as there are others who want to find out.  It’s their intimate knowledge of the criminal mind, and the courage of a young novice nun, that helps them uncover the terrible truth and save both themselves and the fortunes of Italy.

Maggie Morris Wyllie

Maggie Morris Wyllie

Maggie Morris Wyllie is an art historian whose love of Renaissance Italy tempted her to write her first novel, The Secret of Villa Favoni. Her grandfather was an antiques dealer, which meant that as she grew up, many beautiful and interesting objects passed through her family’s tiny flat in Glasgow. It was her fascination for these treasures that led her into the world of art history. She admits to being a rather boring child. Her most exciting memory of those early years is having her library books marked with a stamp...and starting to read them on her way home. All this changed when she finished school and stepped on a train to Milan. There was no turning back, the magic had struck. After Art school and University she worked in Italy, first as an art historian in Florence, Venice and Rome and then with The British Council in major museums throughout Europe. After two decades living and working abroad, she and her husband are now back in London… a city they adore... but they do return to Scotland to visit their families, walk along the beach at Crammond, and go to the odd rugby match.
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