Timothy Holme was born in England in 1928. For many years he made a living as an actor, television programmer, and journalist. While on vacation in Italy, Holme fell in love with his Italian teacher, Bianca Ghirardelli. He married Bianca and moved to Verona where he was to live for the remainder of his life. In 1975 he wrote his first book, a biography of the Venetian playwright and librettist, Carlo Goldoni, whose work he references in his subsequent mysteries. He spent the last ten years of his life writing the Achille Peroni series. Holme died in Italy on May 31, 1987.