Fatal Inheritance

Fatal Inheritance

Rachel Rhys / Sep 22, 2019

Fatal Inheritance Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this suspenseful historical novel where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth She didn t have an enemy in the world

  • Title: Fatal Inheritance
  • Author: Rachel Rhys
  • ISBN: 1982111577
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth She didn t have an enemy in the world until she inherited a fortune.London 1948 Eve Forrester is stuck in a loveless marriage, isolated in her gray and gloomy house when out of the blue, she receives a letter A w Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth She didn t have an enemy in the world until she inherited a fortune.London 1948 Eve Forrester is stuck in a loveless marriage, isolated in her gray and gloomy house when out of the blue, she receives a letter A wealthy stranger has left her a mysterious inheritance but in order to find out , she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.There, Eve discovers she has been bequeathed an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and suddenly, life could not be glamorous But while she rubs shoulders with the rich and famous, challengers to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge challengers who would love to see Eve gone forever.Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest before her unexpected twist of fate turns deadly Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long hidden secrets, set against the decadence of the C te d Azur Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 400 pages Expected publication June 11th 2019 by Washington Square Press More Details ISBN 1982111577 ISBN13 9781982111571 Other Editions 13 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys Release date Jun 11, 2019 Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this exquisite and shimmering Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this exquisite and shimmering Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth 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, author of The Stranger Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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famous writers, artists and the rich It is 1948 and Britain still has rationing, goods are hard to get with austerity the lot of the people In Sutton, Eve Forrester has a joyless rancorous mother, short on love, who has engineered her marriage to Clifford after she lost her fiance, Archie, in the war She lives a drab existence with a husband who treats her as an irrelevance A letter promising a mysterious inheritance from Guy Lester, a stranger to her, has her travelling alone to the French Riviera to find out The Lester family are less than pleased to hear of her existence, resentful and hostile of her quarter share with Guy s other children, Noel, Duncan, and Libby to the Villa La Perle.In complete contrast to her miserable and unsatisfying life in England, Eve is now surrounded by the glamorous elites of the sunny Riviera, attending parties thrown by aristocrats The Hollywood film star, Gloria Hayes is marrying famous playboy, Laurent, in the celebrity wedding of the year Surprisingly Gloria and Eve connect, with her receiving a rare wedding invitation Eve finds herself drawn to an art dealer, Victor Meunier, as she tries to adjust to her new and exciting milieu However, a strange set of accidents keep happening to Eve, is she imagining that someone wants her out of the way Facing a Lester family that are pressuring her to sell her part of the Villa, Eve s only friends are Sully, an American writer, and the Cornell family, Ruth, Rupert and their son, Jack, who she first met on the train to the Riviera Desperate to solve the mystery of her connection to Guy, Eve refuses to return to Sutton at Clifford s bidding, particularly as she pictures their home with the heavy dark wardrobe with its brass handle that resembles a coffin.Rhys gives us a wide cast of characters, a Riviera that had recently been inhabited by Nazis, with many in the area having links to them Eve s quest to find out why she inherited a share in the villa provides plenty of intrigue, family drama, and the emergence of secrets and lies that shatter Eve s world completely I loved Rhys s characterisation of Eve, the woman who will go to great lengths to please in her efforts to seek approval to an Eve that begins to find her backbone and stand up for herself This is a lovely and enjoyable read that shimmers with the joy of the sun and sea, and with rich historical details capturing the glamour and the dark undercurrents that run beneath the famous and wealthy elites Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC flag 67 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jun 29, 2018 Miriam Smith rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lovereading Rachel Rhys is the pen name for the very popular psychological thriller writer Tammy Cohen and this her second book Fatal Inheritance is a wonderful, historical fiction novel that will appeal to many readers young and old Although not quite as gripping as the author s first book A Dangerous Crossing that I also enjoyed, this is however just as fabulously written and beautifully atmospheric.Set in 1948 on the gorgeous French Riviera, I could have been sitting there myself on the sun drenched Rachel Rhys is the pen name for the very popular psychological thriller writer Tammy Cohen and this her second book Fatal Inheritance is a wonderful, historical fiction novel that will appeal to many readers young and old Although not quite as gripping as the author s first book A Dangerous Crossing that I also enjoyed, this is however just as fabulously written and beautifully atmospheric.Set in 1948 on the gorgeous French Riviera, I could have been sitting there myself on the sun drenched beach reading this book, it was so descriptive I truly could smell the scent of lavender and honeysuckle and could easily imagine the uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean.I liked the main character Eve a lot and sympathised with her mundane life and husband I particularly loved how although she was not worldly wise she wasn t frightened to try new things and explore her new surroundings Her new and very unexpected inheritance breathed new life into her and the mystery surrounding her benefactor Mr Lester, added to the intrigue.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 by her again in the future A well deserved 4 stars Thank you to LoveReading for my copy of the book in return for an honest review flag 31 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Aug 02, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, arc, historical fiction, mystery, reviewing by request, sent by publisher, 5000 books, own read When Eve Forrester received the notification from a solicitor to announce she had an inheritance from an unknown person, she was informed she had to travel to the French Riviera to find out what it was Clifford, Eve s cold and aloof husband, was against her going, especially on her own, but she put her foot down Soon enough she was on her way, admittedly for a few days only, but she was on her own and heading to glamour something she had never imagined.It was 1948 and the war was over But t When Eve Forrester received the notification from a solicitor to announce she had an inheritance from an unknown person, she was informed she had to travel to the French Riviera to find out what it was Clifford, Eve s cold and aloof husband, was against her going, especially on her own, but she put her foot down Soon enough she was on her way, admittedly for a few days only, but she was on her own and heading to glamour something she had never imagined.It was 1948 and the war was over But the effects lingered everywhere Eve looked Learning her legacy was a quarter share in an elegant but run down villa called Villa La Perle, she was enchanted when she saw the delightful pale pink villa which overlooked the glittering Mediterranean sea Even knowing the other three were the wife of the man who had died, and his two sons and the fact they didn t want anything to do with her couldn t change her pleasure.But Eve wanted to know why she was included in this legacy Who this man was she had never heard of before And as her determination to find the answers ramped up, so too did the danger Someone wanted her gone The French Riviera was a glittering fa ade one that could turn deadly if she wasn t careful Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys was a wonderful read Mystery, intrigue, glamour and danger what a combination Set mostly in the French Riviera in the aftermath of war, the descriptions and the beauty of the author s words captivated me Fatal Inheritance is my first by this author, but I m sure it won t be my last For fans of historical mysteries, this one will hit the spot Highly recommended.With thanks to Penguin Random House for my ARC to read and review flag 29 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 22, 2018 Umut Reviews rated it really liked it review of another edition For full review please visit my blog enjoyed this book quiet a lot It was one of these books that pull you in immediately, and want to learn and about its characters I liked Eve and her development throughout the book I also thought the addition of side characters was done very well It was not overwhelming, and it didn t confuse the reader with unnecessary extra pocket of events on the side For these reasons, it was a delightful, simple, For full review please visit my blog enjoyed this book quiet a lot It was one of these books that pull you in immediately, and want to learn and about its characters I liked Eve and her development throughout the book I also thought the addition of side characters was done very well It was not overwhelming, and it didn t confuse the reader with unnecessary extra pocket of events on the side For these reasons, it was a delightful, simple, yet entertaining read.I also liked the set up of the atmosphere, French Riviera after war I learned how things affected the local people, war dynamics and its aftermath The descriptions were delicious, and sometimes I wanted to be there to jump into the cold, blue water Another element I enjoyed was the mystery I guessed some things, but I couldn t figure out the whole picture till the end, and it unfolded in an exciting way It was also complex than I thought, so I guess that was a good bonus.In the middle of the book, it slowed down for some time But, in the end, there was a lot of tension and the reveal of the mystery I think it would be better if there was a even build up to the reveal throughout the book, as it would make it equally entertaining Regardless, I kept going and I m glad I did, as it turned out to be a really interesting finish flag 37 