Fatal Inheritance – Rachel Rhys

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London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless Fatal Inheritancemarriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb.

Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.

Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous.

Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…

Reminiscent of a Golden Age mystery, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the razzle-dazzle and decadence of the French Riviera.

Fatal Inheritance was published by Transworld on the 26th July 2018. Many thanks to LoveReading for my copy of the book for this review. 

My Review

Fatal Inheritance is the second novel from Rachel Rhys (pen name of Tammy Cohen) and after reading A Dangerous Crossing I was excited to revisit Rhys’ wonderful writing!

Eve Forrester is in a miserable marriage, all her waking hours revolve around husband Clifford who is completely unappreciative of Eve to the point that he treats her as a hindrance. One day, Eve receives an intriguing letter from a solicitor about an inheritance from an individual she does not know…although she has to travel to the French Riviera to find out more. Clifford is most aggrieved at this news and is against her travelling. However, Eve makes the decision to go to find out who her benefactor is.

Something wonderful happens to Eve when she is away from her oppressive marriage, whilst she is finding out more about her mystery benefactor, she also finds herself. Rhys transports her reader to a beautiful time, surrounding Eve in the glitz and glamour of the 1940’s French Riviera, mixing with people she ordinarily would never cross paths with. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the setting and especially wanted to be in the home with its beautiful, never-ending views of the Mediterranean.

I was drawn into this book from the start, swept up in the drama of it all as well as the mystery as to why Eve has been left this inheritance. Immediately, the time of post war Britain and the glamorous of the French Riviera come to life through the surroundings as well as the language and prose that is used. Considering Eve has had her heart broken and currently living a sheltered and loveless existence with her dull husband, she tackles this journey head on. There was no doubt that she was going to travel to the French Riviera. Eve most definitely needed this gusto when she has to deal with her benefactor’s very unwelcoming family.

The characterisation in Fatal Inheritance is brilliant, each of the main characters are truly memorable courtesy of the great development from Rhys. Eve is a truly wonderful character who you support from the outset. There is another character who remained with me a long time after the story finished…they will remain nameless as I don’t wish to potentially spoil it for anyone but hopefully when you read it, they will also leave the same lasting impression on you.

Fatal Inheritance is a brilliant historical family drama with a mystery side because I was most definitely kept guessing until the end as to why Eve had been chosen for the inheritance…although I did have some theories that I was convinced were correct…WRONG!

I highly recommend both A Dangerous Crossing and Fatal Inheritance. I look forward to reading more from Rachel Rhys and being transported to another time and place.

About the Author

Rachel Rhys+©+Johnny Ring

I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria where my anthropologist father happened to be doing fieldwork at the time. Sabbatical years in far-flung places were a feature of my childhood and I attended school in both Sierra Leone and California. Otherwise, I mostly grew up in the suburbs of London where my adolescence was spent either in the local library or waiting for the last tube home.

After taking an American Studies degree at Manchester University I taught English in Madrid. While working as a secretary back in London, I started writing features and hand-delivering them to the magazine publishing house around the corner. The day the first one got accepted, I packed in my job and declared myself a freelance journalist, which is basically what I remained for the next twenty years, writing features for national magazines and newspapers, such as Marie Claire, The Times and The Telegraph, and then moving on to non fiction books. My dream was always to write fiction but it wasn’t until I was forty-seven that I finally conquered the self doubt and my first novel, The Mistress’s Revenge was published.

These days I live in North London with my partner and three (nearly) grown children and one very badly behaved dog. Together with my family I spent four happy years living in Spain from 2004 to 2008 and I live in fear of people finding this out and asking me something in Spanish at which I remain shamefully inept.

My first novel, The Mistress’s Revenge, was followed by three more contemporary fiction titles under the name Tamar CohenThe War of the Wives, Someone Else’s Wedding and The Broken.

In November 2014, my first crime novel, Dying For Christmas was published under the name Tammy Cohen, followed by First One Missing a year later, and When She Was Bad in April 2016. My latest, They All Fall Down is published in July 2017.

Writing as Rachel Rhys, Dangerous Crossing, my first foray into historical mystery was published in March 2017.

I am a member of the Killer Women collective of London-based female UK crime writers.

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