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A Fatal Inheritance

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`Fatal Inheritance is GLORIOUS! Hugely enjoyable escapism, featuring The South of France, film stars, gorgeous villas, lavender-scented air, ex-Nazis, family secrets and more besides! I enjoyed it ENORMOUSLY.' MARIAN KEYES

'A fantastic book - glamorous and beautifully written.' Daily Mail

London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, 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.

'With a dash of Agatha Christie and a nod to Zelda Fitzgerald, Rachel Rhys' historical mystery is simply gorgeous. . .will have you yearning to sip a gin fizz while watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean' KATE RIORDAN

`A transporting golden-age infused mystery caper' Sunday Times

'An exquisite and shimmering read. I completely lost myself in Rhys's lovingly evoked 1940s French Riviera and was gripped by the slow-burn mystery. An essential summer read!' LISA JEWELL
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 37mm | 514g
  • DOUBLEDAY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857524720
  • 9780857524720
  • 540,483

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"With dreamlike descriptions of the Cote d'Azur and the dark underworld of those who live there, it is an addictive page-turner. The perfect summer holiday read."
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"Rachel Rhys should be on everyone's summer reading list" * CLARE MACKINTOSH * "With a dash of Agatha Christie and a nod to Zelda Fitzgerald, Rachel Rhys' historical mystery is simply gorgeous. The late 1940s Cote d'Azur setting is a character in its own right - one that will have you yearning to sip a gin fizz while watching the sun sink into the Mediterranean" * KATE RIORDAN * "I am racing though this delicious thriller set on the French Riviera in 1948. Rachel Rhys really is a natural successor to Patricia Highsmith. Out July, put it on preorder now so you don't forget." * SARRA MANNING * "Deadly secrets, dazzling sunshine - utterly seductive. This book is a total joy" * LUCY DAWSON * "Atmospheric, totally absorbing and joyfully original" * JANE FALLON * "Utterly enthralling; Rachel Rhys brilliantly evokes the shabby glamour and bruised hearts of the post-war Riviera, where everyone has a secret to hide. I adored it." * JANE CASEY * "I absolutely loved this book. All the intrigue of Agatha Christie with the intelligence of Barbara Vine in the most glamorous of settings. Rhys writes like an exotic dream!" * LIZ NUGENT * "Public service announcement; this book deserves to be massive. Can't tell you how hard and fast I fell for it. A stunningly beautiful, page turning feast of a novel" * COLETTE MCBETH * "Who doesn't dream of a letter from a solicitor informing them of something that is in their interest? When Eve sets off for the South of France to discover what lies in wait, she finds filmstars, roues, drunken writers and a disaffected housekeeper - the perfect recipe for a glorious post-war thriller. A wonderful bouillabaisse of glamour, greed, revenge and romance as Eve fights to escape a loveless, bloodless marriage and find her true self. As chic as Chanel with a hint of Christie, A Fatal Inheritance will be on all the best-dressed sun-loungers this summer." * VERONICA HENRY * "Rachel Rhys wove a spell over me with this book and whisked me away to the glitz of 1940s French Riviera. Sumptuous and hugely compelling, Rhys is a master of dialogue and observation and her characters crackle with life.Utter bliss." * AMANDA JENNINGS * "Fizzing with glamour and secrets, I adored this gorgeous novel. An absolute stunner in every way, it had me captivated from beginning to end" * JENNY ASHCROFT * "I had to make myself slow down when reading this delicious, thrilling novel, because I didn't want it to end. If Daphne Du Maurier had been writing about the Cote D'Azur instead of Cornwall, she couldn't have done it better. Absolutely superb." * CASS GREEN * "I raced through this and absolutely love it. What a cleverly woven plot, with intriguing characters and great period atmosphere! It made me want to drop everything and rush out to live there, in a house as similar to Villa la Perle as I can possibly find." * GILL PAUL * "This atmospheric and intriguing novel will transport you to a glamorous - and deadly sun-baked world" * Irish Times * "TOP HOLIDAY READS - A Fatal Inheritance bears all the hallmarks of a golden age mystery as Eve is swept into a glittering world that sees her rubbing shoulders with Hollywood film stars and famous authors ... When events threaten to take a deadly turn, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth." * The Herald * "An exquisite and shimmering read. I completely lost myself in Rhys's lovingly evoked 1940s French Riviera and was gripped by the slow-burn mystery. An essential summer read!" * LISA JEWELL * "The perfect literary beach-read; both gripping and dripping with glamour. Rachel Rhys is a natural successor to Patricia Highsmith." * Red Online * "SUMMER READING PICK" -- Nina Pottell * PRIMA * "JULY'S BEST NEW BOOKS: A dissatisfied wife receives a mysterious bequest, setting her off on a journey filled with excitement and danger" * Stylist * "Rachel Rhys really knows how to keep you guessing. As the mystery plays out she throws in a dash of romance to go along with the perfect evocation of the decadent time and place. You need this on your sun lounger this summer." * Sunday People * "Amid the sun and glamour, there's skulduggery afoot in this perfect poolside book." * Red Magazine * "With dreamlike descriptions of the Cote d'Azur and the dark underworld of those who live there, it is an addictive page-turner. The perfect summer holiday read." * The Lady * "[A] high-octane, heart-pounding read." * Good Housekeeping * "This is a fantastic book - glamorous and beautifully written." -- Wendy Holden * Daily Mail * "A transporting golden-age infused mystery caper" * Sunday Times * "This atmospheric page-turner is filled with intrigue, death-defying encounters, smooth talking charmers and even has a larger-than-life Hollywood movie star .. a fabulous summer read" * Daily Express * "This atmospheric page-turner is filled with intrigue... The colourful detail of heavenly scents, exotic flora, blazing blue skies and azure sear adds to the escapist fun... It should be enjoyed in the hot sun with a cool cocktail to hand." * Sunday Express *
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About Rachel Rhys

RACHEL RHYS is the pen-name of a much-loved psychological suspense author. A Fatal Inheritance is her second novel under this name. Her debut Dangerous Crossing a Richard and Judy bookclub pick, was published around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family.
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978 ratings
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