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2018 Amanda Mrs Bs Book Reviews rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 books, review book mysterious inheritance that must be claimed in the French Riviera by a complete stranger to Eve Forrester, a British woman, is the intriguing premise of Fatal Inheritance Rachel Rhys is the pseudonym for Tammy Cohen, a popular psychological thriller author Fatal Inheritance is the second novel by Rachel Rhys and it is one stunning read that I devoured from cover to cover.Fatal Inheritance is set in the post World War II, in the year 1948 The events of t mysterious inheritance that must be claimed in the French Riviera by a complete stranger to Eve Forrester, a British woman, is the intriguing premise of Fatal Inheritance Rachel Rhys is the pseudonym for Tammy Cohen, a popular psychological thriller author Fatal Inheritance is the second novel by Rachel Rhys and it is one stunning read that I devoured from cover to cover.Fatal Inheritance is set in the post World War II, in the year 1948 The events of the novel begin with Eve Forrester, a woman locked in an unhappy marriage Eve s dreary existence in London is disrupted by an unexpected letter from a solicitor s office The details of this life changing letter leads Eve to embark on a journey from London, to the opulent French Riviera, in order to claim her inheritance When Eve arrives in the French Riviera, she is shocked to learn that she owns part of a villa, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea Eve is soon thrust into a world far removed from her own she rubs shoulders with artists, movie stars, writers and other well known figures Slowly Eve begins to unlock the finer details of her surprising legacy But not everyone is happy with Eve s presence and her bequest In this luxurious hideaway, Eve alone must uncover the puzzle of the strange fortune that has come her way.I read and very much enjoyed A Dangerous Crossing, the first novel penned by Rachel Rhys I was keen to immerse myself completely in this novel Fatal Inheritance is one beguiling read I really appreciated the structure of this novel, it made the novel something spectacular Rhys slowly divulges information from Eve, the main protagonist s point of view, and interchanges it with Guy Lester s story, which unfurls only a few months earlier Guy is Eve s benefactor and events in the narrative also cover the time just prior to his death, which reveals the reason why he has issued part of this personal wealth to Eve.Rachel Rhys has cast a fine lead in Eve Forrester There is a sense of normalcy to Eve She is a down to earth and grounded protagonist Eve is acutely aware of her background and her current position I felt a great deal of empathy for Eve from the very beginning of the novel and throughout the progression of the book It was a pleasure to observe Eve s character growth, she moves from quite an unsteady young woman, to a grown woman who is confident in her needs and desires.Eve s exchanges with the secondary characters that populate the pages of Fatal Inheritance are worthy of your attention From Eve s stilted relationship with her husband, through to Guy Lester s family and the new figures Eve is introduced to during her time in the French Riviera I loved how Rhys was able to insert some famous faces in her setting, from writers, to artists and actors For me it added an extra interest layer to this already fascinating tale.Rhys does an absolutely excellent job of capturing the period, setting and mood of the post war era in which Fatal Inheritance is set This is a fascinating period to me personally, Rhys resurrects the grief, loss and sense of regret, to the rise of lax attitudes Although many had lost so much in the war, there was a sense living in the moment, which is carefully evoked through the passages of this book In addition, Rhys issues the reader with a picture postcard image of life in the French Riviera Through Rhys prose, we are able to get a great feel for the luxury, glamour, riches, picturesque scenery and celebrity sparkle of this region.My interest level in Fatal Inheritance was sustained by the integral mystery of why Guy Lester, a man unknown to Eve Forrester, gifted her a fortune At first I thought Eve was an illegitimate child of Lester s, but my guess was off the mark I could understand the frustrations and suspicions cast on Eve on behalf of Lester s family, but when the final reveal is made, it all falls into place What a cracking secret it is This element of the narrative is where Rhys truly glitters, I think she performed a significant amount of research into inheritance laws in France, at this point in time confirmation of this is contained in the Acknowledgements section of the book It completely captivated me Underneath the pivotal mystery of Fatal Inheritance is a slight hint of romance, but it never overshadows the procession of the main narrative We explore Eve s frustrations with her loveless and confining marriage While in the Riviera, we watch Eve grow into her own skin and explore her desires, with surprising results Rhys does a fine job of portraying this side of the novel.I hope I have managed to convey how much this historical mystery novel enthralled me I couldn t have asked for a better read I am declaring Fatal Inheritance one of my top reads of 2018 I m so looking forward to seeing what Rachael Rhys composes next I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes flag 22 likesLike see review Jul 21, 2018 Karen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Eve Forrester has a loveless and dull marriage with Clifford Whilst he is not abusive, he seems totally unconcerned about her happiness and sucks all the joy out of life there is no fun or spontaneous affection He is very much a penny pincher and everything Eve has is old and worn Eve is not an experienced or worldly person, although a previous relationship had shown her what love can be She does not have a happy or loving relationship with her mother Mary and one of the reasons she married Eve Forrester has a loveless and dull marriage with Clifford Whilst he is not abusive, he seems totally unconcerned about her happiness and sucks all the joy out of life there is no fun or spontaneous affection He is very much a penny pincher and everything Eve has is old and worn Eve is not an experienced or worldly person, although a previous relationship had shown her what love can be She does not have a happy or loving relationship with her mother Mary and one of the reasons she married Clifford was to get away Whilst wishing for from life, Eve accepts her lot as the best she can expect and, rather sadly it seems, considers herself fortunate to find any man to marry her.That is until she receives a letter out of the blue from solicitors It appears that she has been left an inheritance by a man called Guy Lester but to find out she must travel to the South of France Eve has no idea who her benefactor is or what if any, his connection is to her or her family Against Clifford s advice, she decides to go and find out.Set on the post war French Riviera in 1948, Eve finds a very different way of life Having been used to rationing in England, the decadence and extravagance is completely alien to her She finds herself mixing with the rich and famous such a contrast from her life in Surrey with Clifford.Life is not all sunshine and glamour though She is resented and distrusted by the Lester family because she stands between them and their plans and it becomes clear that somebody wants her out of the way As the outsider, Eve is unsure who she can trust There is a sinister undercurrent not just affecting Eve but also as a hangover from the war Many French people in the area collaborated or colluded with the Germans during the war and as a result there is a lot of distrust by the French towards their own.Fatal Inheritance is a beautifully written and captivating read with a nod to the glamorous parties and lifestyle of F Scott Fitzgerald The locations are superbly described with sights and smells that evoke the senses There are many strong characters which come to life and make the story so compelling, Gloria the Hollywood actress being just one I was so engrossed that I read over half of the book in one sitting I just couldn t put it down until I d finished The main part of the story is told in the third person whilst a separate strand is narrated in the first person The intriguing mystery that runs through the story kept me wondering and although I was convinced that I had worked out the who, I was completely stumped as to the why When later on, certain events are revealed and loyalties are shown to be have been severely tested, I was willing Eve on to live the life that SHE wanted Eve was an extremely engaging character and I loved seeing her gain in confidence.Tammy Cohen has long shown her skill as a writer of psychological thrillers and suspense novels Writing as her other persona, Rachel Rhys, she is clearly an extremely talented historical fiction author too I adored this book and I can t recommend it enough It is just a gorgeous sumptuous read and will be one of my favourite books this year Go get it flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 26, 2018 Jane rated it really liked it review of another edition A few years after the end of the War, Eve Forrester is living a dull, monotonous life with with her husband Clifford Her mother engineered the marriage after Eve lost her fiance, Archie, in the war and tells her that she should be grateful, that she is lucky to have a husband and a home of her own Eve tries but she can t quite manage it, because Clifford disregards her and is quite unresponsive to her efforts to be a good wife and to make a nice home for him.One unexpected letter changes every A few years after the end of the War, Eve Forrester is living a dull, monotonous life with with her husband Clifford Her mother engineered the marriage after Eve lost her fiance, Archie, in the war and tells her that she should be grateful, that she is lucky to have a husband and a home of her own Eve tries but she can t quite manage it, because Clifford disregards her and is quite unresponsive to her efforts to be a good wife and to make a nice home for him.One unexpected letter changes everything.That letter comes from a solicitor in Cannes on the French Riviera and it tells Eve that Guy Lester has just died and he has left Eve a bequest that she must visit him to claim Eve has no idea who Mr Lester was Clifford is too busy to go, he doesn t approve of married women travelling without their husbands but as he likes the idea of a legacy, and as all her expenses will be paid, he agrees that Eve may go.And so begins the story of Eve s journey and her time in the South of France a lovely period piece, threaded with mystery and intrigue.She makes friends on the