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A Fatal Inheritance

Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Fatal Inheritance, written by Rachel Rhys, read by Charlotte Hamblin and Roy McMillan.

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. 

©2019 Rachel Rhys (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"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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Wonderful

A beguiling story that is nuanced, winding and gripping. The reading by Charlotte Hamblin is one of the best I’ve heard!

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ONE OF THE BEST THIS YEAR!

A mix of Du Maurier and Christie and thankfully totally unsentimental. Eve is a survivor of a loveless upbringing and an oppressive marriage but Eve has a background that brings her money and the search for her tragic roots. The narration was excellent. The female narrator had a voice that was so pleasant to listen to and, although the French accent sounded like Nick Nack, I have given it five stars - he was French! I couldn't put this book down.

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a few twists and turns

Highly enjoyable. Extremely well read and very entertaining. Hope to hear more from the reader.

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Perfectly Read

The female reader is excellent. Her characters are amazing. Highly recommend this book. Great performance.

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Very slow moving story and accents horrific.

I returned this book after listening for forty six minutes on my daily walk. The story begins with two Irish women on their knees scrubbing the floor for a wealthy household in Boston in the 1940's. When I finished my walk the two women were still on their knees scrubbing the same floor. This book was so slow moving I could not bear another ten hours of it. The Irish accents were horrific. I appreciate getting accents correct can be difficult, however these were an insult to the Irish nation. Maybe the story becomes interesting after a painfully slow start, but I could not endure ten more hours of the narrater.