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The Stepmother

A Novel

Diana Diamond

St. Martin's Press

When Steven Armstrong tells his children he has fallen in love, he expects them to be happy that his life as a lonely, sixty-five year old widower is over. Instead their father's intended thirty-three year old personal trainer Charlene Hendricks is exactly the kind of woman they fear. Through marriage she becomes not only the stepmother to his three grown children, but their rival for their father's world class fortune. Suddenly an attack is made on her life. All the children are suspect, but which one has the best motive? Then a second attack backfires and mistakenly kills her husband, making the stepmother a wealthy heiress. Now, it is the children who accuse her of murdering their father. Only by finding the real killer can she prove her innocence.

When Steven Armstrong tells his children he has fallen in love, he expects them to be happy that his life as a lonely, sixty-five year old widower is over. Instead their father's intended thirty-three year old personal trainer Charlene Hendricks is exactly the kind of woman they fear. Through marriage she becomes not only the stepmother to his three grown children, but their rival for their father's world class fortune. Suddenly an attack is made on her life. All the children are suspect, but which one has the best motive? Then a second attack backfires and mistakenly kills her husband, making the stepmother a wealthy heiress. Now, it is the children who accuse her of murdering their father. Only by finding the real killer can she prove her innocence.

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Chapter One
Time!” Charlene Hendricks announced, clicking the button on her stopwatch.   
 
“Another minute,” Steven Armstrong gasped. His breathing was labored as he pedaled furiously on the stationary bicycle. “I can go for another minute!”
 
“That’s enough!” she insisted. “Let’s not overdo it. You strain something and you’re back to square one. Just stay with the program.”
 
Steven stopped pedaling and slumped forward over the handlebars. Charlene draped a fresh towel over
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REVIEWS

Praise for The Stepmother

"Very good entertainment."
-Publishers Weekly on The First Wife
"Diana Diamond's gripping thriller takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level"
-Marie Claire on The Good Sister
"A gripping page-turner."
-People (Beach Book of the Week) on The Trophy Wife
"A must read."
-Women's Own on The Trophy Wife
"Very good entertainment."
-Publishers Weekly on The First Wife
"Diana Diamond's gripping thriller takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level"
-Marie Claire on The Good Sister
"A gripping page-turner."
-People (Beach Book of the Week) on The Trophy Wife
"A must read."
-Women's Own on The Trophy Wife

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Diana Diamond

  • Diana Diamond is the pseudonym of a critically acclaimed mystery and thriller writer.
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The Stepmother

A Novel

Diana Diamond

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St. Martin's Press

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