train, but the Lester family are less than pleased to discover that a complete stranger has inherited a quarter share of Guy s family home, the Villa La Perle and they have no idea why than she does Clifford is also unhappy when he learns that his wife will need to stay at the villa to deal with all of the necessary formalities and legalities.Soon Eve finds herself mixing not just with Lester s suspicious family, but with film stars, writers and artists, and a whole host of others It s a world away from the one Eve has left behind and it helps her to blossom in the warmth of the sun and to find the confidence to think and act for herself.It was all lovely to see.Eve realises she must uncover the history that brought her to the South of France and that is when accidents began to happen and she begins to wonder if somebody wants her out of the way I was captivated from the first page to the last.I was very taken with a wonderfully diverse characters Every one was vividly drawn, and as the story progressed I realised that everyone of them had depth and complexity It has to be said that some of them were not very nice people, but there were enough that were who cared and would be good friends to Eve to bring warmth of the story.I felt the warmth of the sun too, and Eve s life in her new world is so well drawn that I might have been beside her, seeing the same places and the same people, asking the same questions Some of the answers that she uncovered made my heart lift and some of them made my heart fall Some of them I foresaw, and some of them came as complete surprises.The period is beautifully evoked, and the consequences of war in both countries are drawn out England is austere and rationing is still in force while the south of France is warm and colourful, but still haunted by the ghosts of the Nazi occupation The author has clearly thought about this and about how to use it into her story, and she has used it very well.The characterisation of Eve was lovely, and watching her grow from a downtrodden housewife to a woman ready to set her own course in life was one of my favourite things about this book I also appreciated the stories of other women living with the consequences of war There was one who was coming to terms with the loss of one of her sons, there was another who Eve could see was making the same mistake that she had marrying the wrong man because another one might not come along.Rachel Rhys deployed her whole cast of characters very effectively, she gave her story many different aspects, she caught her period and her settings beautifully, and she spun her slow burning mystery story around all of that so cleverly.There were times when I would have liked a little subtlety, and there were characters and storylines that I would have like to have had a little or a little less time and attention.Those are minor points though.The resolution of the story was exactly right everything that needed an explanation had one, and the book as a whole worked very well indeed flag 16 likesLike see review Jul 14, 2018 Melanie Mels Bookland Adventures rated it really liked it review of another edition I also mention this book in a recent blog post Why do we read seasonal This book is coming out later in the month and despite having the worst strapline on the cover, I think it is a fun, summer read It has touches of Mary Stewart and Patricia Highsmith and is just the kind of thing you want to read on a deckchair, cocktail in hand Set in the glitz and glamour of post war South of France, we have Eve, a proper fish out of water, who is dazzled by an unexpected inheritance, wanting to find out I also mention this book in a recent blog post Why do we read seasonal This book is coming out later in the month and despite having the worst strapline on the cover, I think it is a fun, summer read It has touches of Mary Stewart and Patricia Highsmith and is just the kind of thing you want to read on a deckchair, cocktail in hand Set in the glitz and glamour of post war South of France, we have Eve, a proper fish out of water, who is dazzled by an unexpected inheritance, wanting to find out why this stranger left her something in his will Needless to say there is plenty of mystery, quite some danger and a light dose of romance I loved it flag 12 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2018 Brooke One Womans Brief Book Reviews rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read reviewed 2018 onewomansbbr.wordpress 3.5 stars Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys 2018 It s 1948 and Eve is bored in a loveless marriage in a gloomy house in London Out of the blue she receives a solicitor s letter advising that a wealthy stranger has left her a wealthy inheritance which turns out to be a share in a villa in the French Riviera Suddenly her life is glamorous and she is rubbing shoulders with film stars and famous writers but there are also rivals to her unexplained fortune who wan onewomansbbr.wordpress 3.5 stars Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys 2018 It s 1948 and Eve is bored in a loveless marriage in a gloomy house in London Out of the blue she receives a solicitor s letter advising that a wealthy stranger has left her a wealthy inheritance which turns out to be a share in a villa in the French Riviera Suddenly her life is glamorous and she is rubbing shoulders with film stars and famous writers but there are also rivals to her unexplained fortune who want her out of the way Eve must find out the story behind her inheritanceThis book was a fairly pleasurable read I personally didn t quite understand some of the plot points some things weren t followed up on as much as I would have liked I also struggled to understand why most of the characters really didn t seem that interested in why Eve had received this inheritance they seemed to have a slight curiosity and that was about it, they weren t fussed in helping Eve find out why But other than that it s an enjoyable read with quite a few interesting characters The mystery around the inheritance is absorbing and when the secret is finally revealed it is worth the wait as it s a very clever storyline.This book has very impressive reviews on I think I went in with quite high expectations which may explain why I didn t enjoy it as much as others It s definitely worth a read for those that are fans of historical fiction Rachel Rhys is the pen name of psychological suspense author Tammy Cohen flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved A Dangerous Crossing from Rachel Rhys, pen name of the incredibly talented Tammy Cohen and whilst I still love her psychological thrillers I have to say these stories are where her beautiful writing lives and breathes.Fatal Inheritance is a classic family drama with hints of mystery done in such an absorbing and beautifully crafted manner that you just live the whole thing from the moment you start until the moment you, very reluctantly in my case, leave it behind.The historical aspec I loved A Dangerous Crossing from Rachel Rhys, pen name of the incredibly talented Tammy Cohen and whilst I still love her psychological thrillers I have to say these stories are where her beautiful writing lives and breathes.Fatal Inheritance is a classic family drama with hints of mystery done in such an absorbing and beautifully crafted manner that you just live the whole thing from the moment you start until the moment you, very reluctantly in my case, leave it behind.The historical aspects are authentic, the setting of the French Riviera, post war, comes to vivid gorgeously described life, the glamour and the dark side, utterly compelling.Into this setting comes Eve Forrester, leaving her rather dull husband behind her, trying to find out why a stranger to her has included her in his will Here she meets his family, the Lester s, all suspicious of her and her motivations Soon she is living an entirely different life to the one she knows but dark secrets abound and danger lurks.The characters are truly memorable, one of the things I absolutely adored about this was how Eve came to change and adapt and finally discover her own self worth She is a highly engaging character on her own but the group dynamic plays into the themes being explored and her growing relationships with all the people she meets along the way form the heart and soul of this novel It is utterly riveting, totally addictive and highly immersive.I ll never forget Eve Or indeed Gloria who is one of the standout characters here amongst an extraordinarily strong cast The sense of time, that post war era when everything and everyone was adjusting to a new reality is captured pitch perfectly and is hugely emotionally resonant Fatal Inheritance is a glamorous novel with a dark dark heart I adored every minute of it and I genuinely can t wait to see what Rachel Rhys brings us next.Highly Recommended flag 8 likesLike see review Jul 25, 2018 Joanne Robertson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Oh what a sumptuous piece of historical fiction this is I adored Dangerous Crossing which was the first book written by Rachel Rhys the pen name of psychological thriller writer Tammy Cohen and couldn t wait to see if her second book lived up to the dazzling charm of the first And I am so happy to report that, not only did I love it, I loved it MORE Eve Forrester lives a dull, grey and loveless existence with her husband in post war Britain So the delivery of a letter addressed to her is a Oh what a sumptuous piece of historical fiction this is I adored Dangerous Crossing which was the first book written by Rachel Rhys the pen name of psychological thriller writer Tammy Cohen and couldn t wait to see if her second book lived up to the dazzling charm of the first And I am so happy to report that, not only did I love it, I loved it MORE Eve Forrester lives a dull, grey and loveless existence with her husband in post war Britain So the delivery of a letter addressed to her is a real cause for excitement even though her level headed husband thinks nothing will come of the cryptic request to attend a meeting with a solicitor But an unexpected inheritance means a journey to the jewel coloured waters of the French Riviera and the heady heights of mixing with the rich and famous But someone isn t happy with Eve s turn of the wheel of fortune and wants her out of the way Now Eve needs to follow the trail left by her mysterious benefactor to solve the secrets that have been kept hidden away for too many years.I was immediately transported to the post war era when I started to read Fatal Inheritance The sense of time and place came together so perfectly that by the time Eve was on the sleeper train traveling throughout France, I felt as though I had been transported back to the 1940s My eyes were as wide as Eve s as she first took in the sights of the beautiful French countryside, a country