Wicked Stepmother Author:Nathan Aldyne, Axel Young Seducing a proper Bostonian was easy. Making him die of a heart attack a week after the wedding was almost easy. Now she has money, social status, everything she has cunningly schemed to get since she was a poor little girl. Everything except the Brookline mansion and millions in trust left to her three adult step-children. But what wicked stepm... more »other couldn't get rid of three children?
Jonathan, a dangerously smart and suspicious young man who has hired a private detective has to be the first to go. Pretty, spoiled Verity is hooked on one-night men and cocaine. Who'd ask any questions if she died unpleasantly? And clever Cassandra, just out of Radcliffe and happily beginning a career as a literary editor will simply have to get over being dead.« less
I really enjoy McDowell's writing style (here writing as Axel Young.) The story is a little frustrating because all along the reader will be waiting for Louise, the unscrupulous step-mother, to get what she deserves, but she is pretty clever at covering her tracks and as bodies mount it looks like she might just get away with it. But that keeps you reading to a satisfying conclusion, and there are many clever witticisms sprinkled thoughout the dialogue.