Book Title and Author: Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
Publication Date and Publisher: June 11, 2019 by Washington Square Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 400 pages
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Date Read: May 22, 2019 (e-arc)
1948: the French Riviera: an English housewife trapped in a dull marriage escapes to the South of France to claim a mystery inheritance. But rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge, and now they want her out of the way …
But don’t you think it strange? she presses him. That this man I have never heard of should have left me such a gift?
1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey London suburb.
Then, out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance. And to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.
There Eve discovers that her legacy is an enchanting pale pink villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Suddenly her life could not be more glamorous. But while she rubs shoulders with film-stars and famous writers, under the heat of the golden sun, rivals to her unexplained fortune begin to emerge. Rivals who want her out of the way.
Alone in this beguiling 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 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 celebrities partied in carefree abandon. Rhys’ vivid, detailed descriptions of both made for a captivating atmosphere that immediately transported me to the era.
Eve, an English housewife trapped in a loveless marriage, receives a letter informing her that she’s received a mysterious inheritance following the death of a man she’s never met. To claim her inheritance, she must travel to the Riviera where she discovers she’s inherited a share in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean.
Eve falls in love with the villa and life away from her dull husband while trying to solve the mystery of why Guy Lester made her his heir. However, Eve’s happiness is in danger not only from the other heirs since they resent her claim on the villa but also by her husband who wants her to immediately return to England. Will Eve discover the mystery of who she is to the Lester family before things turn dangerous?
The plot is perfect, as well as the characterization. There’s just a bit of romance to the book but that’s not the focus. Instead, the mystery is the focus of the narrative. The mystery was so well-done and had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure it out (I was wrong), and it had an Agatha Christie vibe that I just loved. There are some dark and sinister things going on that made the book completely unputdownable!
I cannot recommend Fatal Inheritance more, and it’s already on my favorite books of 2019 list. This is a brilliant, gorgeous read that I highly recommend you pick up this summer.
**Thank you NetGalley and Washington Square Press-Atria Books for the ARC. All opinions are my own.**