recovering from the ravages of the Second World War Once at her destination she meets a variety of characters who are glamorous, rich and intriguing All are charming and engaging, but there are undercurrents that Eve doesn t understand Slowly, mysteries are resolved and agendas are revealed as the plot unfolds The central mystery was one I didn t guess but that wasn t the be all and end all of this novel and it was Eve s journey of self discovery that became the main focus of enjoyment for me.I became so involved in the beautifully written storyline that it was a shock when I finished reading it and I looked up from the pages to find darkness had fallen around me This is an atmospheric and bewitching read that is perfect for your summer getaway Read it on the beach, read it in the garden but do read it Highly recommended by me flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 03, 2018 Eva rated it it was amazing review of another edition One word LOVE There Now go and buy it.I adored Rachel Rhys previous book, A Dangerous Crossing, and couldn t wait to read by her I had super high expectations for Fatal Inheritance and needing to wait for the stunning hardcover to finally land on my doorstep was excruciating However, within the first few pages I already knew it had most definitely been worth the wait.There is something immensely captivating about the way Rachel Rhys writes and it only took minutes for me to find m One word LOVE There Now go and buy it.I adored Rachel Rhys previous book, A Dangerous Crossing, and couldn t wait to read by her I had super high expectations for Fatal Inheritance and needing to wait for the stunning hardcover to finally land on my doorstep was excruciating However, within the first few pages I already knew it had most definitely been worth the wait.There is something immensely captivating about the way Rachel Rhys writes and it only took minutes for me to find myself completely transported to 1948, where we are introduced to the character of Eve Forrester To say Eve is a wee miserable might be a slight understatement Caught up in loveless marriage and living in a grey London suburb in a gloomy house where nothing is to her taste, she often wonders if this is it Is this the best it ll ever be But then she receives a letter, telling her of an inheritance left to her by a wealthy stranger To find out , Eve needs to travel all the way to the south of France But with a family resentful of her status as an heir, all is not fierce sunshine and lovely smelling flowers.Set right after the second world war, there was no hardship at all in sympathising with Eve s circumstances After all, women had been doing their bit during the war, finding their own feet and surviving, doing jobs intended for men as they were off fighting Yet now, they are expected to go back to being submissive Eve s husband, in particular, is incredibly domineering and highly unlikeable Her trip to France, where she gets to mingle with celebrities and get a taste of how things could be, will change her life.I ve never been to the south of France but the gloriously vivid descriptions made it incredibly easy to imagine the sights, the scents and the feeling of the sun on my skin Although considering I read this in the middle of a heatwave, the latter wasn t too hard to do The mystery as to who has left Eve this inheritance is slowly revealed throughout the story and while I did figure bits out quite early on, it didn t bother me at all.Fatal Inheritance is historical fiction from the top shelf It s mysterious and exquisitely written One to savour and enjoy and be utterly immersed in Did I mention I loved it I absolutely can t wait for by Rachel Rhys flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 13, 2018 Roman Clodia rated it liked it review of another edition An enjoyable frothy read perfect for unchallenging sunshine reading with a cocktail by your side I kept having flashbacks to other books The Enchanted April for Eve s liberation from an almost comically uptight husband a million romances where the love interest is flagged from the outset by his green eyes, broad shoulders, and seeming lack of interest in Eve except for the fact he s always turning up and whisking her off in his car.There s definitely a Cinderella fantasy vibe about the w An enjoyable frothy read perfect for unchallenging sunshine reading with a cocktail by your side I kept having flashbacks to other books The Enchanted April for Eve s liberation from an almost comically uptight husband a million romances where the love interest is flagged from the outset by his green eyes, broad shoulders, and seeming lack of interest in Eve except for the fact he s always turning up and whisking her off in his car.There s definitely a Cinderella fantasy vibe about the whole thing as Eve steps out from her dowdy no friends life in Sutton and straight into something far glamorous and enticing in the Riviera where she s insta friends with a Hollywood starlet, a famous writer who himself knows the Fitzgeralds and Hemingway and is invited to parties thrown by a couple we assume are Edward and the previous Mrs Simpson, now simply dubbed the Duke and Duchess.Throw in dark family secrets, the inserted voice of the now dead Guy Lester, Nazis and Eve s life being threatened and you have something that looks over its shoulder, vaguely, at the films of Hitchcock I didn t find this as gripping, subtle and engrossing as Rhys A Dangerous Crossing but there s certainly a deck chair nearby just crying out for a book like this Thanks to the publisher for an ARC via NetGalley flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 23, 2018 Kate rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favourites read in 2018, out in 2018 and read A truly spellbinding novel which brings the glamorous French Riviera to life during the late 1940s, a time when everyone wishes to put behind them the trauma and loss of the Second World War Eve Forrester s story is engrossing as she discovers that the Rivera is not quite the paradise she was expecting This is the perfect summer read and as beautifully written as you d expect from the author of one of my favourite novels of recent years Dangerous Crossing Review to follow shortly on For Win A truly spellbinding novel which brings the glamorous French Riviera to life during the late 1940s, a time when everyone wishes to put behind them the trauma and loss of the Second World War Eve Forrester s story is engrossing as she discovers that the Rivera is not quite the paradise she was expecting This is the perfect summer read and as beautifully written as you d expect from the author of one of my favourite novels of recent years Dangerous Crossing Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights flag 6 likesLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Thebooktrail rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books set in france BookTrail the locations in the novel Time to visit The French RivieraFatal Inheritance there s something deliciously thrilling about a title like that, so I was dying to read it I was even imagining sitting in a yellow swimsuit and mirroring that lady s pose whilst doing so, but the novel is so evocative of place that I didn t need to thankfully.Imagine being left a legacy a home possibly , in the South of France Imagine not knowing who this man is or why you have been even mention BookTrail the locations in the novel Time to visit The French RivieraFatal Inheritance there s something deliciously thrilling about a title like that, so I was dying to read it I was even imagining sitting in a yellow swimsuit and mirroring that lady s pose whilst doing so, but the novel is so evocative of place that I didn t need to thankfully.Imagine being left a legacy a home possibly , in the South of France Imagine not knowing who this man is or why you have been even mentioned in his will, let alone been gifted something such as this.Now add the golden era of the actors and actresses swarming along the French Riviera, post war, when outsiders were viewed suspiciously than most, when everyone, rich or poor was adjusting to a new post war world, and in a place where glamour is second nature to some, until the dark shadows appear overhead.I found Eve, the main character utterly engaging as she left her pathetic husband and came looking for freedom and insight into this Fatal Inheritance The people she meets, the relationships she forms and the unexpected sting in the tail Rachel weaves and twists those group dynamics until there s not a drop of clarity left and that s what s so gripping Who are these people, what are they and how does Eve fit in with it all Two worlds collide and the fallout is emotional and strong.Grab a cocktail and head to the French Riviera but be careful as that jolly colourful umbrella poised in your glass might well stab you in the eye or indeed heart flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it review of another edition Fatal Inheritance is the second standalone novel by Rachel Rhys and the first book I have read To be perfectly honest I didn t read her debut book A Dangerous Crossing because Rachel Rhys is the pen name of one of my FAVOURITE psychological thriller authors TAMMY COHEN and was worried that because I m not a huge fan of historical fiction and the change in genre that I wouldn t enjoy it What a silly billy I am So I am now apologising to Tammy Rachel and will hopefully make up for my lapse i Fatal Inheritance is the second standalone novel by Rachel Rhys and the first book I have read To be perfectly honest I didn t read her debut book A Dangerous Crossing because Rachel Rhys is the pen name of one of my FAVOURITE psychological thriller authors TAMMY COHEN and was worried that because I m not a huge fan of historical fiction and the change in genre that I wouldn t enjoy it What a silly billy I am So I am now apologising to Tammy Rachel and will hopefully make up for my lapse in judgement by my review.Fatal Inheritance is a stunningly, glamorous novel set in a post war French Riviera Eve Forrester lives in Sutton with her stuffy, controlling and dull husband Clifford when she receives a letter from a solicitor inviting her to the French Riviera to the reading of a will of a man she has never heard of Eager to escape her monotonous and lonely life she decides to travel to Cannes to find out why a wealthy stranger has named her in his will.Once Eve arrives in Cap d Antibes she meets the Lesters, a dark and dysfunctional family who instantly resent her presence and intrusion in their lives especially being named in the will with no explanation However, Eve sees this as a perfect opportunity to find out about the mystery benefactor and why she has been left an inheritance.This cast of characters in this sumptuous drama are absolutely wonderful from Gloria, the Hollywood A Lister Sully, the