Illusion by Rachel Billington
Becka and Marcello open the doors of their beautiful Italian home every year, welcoming an unpredictable cast of characters to attend a painting course. Old friends join new, including a prisoner on parole, a svelte Texan divorcee, a failed novelist, an undercover policeman and a mystically-inclined Japanese professor. Drama can always be counted on at Casa Cinghiale.
Then, the young cook goes missing. A body is found and suddenly everybody is under suspicion as age-old truths and lies bubble dangerously to the surface…
Staged against the breath-taking back-drop of the Tuscan hills, Illusion is a thrilling black comedy where nothing and nobody are quite what they seem.
Rachel Billington has written twenty one novels and eleven books for children. She is also a journalist, feature writer and reviewer. She is a regular contributor and Associate Editor of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and a Vice-President of English PEN. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature.