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Fatal Inheritance

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Washington Square Press
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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 ...more
Miriam Smith
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Umut Reviews
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book quiet a lot. It was one of these books that pull you in immediately, and want to learn more and more 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,
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
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars
1948 and Eve Forrester receives a solicitor’s letter telling her a stranger has left her a mystery inheritance. To find out what it is she has to travel to the French Rivera. Her husband Clifford is less than thrilled with letting her go but will not take time off to go with her. Eve discovers her inheritance is a quarter share in a pink villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. But who could have left it to her? And why? The other three heirs, all members of the Lester fami
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
A 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
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
Fatal Inheritance is a perfect read! I was fully immersed from page one until the last page in this historical mystery. The glamorous setting of the Riviera and the mystery of why Eve Forrester was left an inheritance by a total stranger is totally enthralling!

Rachel Rhys' newest novel is set in 1948, from the setting of the bleakness of post-WWII London, where rationing was still in place, to the sumptuous and lavish setting of the French Riviera, where royalty, artists, writers, and Hollywood
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

I have already through past reviews admitted my weakness for covered wagon, spoiled rich kids, and Jane Austen retellings. Well, in Fatal Inheritance I find myself delighting in the "protagonist receives a mysterious inheritance that leads them to unveil many family secrets." It is 1948 and Englishwoman, Eve Forrester finds herself traveling to the French Riviera to discover why she's recei
Jul 21, 2018 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 ...more
Cindy Burnett
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Fatal Inheritance is a highly entertaining mystery set in the South of France following World War 2. Eve Forrester lives outside of London with her overbearing and boring husband. After learning she has been left a mysterious inheritance, she heads to the French Riviera to claim the bequest. Upon arrival, she discovers that she has inherited one-quarter ownership in a stunning villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from an individual she does not know named Guy Lester. Determined to un
Jul 26, 2018 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
Eve, an unhappily married young woman, receives news of an inheritance from an unknown person. The result is Eve must travel to the French Riviera to learn exactly what she has inherited and from whom. The novel is so enjoyable with glamour, atmosphere, suspense, secrets and a bit of romance. I recommend this book!
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picturesque, mysterious, and incredibly captivating!

Fatal Inheritance is an alluring, compelling tale predominantly set in the idyllic French Riviera during 1948 that takes you into the lives of the rich and glamourous Lesters. They are affluent. They are privileged. And like most families with money and power everything is not always as it seems and behind all the fame and fortune hides an abundance of lies, secrets, temptation, scandals, secrets, heartbreak and tragedy.

The prose is polished an
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

*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
Liz Barnsley
Jun 12, 2018 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
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
The dazzling French Riviera is the setting of Fatal Inheritance. It's 1948 in London. Eve is living the life of an unremarkable wife in a stale marriage. One day, she receives a letter informing her that she has inherited part of a house on the Mediterranean. Shocked, Eve sets out to see this inheritance. Once she arrives, things go wrong. Other relatives are not happy to see this woman who has come to take their money away. Also, as the story unfolds, someone is out to get Eve. But, this is the ...more
Joanne Robertson
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
Aug 03, 2018 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 more 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

BookTrail the locations in the novel - Time to visit The French Riviera

Fatal 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 more, in the South of France. Imagine not knowing who this man is or why you have been even mention
Roman Clodia
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
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 ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stuck in a loveless marriage after WW2, Eve is surprised when she learns that a mysterious stranger has left her a considerable inheritance. In order to learn more and claim the inheritance, she needs to travel from her boring home in London to the glittering French Riviera. Who was this stranger, and why would he choose her of all people to bequeath part of a sprawling villa overlooking the Medite
Tracy Fenton
Sep 09, 2018 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 ...more
Jul 20, 2018 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
Katherine Sunderland
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Elaine Tomasso
Jun 13, 2018 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 more interested in what links her to Guy Lester than the part share in a villa she inher
Cressida McLaughlin
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!
Jan 27, 2019 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 sophomore 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 ...more
Paul Pessolano
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Fatal Inheritance” by Rachel Rhys, published by Washington Square Press.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 11, 2019.

It is not often one comes across a mystery that has all the qualities of Romance and Fiction Literature combined. This is the case with “Fatal Inheritance”.

The mystery is about a young lady, Eve Forrester, who is living in London. She is in a loveless marriage and does not think much of the life she is living. Eve receives a letter informing her she has been inclu
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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.

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