American Author and the wonderful Rupert and Ruth Collett Even dull Clifford with his waxed moustache was so believable and real that I was transported to the beautiful French Riviera amongst the glitter of the fabulously wealthy families It was so descriptive and atmospheric that I was able to see the beautiful villas, hear the Mediterranean Sea and smell the fragrances of all the flowers.If you enjoy atmospheric historical fiction then I would definitely recommend Fatal Inheritance flag 4 likesLike see review Jul 20, 2018 Deborah rated it really liked it review of another edition I don t tend to read historical fiction unless it s intermingled with the present, so this book didn t jump out at me when it arrived despite the Australian edition s beautiful cover However, I decided I d give it a go as there was something about the blurb that made me think about Agatha Christie s A Caribbean Mystery, Evil Under the Sun or The Mystery of the Blue Train.Fatal Inheritance by Tammy Cohen writing as Rachel Rhys wasn t really a hardcore whodunit requiring a Belgian detective o I don t tend to read historical fiction unless it s intermingled with the present, so this book didn t jump out at me when it arrived despite the Australian edition s beautiful cover However, I decided I d give it a go as there was something about the blurb that made me think about Agatha Christie s A Caribbean Mystery, Evil Under the Sun or The Mystery of the Blue Train.Fatal Inheritance by Tammy Cohen writing as Rachel Rhys wasn t really a hardcore whodunit requiring a Belgian detective or woolly but whip smart spinster however Instead it s an intriguing story with delightful characters and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.In reality there was no edge of the seat suspense or murderous mystery to be solved other than one that pops up toward the end There is the intriguing question though of why Eve has been left money in the will of someone she s never met Naturally the family initially assumes she s one of Guy Lester s many many trysts, then later perhaps a resulting lovechild Which was a bit awkward cos I was kinda hoping she was going to leave her boring and belittling husband Clifford for Guy s oldest son the Mr Darcy like brooding and slightly contemptuous but secretly nice Noel And of course the brother sister thing would put the kibosh on that Although once the mysterious Victor Meunier appears on the scene Eve is quite bewitched.As Eve s enjoying her Cannes escape Shirley Valentine style and soaking up all the French Riviera has to offer, there remains the background fascination of the source of her good fortune and Eve finds herself intrigued enough to go against her husband s wishes, deciding to stay and sort it out.The backcover blurb hints at danger, but it s probably an overstatement, though there is an evil of sorts afoot completely separate to the mystery of Eve s inheritance Kinda.We do eventually uncover that mystery It s probably something that s hard to solve although we re given a few hints as to the potential past secrets.Rhys offers readers some great characters perhaps a little cliched at times, though I loved the droll American author Sully who befriends Eve and the Hollywood starlet set to marry a well bred local, as well as the fairly down to earth and very kind family Eve meets on The Blue Train.Guy, his wives and children were understandably suspicious of Eve and not all together pleasant and I was reminded a little of a TV show I watched, Riviera which also centred around the beneficiaries ahem family of a wealthy man after an unexpected death.I liked that Rhys takes Eve out of her comfort zone and into a world of aristocracy as well as the rich and famous but keeps her feet firmly planted How must it be to dream of a life of luxury and society lunches and charity balls and a handsome, wealthy husband, and then to get it all and How great a vacuum must the loss of that dream in a life that has been entirely geared up to its attainment p 257I particularly enjoyed the ordinary ness of Eve.Sure, she was apparently lovely with a kind and pleasant disposition, but there were no secret talents or expertise, or anything in particular that set her apart from her contemporaries.Depressingly she d settled for marriage after her previous fiancee was killed in the war For years, growing up, she dreamed of someone coming to rescue her from her life, but no one came, and she settled for Clifford because he was the best thing available p 177I bookmarked this sex scene between Eve and Clifford I m usually a serial eyeroller when it comes to awkwardly blunt or overly flowery sex scenes this one however I ADORED He reaches up suddenly and switches off the light so that they are plunged into darkness There follows the usual silent manoeuvring of pyjama bottoms then he is inside her so abruptly she exclaims Oh, and then just as abruptly he is finished and out again, with only a trickle on her thigh to show he was ever there p 15 Snigger This is an enjoyable read with a really likeable lead, an interesting central plot and enough other stuff happening in the background to keep readers intrigued Rhys s writing is really accessible and engaging and hit the mark in terms of reflecting the language and feel of the post war years as there was indeed a strong sense of newfound frivolity mixed with gratitude and relief flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2018 Katherine Sunderland rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 Fatal Inheritance tells the story of Eve Forrester, an English housewife trapped in a dull marriage, who receives a letter from a solicitor informing her she has been left a mystery legacy To claim her inheritance, she must travel to the French Riviera and thus begins the biggest adventure of her life Despite her husband s misgivings, Eve travels to the Riviera only to find she has been left an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean and then overnight, she finds herself thrust into a Fatal Inheritance tells the story of Eve Forrester, an English housewife trapped in a dull marriage, who receives a letter from a solicitor informing her she has been left a mystery legacy To claim her inheritance, she must travel to the French Riviera and thus begins the biggest adventure of her life Despite her husband s misgivings, Eve travels to the Riviera only to find she has been left an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean and then overnight, she finds herself thrust into a life of glamour, of film stars and famous writers However, Eve s new found paradise is threatened by the other inhabitants of the villa, a family who think she has no right to claim her inheritance and as she tries to discover why they are so resentful, she has to unlock the story behind her surprise bequest before the threats become deadly Set in 1948, Rhys easy and natural turn of phrase effectively creates a sense of time and place The reader is firmly centred in the era and finds themselves looking in every direction to fully absorb the detailed observations that are captured through the rich description From the drab greyness of war torn London, to the opulence of the French Riviera, the reader is spellbound by the contrasts between England and France, city and sea, the dull and the colourful I let myself fall into the lush scenery and loved each stage of Eve s journey from boarding the train, to arriving at the house, Rhys takes the time to make every moment come alive The reader can touch, taste, see and feel everything that the characters can, using our senses to establish an enthralling atmosphere Not only does the description ensure the historical setting is well established, it is also used to develop the characters I loved the contrast between the wealth of the Lester family in France and the Forresters in England, between the lavishness, the carefree chic versus the drab austerity And the self confidence and self assuredness versus Eve s timidness and unhappiness Rhys talent doesn t just stop there though Fatal Inheritance is reminiscent of Agatha Christie, of Du Maurier, of the golden age of crime fiction but not only does Rhys writing compliment and acknowledge these great authors through her style and structure, it actually rivals them It s a beautifully constructed novel with the perfect balance of threat, fear, growing tension, shock and an absolutely gripping denouement Rhys has also crafted very three dimensional characters flawed, with deep secrets lurking between them and complex dynamics which are gradually brought to the surface to enhance the tension, suspense and drama The change in Eve is empowering and her emotional journey as she begins to listen to her inner voice and gradually begins to take control of her own destiny is very satisfying What starts as a physical journey ends as a very emotional one This is a crime thriller but it was that also develops the characters, spends time exploring their depths and their motivations which heightens the drama and adds deeper, darker layers to a great storyline I highly recommend Fatal Inheritance It s highly atmospheric, totally absorbing and beautifully told, with a growing sense of foreboding and threat culminating in a perfectly executed ending flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 13, 2018 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it review of another edition I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of Fatal Inheritance, a stand alone novel set in 1948 on the French Riviera.Eve Forrester is trapped in a dull life when, out of the blue, she is advised that she is a beneficiary of Guy Lester s estate but can only find out what her legacy is by travelling to the South of France for the reading of the will Eve is interested in what links her to Guy Lester than the part share in a villa she inher I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of Fatal Inheritance, a stand alone novel set in 1948 on the French Riviera.Eve Forrester is trapped in a dull life when, out of the blue, she is advised that she is a beneficiary of Guy Lester s estate but can only find out what her legacy is by travelling to the South of France for the reading of the will Eve is interested in what links her to Guy Lester than the part share in a villa she inherits.I thoroughly enjoyed Fatal Inheritance which has a very inviting style of writing that drew me in from page one There is a warmth to the novel, not just from the well depicted warmth and sunshine of the Riviera, but from Eve s somewhat na ve and candid view of life Eve s decision to stay on at the villa and find out what she meant to Guy Lester is not well received by the other beneficiaries, Guy s children, who want to sell immediately There is ill feeling, several accidents and harsh words as Eve tries to find a link to Guy It is very ish in a genteel way Delicious