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Fatal Inheritance

by Rachel Rhys

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Fatal Inheritance

A completely glorious and captivating read, one where glamour and enchantment walk hand in hand alongside intrigue and mystery. Step into 1948 and meet Eve, she goes against her stuffy husband’s wishes and travels to the French Riviera to find out about a mystery inheritance. As Eve attempts to uncover the riddle of her benefactor, she discovers the glittering world she has walked into may have a very ugly core. This is such a beautifully easy book to read, I simply slid into the pages and swam in the silky mysterious depths. I found myself willing Eve on, I became more and more fond of her, completely invested in the storyline. The surrounding characters are simply delicious, the allure of the French Riviera was dazzling. Rachel Rhys writes with the elegance of the age, the words and story wrapped themselves around me. Intrigue sparks intrigue, and a whiff of dastardly turns more deadly as information floats free. ‘Fatal Inheritance’ is eloquently seductive, I highly recommend finding yourself a beautiful spot and slipping into this rewarding story.

Liz Robinson

Fatal Inheritance Synopsis

London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb. Out of the blue, she received a solicitor's letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera. Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with film-stars and famous writers, under the heat of the golden sun, rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge. Rivals who want her out of the way. Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest - before events turn deadly... Reminiscent of a Golden Age mystery, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the razzle-dazzle and decadence of the French Riviera. 

Fatal Inheritance Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

The perfect, intelligent holiday read. Full review

Sarah Webb

Well.. I think I've found my new favourite author, what a great summer read! I loved this book, great cover. The premise of it's intriguing too - What do you do when a compete stranger leaves you a share of a house in The French Riviera? 10 out of 10! Full review

Nicky Hudson

This cleverly written mystery is the perfect summer read whilst relaxing on holiday and I'd happily recommend it, Rachel Rhys is a fabulously talented and atmospheric author that writes like a dream and I will definitely be reading more by her again in the future.  Full review

Miriam Smith

Wonderful story about the uncovering of family secrets set on the French Riviera in 1948. Full review

Ann Peet

This is a very good read which claims your attention at the beginning and encourages you to keep turning the pages! Full review

Kathy Howell

Fatal Inheritance is a perfect summer read that brings the glamour of the post-war French Riviera to you in a most thrilling and captivating way. Full review

Emma Barton

Gripping, warm and thoroughly entertaining - a real page-turner. Full review

Alexandra Harper-Williams

A gripping story, wonderful characterisation and so descriptive it will transport you on Eve's journey to a glittering post-war French Riviera. Perfect holiday reading. Full review

Stephanie Blakey

A very enjoyable, singular read. I will be seeking out her first novel under this name and also those she has already written under the name of Tammy Cohen. Full review

Gill Wilmott

Fatal Inheritance reads like a modern-day Agatha Christie, where everyone is a potential suspect, and with a plot that slowly unfurls in a slew of beautiful prose. Full review

Gwen McGinty

This was an absorbing read and I enjoyed it. I liked the contrast between stuffy post-war London and the decadence of the French Riviera. Full review

Nicola Lowes

Eve is bored with her life and in a loveless marriage when she receives a letter telling her she is to receive an unexpected inheritance. Full review

Alison Burns

A joy to read, gripping story, one to pack for a holiday, Rachel Rhys has triumphed again with her novel Fatal inheritance full of quirky characters and twist and turns in a glamourous setting in the South of France Full review


Set in the post-Second World War French Riviera... you can almost feel the heat coming right off the page. Full review

Rachel Aygin

An easy read which will go down very well as a holiday read but will equally brighten any dull British winter day. Full review

Jillian McFrederick

A great read, memorable characters in a beautiful setting with an intriguing plot, with an appealing central heroine. Full review

maxine broadbent

Eve is left a quarter share in a house in the South of France by a man who she does not know. She travels to France and tries to work out the connection between her and this man. Things are not always as they seem and people cannot always be taken at face value. Full review

Dawn Vanstone

A satisfying mystery set in 1948. Eve Forrester, a young English housewife married to a fairly unloving man suddenly inherits a quarter share of a villa in the South of France. Why? She goes to the Riviera to find the astonishing truth which changes her whole life. Full review

Lynne Rapson

Set in the sparkling French Riviera post war 1948. It's a story of love, betrayal and friendships. Full review


A very engaging story with enough intrigue and mystery to keep you reading. Full review

Lou Woods

Brilliant once it gets to the heart of the story. A fantastic holiday read. Full review

Laura Rowland

Excellent period thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie, one to elicit a chill as you read this on your sun lounger! Full review

Jennifer Stoddart

Fatal Inheritance Press Reviews

Rachel Rhys should be on everyone's summer reading list - CLARE MACKINTOSH

With a dash of Agatha Christie and a nod to Zelda Fitzgerald, Rachel Rhys' historical mystery is simply gorgeous. The late 1940s Cote d'Azur setting is a character in its own right - one that will have you yearning to sip a gin fizz while watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean - KATE RIORDAN

I am racing though this delicious thriller set on the French Riviera in 1948. Rachel Rhys really is a natural successor to Patricia Highsmith. Out July, put it on preorder now so you don't forget. - SARRA MANNING

Deadly secrets, dazzling sunshine - utterly seductive. This book is a total joy - LUCY DAWSON

Atmospheric, totally absorbing and joyfully original - JANE FALLON

Utterly enthralling; Rachel Rhys brilliantly evokes the shabby glamour and bruised hearts of the post-war Riviera, where everyone has a secret to hide. I adored it. - JANE CASEY

I absolutely loved this book. All the intrigue of Agatha Christie with the intelligence of Barbara Vine in the most glamorous of settings. Rhys writes like an exotic dream! - LIZ NUGENT

Public service announcement; this book deserves to be massive. Can't tell you how hard and fast I fell for it. A stunningly beautiful, page turning feast of a novel - COLETTE MCBETH

Who doesn't dream of a letter from a solicitor informing them of something that is in their interest? When Eve sets off for the South of France to discover what lies in wait, she finds filmstars, roues, drunken writers and a disaffected housekeeper - the perfect recipe for a glorious post-war thriller. A wonderful bouillabaisse of glamour, greed, revenge and romance as Eve fights to escape a loveless, bloodless marriage and find her true self. As chic as Chanel with a hint of Christie, Fatal Inheritance will be on all the best-dressed sun-loungers this summer. - VERONICA HENRY

Rachel Rhys wove a spell over me with this book and whisked me away to the glitz of 1940s French Riviera. Sumptuous and hugely compelling, Rhys is a master of dialogue and observation and her characters crackle with life.Utter bliss. - AMANDA JENNINGS

I had to make myself slow down when reading this delicious, thrilling novel, because I didn't want it to end. If Daphne Du Maurier had been writing about the Cote D'Azur instead of Cornwall, she couldn't have done it better. Absolutely superb. - CASS GREEN

I raced through this and absolutely love it. What a cleverly woven plot, with intriguing characters and great period atmosphere! It made me want to drop everything and rush out to live there, in a house as similar to Villa la Perle as I can possibly find. - GILL PAUL

This atmospheric and intriguing novel will transport you to a glamorous - and deadly sun-baked world - Irish Times

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ISBN: 9780857524720
Publication date: 26/07/2018
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857524720
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Author: Rachel Rhys
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Historical fiction, Historical romance,

About Rachel Rhys

Rachel Rhys is the pen-name of a successful psychological suspense author. A Dangerous Crossing is her debut under this name and is inspired by a real life account of a 1930s ocean voyage. A Dangerous Crossing is due to be published around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family. Author photo © Johnny Ring

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