is the word used in the blurb and it s very apt.The atmosphere in the novel is excellent from the heat and sunshine to the rather dissolute and louche inhabitants of the upper echelons where appearance wins over substance Eve, the outsider, finds herself mixing uncomfortably in this milieu, unsure and gauche in the face of their worldliness Yet, nothing is as it seems and there are some deft touches as the veneer is stripped away Ms Rhys portrays a bygone age where hedonism struggles with the realities of post war society and I really liked the passing mentions of societal issues which illuminate the setting without bogging it down.I love the characterisation as all the characters are well drawn and I felt as if I knew them almost immediately The novel opens with Eve watching two raindrops she has named sliding down the window to see if her favoured one will win It encapsulates the dreariness and boredom of her existence perfectly and drew me straight into the novel It is lovely to watch her blossom in the heat as the novel progresses There are telling little details on all the characters which say so much than a straight description ever could.The plot gets a little farcical towards the end which is why I have rated it 4 rather than 5 but overall it is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending flag 3 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 30, 2018 Cressida McLaughlin rated it it was amazing review of another edition I haven t been aware of the rain outside for the last few hours as I finished this brilliant, immersive, compelling book It was impossible to read quickly, it drew me in so deeply, and was delicious in every single way Definitely a five star read I want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Tripfiction rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books set in france Novel set in post WW2 RIVIERAThis is a sumptuously evocative book of time and place, Antibes and the Riviera in 1948 come to colourful life The war has come to an end but the reverberations still permeate society and individual lives.Eve Forrester, back in suburban Sutton, is married to dullard Clifford, who keeps a tight reign on anything that seems even mildly exciting One day she receives a letter telling her that she has been left an inheritance by Guy Lester, who is a total unknown to her Novel set in post WW2 RIVIERAThis is a sumptuously evocative book of time and place, Antibes and the Riviera in 1948 come to colourful life The war has come to an end but the reverberations still permeate society and individual lives.Eve Forrester, back in suburban Sutton, is married to dullard Clifford, who keeps a tight reign on anything that seems even mildly exciting One day she receives a letter telling her that she has been left an inheritance by Guy Lester, who is a total unknown to her Such excitement, tempered by caution on Clifford s part, is something rare in Eve s suburban life and she resolves to head by train on Le Train Bleu to Antibes to verify the legacy after all everything is paid for.It transpires she has been left a quarter share of Villa La Perle in Cap d Antibes in atonement for past wrongs And from here the mystery starts to unfold The other 3 in the inheritance equation are all Guy Lester s children, so where does that leave her Surely she is no relation But as she soon discovers, the Lesters are a monied and tricky bunch of people and her one confidante is the writer Sully, who is temporarily residing at Villa La Perle One Hollywood star even takes her under her wing and nefarious actions during the war, just finished, also become part of the overall picture.Hanging over the whole story is, of course, the mystery at the heart of the story Why did Guy Lester leave Eve a share of the villa to Eve I love the cover, I love Rachel Rhys s writing, she has a fluid and supremely competent hand after all, she is in fact the very popular author Tammy Cohen Class, privilege and wealth thread their way through the story and dowdy Eve from Sutton, Surrey inevitably has all kinds of awakenings on the Riviera as she navigates the complex and destructive dynamics of the family and of new acquaintances And this, I think only slightly gets in the way of a fluid story, which keeps coming back to individuals, a way of stretching the story out until the final denouement without adding any substance to the plot The characters pass through the pages, but I struggled to really connect with them and Eve finds herself in some absurd situations which add a little extra drama It is a lovely atmospheric read nevertheless, the storytelling and construction have a whiff of an Agatha Christie novel It will undoubtedly be a big hit Summer 2018.The Sunday Times describes the novel as a transporting Golden Age infused mystery caper, pungently suggesting a South of France still blowsy in its beauty and heady scents, but with its reputation bruised by dubious wartime conduct What s not to like flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 06, 2018 Emma Crowley rated it really liked it review of another edition Prepare to be whisked away to the French Riviera in Rachel Rhys the pen name of psychological suspense writer Tammy Cohen new novel Fatal Inheritance A stunning read which will keep you guessing and have you gripped from beginning to end This is the second novel from the author after last years brilliant A Dangerous Crossing and this new story is just as good and will have you rapidly turning the pages as you witness the main character Eve Forrester seek to decipher just why she was left an Prepare to be whisked away to the French Riviera in Rachel Rhys the pen name of psychological suspense writer Tammy Cohen new novel Fatal Inheritance A stunning read which will keep you guessing and have you gripped from beginning to end This is the second novel from the author after last years brilliant A Dangerous Crossing and this new story is just as good and will have you rapidly turning the pages as you witness the main character Eve Forrester seek to decipher just why she was left an intriguing inheritance by a man she had never heard of until a letter arrives through her door from his solicitor.This book has all the elements of what some would call a Golden Age mystery The beautiful setting in which you think nothing untoward could ever happen The family feeling desperately betrayed following the revelation that their father was not the man they believed him to be The glamorous Hollywood starlet on a trail of self destruction, the at times drunken American writer attempting to complete his latest novel and those characters who at first seem all sweetness and light and who would do anything to help those in need but are they really A perfect fa ade is about to be shattered, long buried secrets in ways than one are about to come to light and through this process Eve will be taken out of her comfort zone but in doing this will she have stepped into a boiling pot of suspicion and danger never to emerge again Housewife Eve leads a dull life married to businessman Clifford Her existence is one of routine and order where Clifford believes he is providing the best life possible for his wife Instead Eve longs for a spark that has failed to ignite in her marriage She is bored and unsatisfied so when an unusual letter arrives through her door requesting that she visit a solicitor her interest is than piqued Against Clifford s wishes she arranges a meeting and soon discovers she has to travel to the French Riviera if she desires to know Of course Eve views this with some trepidation but there is something within her driving her on, that desire to know in the hopes something exciting will happen Eve was very much like a fish out of water as she arrived in France and as she travels on the train to her destination she meets the Colletts, a couple travelling to the place where their son had been killed in action during World War Two only several years ago I sensed the Colletts would have a pivotal role to play in the story and I was glad their introduction was a necessary one rather than having surplus to requirement characters.Having led such a sheltered life Eve is amazed to discover that Guy Lester has left her a quarter share in Villa La Perle in Cap D Antibes This really does set the cat among the pigeons as his wife Diana and sons Noel and Duncan are not very happy Who was Guy Lester and what connection does he have to Eve This forms the basis of the novel but as events take on a sinister edge it becomes apparent that someone wants rid of Eve Why What has she done Who could it be and what are their motives Are the family that desperate to sell the villa for funds that they would wish to see Eve gone unable to sign the necessary papers What I loved about this book was that the author established so many different strands to the story Each character be it writer Stanley Sullivan, film starlet Gloria Hayes, art gallery owner Victor Meunier, or the sons Noel and Duncan all had their own storylines As the layers to the story are peeled back and Eve delves a little deeper she sees that although she is out of her comfort zone that really this glamorous lifestyle with sunshine, drinking and sumptuous parties is all but a front for behind the glitz and allure there is a lot going on than one would have first have thought Will the title A Fatal Inheritance come to pass or can Eve unlock the past surrounding the surprising bequest before time runs out and things turn deadly I enjoyed how Eve was a normal woman living her life in England and then was taken out of her routine and comfort zone She should have been totally out of her depth but she had spirit and wasn t going to let a bunch of people push her around and force her into signing papers so she would make a swift exit Her inquisitive nature shone through and she was determined to find out what connection if any she had to Guy This wasn t a fast paced read with bodies strewn across every chapter, that s not my kind of thing at all Instead I felt everything was subtlety slipped in and would eventually lead to a dramatic conclusion when all would be revealed The author drip feeds the reader tantalising teasers, hints and yes on reflection there were plenty of clues that I should have picked up on I had vague notions as to two strands of the overall picture but never quite hit the mark with my predictions and that s what a good book packed full of mystery, puzzlement and secrets should contain.I wouldn t have as enjoyed this book as much as I did if I was to have guessed everything early on What was clever was to have brief chapters every now and again from Guy s perspective written a few months prior to the main events of the book This gave an insight into Guy s state of mind and threw up even questions rather than everything being answered so quickly and neatly Although Guy had passed away, including said chapters gave his character a strong voice and allowed the reader to attempt to make connections to events in the present and to make sense of the man who meant so much to his family yet they are deeply hurt and let s be honest frustrated that he has left them with this predicament.The connection between Guy and Eve could have been all to obvious and straightforward but bravo to the author for weaving a tale that didn t venture down such an easy get out route The connection once revealed could have been viewed as being just that bit far fetched and unbelievable but instead I felt it fitted in perfectly with the overall story and really was quite ingenious It opened up a whole can of worms for everyone and really Guy from up above was revealing an entirely new side to his character I thinking he was hoping for redemption and forgiveness but given his early death couldn t have achieved it and in some way he hoped what was revealed in his will could achieve this.Eve does undergo a transformation At first I thought she was vulnerable and placing herself in a compromising situation, finding herself way out of her depth but she surprised me how much she acclimatised to the situation and danger that befell her Maybe she was destined for this kind of life away from the banality of her existence in England but with so many strange and unusual goings on perhaps this new strand to Eve s life would be over before it ever began and before the truth could finally be revealed There is a reason Fatal Inheritance has appeared on lots of recommended summer reading lists this year and it s simply because this is the sort of read that will have many readers entertained and gripped as they sit on their sun loungers this summer and even beyond It s impossible to stop reading once you begin and you are rooting for Eve right from the beginning You can see the opportunities that await her if only with the help of new found friends she can overcome all the barriers placed in her way.Rachel Rhys is brilliant at taking you on a journey of suspense and tension packed full of multi layered characters and plots twists and changes with each turn of the page It s atmospheric and you are with Eve every step of the way on the slippery slope to deciphering fact from fiction and truth from lies This book comes highly recommended and whether you are lucky enough to be sitting by a pool on the French Riviera whilst reading it this will only enhance your reading experience If you are sat in the sunshine in the back garden Rachel Rhys will take you to France for an exhilarating journey that will leave you desperately wanting from this superb author flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 04, 2018 Leah rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, crime, thriller The pink house on the RivieraIt s 1948, and Eve Forrester is living a dull, restricted life in London with her staid, passionless husband Out of the blue, she receives a letter telling her that a man she has never heard of has left her a legacy To find out , she ll have to travel to the French Riviera Once there, she discovers she s been left a share in a lovely pink house overlooking the sea The dead man s family don t know why he named her in his will either, and resent her very muc The pink house on the RivieraIt s 1948, and Eve Forrester is living a dull, restricted life in London with her staid, passionless husband Out of the blue, she receives a letter telling her that a man she has never heard of has left her a legacy To find out , she ll have to travel to the French Riviera Once there, she discovers she s been left a share in a lovely pink house overlooking the sea The dead man s family don t know why he named her in his will either, and resent her very much Pushed to agree to an early sale and division of the proceeds, Eve finds herself unwilling to comply until she can find out what s behind it allNaturally, when writing a slow burn book set in the fairly distant past, Rhys has used the present tense Well, you would, wouldn t you No, nor would I So, despite the fact that she does it as well as most, Rhys was always going to have to work extra hard to win me over.To a certain extent she did, though it took a long time to really grab my interest The first section in Cap d Antibes is full of lengthy description that goes well beyond scene setting The house in particular is described in minute detail, putting me in mind of the kind of brochure that is produced for a house sale But I was intrigued to discover the reason for the legacy and that kept me reading I formed a theory fairly early on which proved to be completely wrong, so that s always a major plus This is one of those books that works best if you switch off your credibility filters going in If it weren t for fear of spoilers, I could make a list of plot holes and inconsistencies, and little side mysteries that are left entirely unresolved and are completely illogical once the final revelations are disclosed They add to the suspense during the read but are left hanging at the end The story too requires quite a lot of suspension of disbelief Within a week, this ordinary unremarkable woman is consorting with Princes and Hollywood stars, invited to their parties and weddings, and looked on as an intimate friend.However, if you can buy into it, then it s all quite fun The rather faded glamour of post war life in this playground of the rich and pointless is portrayed very well, with an underlying feeling of the desperation of people trying to party away the recent horrors of war Rhys also shows the scars left after the Nazi occupation of France, with the lingering divisions between those who collaborated and those who resisted And, in a time when the social order has been broken and reformed, she shows how it can be hard to know whether people are who they present themselves as, or if they have remade themselves to hide their unacceptable pasts There s a romance element which is quite enjoyable too, if a little clich d, and there s action in the second half which speeds the thing along at a better pace than the slow first half I ve struggled to rate this one I don t think it s up to the standard of her earlier novel, A Dangerous Crossing, and I suspect that may be, as so often, down to rushing it out without the kind of firm edit that was really required to tighten up the various plotting weaknesses and unnecessary padding No, I m not blaming the editor authors have the ultimate responsibility for their own books The present tense feels entirely wrong for the story and was a running, if minor, irritation to me throughout However, once it speeded up a bit, I found myself turning pages quite happily and was certainly interested in discovering how it would all play out But afterwards, I found myself asking but what about And why didn t she And who And that s never satisfactory So three and a half stars, rounded up, and a recommendation as an overall enjoyable read but not one to be taken too seriously.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Random House Transworldctionfanblog.wordpress flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 27, 2018 Jills Book Cafe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves authors personal reviews, fiction, historical Smitten by both the cover and the blurb I couldn t wait to dive into this one Once started it didn t take long to find myself drawn into a beautifully atmospheric tale with a mystery at its heart.Eve Forrester is a biddable wife, trapped in a sterile marriage that she only entered into to escape an equally soulless existence with her widowed mother Sadly having lost her fiance in the war, she knows what love can be like and it isn t what she now has with Clifford Little wonder then, that when Smitten by both the cover and the blurb I couldn t wait to dive into this one Once started it didn t take long to find myself drawn into a beautifully atmospheric tale with a mystery at its heart.Eve Forrester is a biddable wife, trapped in a sterile marriage that she only entered into to escape an equally soulless existence with her widowed mother Sadly having lost her fiance in the war, she knows what love can be like and it isn t what she now has with Clifford Little wonder then, that when she receives news of an unexpected inheritance she is keen to discover The fact that to do so means travelling to the French Riviera only adds to the excitement.Arriving in Cannes, it s easy to see how Eve is totally enchanted by the lifestyle she finds there A direct contrast to the gloomy, make do and mend mentality of post war Britain This is a land of parties, cocktails and glamour though best not to delve too deeply as to where the money is coming from Her inheritance is a share in the Lester family villa, Villa La Perle, though she has no idea as to who her benefactor Guy Lester is, or why he would leave it to her Disconcertingly, his widow and sons are of the same opinion about Eve and the assumptions made are not pleasant ones Drawn between cutting her losses and returning to a stifling life with Clifford or enjoying just a few days of freedom and yearning to discover the mystery surrounding her inheritance, Eve decides to stay.I loved the unfolding story, as it wasn t just Eve s mystery that was engaging, but also the blossoming friendships she was making with an assortment of characters From the down to earth Colletts, to Hollywood actress Gloria, and Stanley, the hard drinking American writer in residence at Villa La Perle This was her introduction into a world reminiscent of F Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway who wouldn t be captivated The fact that Eve is a sympathetic character means you re very quickly on her side Though the same can cannot be said for her indifferent mother, her controlling husband or the disdainful and privileged Lester family But while Eve is busy finding her feet, as well as answers, and starting to grow in confidence, someone appears to be making damned sure she stops The questions are, who and why I loved the contrast between the grey post war austerity and the colourful lavish parties of the Cote d Azur The descriptions were perfect in summing up the scenes and setting the historical context They really drew you into the atmospheric maelstrom that Eve found herself at the centre of As secrets begin to emerge, it s clear that the stories that have been buried, are not ones that anyone could have anticipated.This is a great, escapist read that combines glitz and glamour, compelling characters, atmospheric settings and a dark, dramatic secret at its heart that really keeps you hooked.Thanks to Transworld for providing an ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Bandit rated it really liked it I actually wasn t all that in love with Rhys debut when I read it, finding it mildly entertaining but all too slight and women fiction For some reason I didn t remember that when I requested her sopho effort on Netgalley, but actually it worked out nicely, because despite the inherent slightness and women fictioness of Fatal Inheritance I ended up liking it very much I m not sure it held up to all the Agatha Christie comparisons, but it was wildly and by many touted as the quintessentia I actually wasn t all that in love with Rhys debut when I read it, finding it mildly entertaining but all too slight and women fiction For some reason I didn t remember that when I requested her sopho effort on Netgalley, but actually it worked out nicely, because despite the inherent slightness and women fictioness of Fatal Inheritance I ended up liking it very much I m not sure it held up to all the Agatha Christie comparisons, but it was wildly and by many touted as the quintessential beach read and indeed it was The post war 1948 to be precise Riviera s glitz and glamour did make you long for the beach The plot involves a young woman who temporarily flees her staid life in staid rationed England to come to the Riviera to collect a mysterious inheritance, which just may turn out fatal The immediate family she encounters is a complicated difficult cast of characters who for various reasons very much depend on that money and understandably aren t too thrilled to share it with a complete stranger But is she a complete stranger What s the connection And so on the intrigue accumulates and then boils over But then there are also parties and decadence and occasional debauchery with some real life and some imagined characters and it s all just entirely too much fun in the sun with the gorgeous views of the Mediterranean So yeah, I liked it, surprisingly so It offered just enough substance to not come across as superficial and it entertained oodles Fans of historical fiction with some mystery and yes, of course, romance, but actually in moderate non tedious amounts should enjoy this one Very quick read and positively a delight Thanks Netgalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Stef L rated it it was amazing review of another edition Set in post war 1948 Fatal Inheritance is overflowing with glamour and suspense When we first meet Eve her desolation and loneliness spill from the page, her husband Clifford is cold, unfeeling and rather quite loathsome When she is given the opportunity to travel to the Riviera it is impossible not to find yourself cheering her on from the sidelines On arrival I, like Eve, found myself completely intoxicated by the lavish and exotic surroundings the sun beating down on my neck as I read, Set in post war 1948 Fatal Inheritance is overflowing with glamour and suspense When we first meet Eve her desolation and loneliness spill from the page, her husband Clifford is cold, unfeeling and rather quite loathsome When she is given the opportunity to travel to the Riviera it is impossible not to find yourself cheering her on from the sidelines On arrival I, like Eve, found myself completely intoxicated by the lavish and exotic surroundings the sun beating down on my neck as I read, the heady scent of flowers in bloom tickling my nose The landscape so richly painted, the characters so intricately brought to life that you can almost taste the extravagance The wealth of the Lester s is fascinating and yet almost a little nauseating their lives full of excess whilst the rest of Europe tries to recover in the aftermath of war and the destruction it caused As Eve looks closely at what initially seems like paradise the darker heart of this Mediterranean utopia is revealed Sophisticated with a splash of sunshine and than a sprinkle of intrigue Fatal Inheritance is the perfect companion for long blissful summer days highly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 16, 2018 Helen Eddon rated it really liked it review of another edition It s 1948 and Europe is still recovering from war Eve Fletcher is an English housewife with a mundane life and a full marriage Unexpectedly, she receives a letter to say that Guy Lester, a complete stranger, has left her an inheritance In order to claim it, she must travel to meet his solicitor in the South of France So, Eve travels to the Riviera, encounters the hostile Lester family, experiences a glamorous lifestyle with movie stars and swanky parties and embraces the beauty of the M It s 1948 and Europe is still recovering from war Eve Fletcher is an English housewife with a mundane life and a full marriage Unexpectedly, she receives a letter to say that Guy Lester, a complete stranger, has left her an inheritance In order to claim it, she must travel to meet his solicitor in the South of France So, Eve travels to the Riviera, encounters the hostile Lester family, experiences a glamorous lifestyle with movie stars and swanky parties and embraces the beauty of the Mediterranean She soon becomes reluctant to return home although the Lester family are keen to settle affairs and want her to leave However, are they the only ones who want to see her go Eve is determined to discover about her bequest and will not leave until she does so Rachel Rhys beautifully captures the life of the ex pats on the Riviera in the late 1940s and at times, it reminded me very much of a Golden Age mystery Perfect summer reading flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Aleasha rated it it was ok review of another edition Something didn t connect for me with this book Whilst wonderfully written, the story itself i found just a little dull Don t even get me started on Clifford What a boring, know it all, stick in the mud I mean his name IS Clifford hahaThank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Rebecca Bradley rated it it was amazing review of another edition So beautifully written I felt as though I was there on the French Riviera Rhys writing is flawless and I would pick up one of her books in a heartbeat Totally recommend Lose yourself in this book flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 05, 2018 Beadyjan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical, family drama Loved this delightful historical family drama the perfect summer read review to follow as part of blog tour flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book 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        Rachel Rhys is the pen name of a successful psychological suspense author A Dangerous Crossing is her debut novel under this name The story is inspired by a real diary which the author discovered by accident while helping her mother move house It was written with care and attention by a servant girl who travelled from England to Australia on a cruise liner in the late 1930s.Rachel Rhys lives in Rachel Rhys is the pen name of a successful psychological suspense author A Dangerous Crossing is her debut novel under this name The story is inspired by a real diary which the author discovered by accident while helping her mother move house It was written with care and attention by a servant girl who travelled from England to Australia on a cruise liner in the late 1930s.Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family, including a much loved dog


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    1. Rachel Rhys writes a post war historical mystery drama set in the French Riviera where the reverberations of the war cling to the beautiful Mediterranean hotspot that attracts Hollywood filmstars, famous writers, artists and the rich It is 1948 and Britain still has rationing, goods are hard to get with austerity the lot of the people In Sutton, Eve Forrester has a joyless rancorous mother, short on love, who has engineered her marriage to Clifford after she lost her fiance, Archie, in the war R [...]


    2. Rachel Rhys is the pen name for the very popular psychological thriller writer Tammy Cohen and this her second book Fatal Inheritance is a wonderful, historical fiction novel that will appeal to many readers young and old Although not quite as gripping as the author s first book A Dangerous Crossing that I also enjoyed, this is however just as fabulously written and beautifully atmospheric.Set in 1948 on the gorgeous French Riviera, I could have been sitting there myself on the sun drenched Rach [...]


    3. When Eve Forrester received the notification from a solicitor to announce she had an inheritance from an unknown person, she was informed she had to travel to the French Riviera to find out what it was Clifford, Eve s cold and aloof husband, was against her going, especially on her own, but she put her foot down Soon enough she was on her way, admittedly for a few days only, but she was on her own and heading to glamour something she had never imagined.It was 1948 and the war was over But t When [...]


    4. For full review please visit my blog enjoyed this book quiet a lot It was one of these books that pull you in immediately, and want to learn and about its characters I liked Eve and her development throughout the book I also thought the addition of side characters was done very well It was not overwhelming, and it didn t confuse the reader with unnecessary extra pocket of events on the side For these reasons, it was a delightful, simple, For full review please visit my blog enjoyed this book q [...]


    5. mysterious inheritance that must be claimed in the French Riviera by a complete stranger to Eve Forrester, a British woman, is the intriguing premise of Fatal Inheritance Rachel Rhys is the pseudonym for Tammy Cohen, a popular psychological thriller author Fatal Inheritance is the second novel by Rachel Rhys and it is one stunning read that I devoured from cover to cover.Fatal Inheritance is set in the post World War II, in the year 1948 The events of t mysterious inheritance that must be claime [...]


    6. Eve Forrester has a loveless and dull marriage with Clifford Whilst he is not abusive, he seems totally unconcerned about her happiness and sucks all the joy out of life there is no fun or spontaneous affection He is very much a penny pincher and everything Eve has is old and worn Eve is not an experienced or worldly person, although a previous relationship had shown her what love can be She does not have a happy or loving relationship with her mother Mary and one of the reasons she married Eve [...]


    7. A few years after the end of the War, Eve Forrester is living a dull, monotonous life with with her husband Clifford Her mother engineered the marriage after Eve lost her fiance, Archie, in the war and tells her that she should be grateful, that she is lucky to have a husband and a home of her own Eve tries but she can t quite manage it, because Clifford disregards her and is quite unresponsive to her efforts to be a good wife and to make a nice home for him.One unexpected letter changes every A [...]


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