The Stepmother

The Stepmother

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It is the trial - and scandal - of the decade: Greta Grahame, the beautiful young wife of Sir Peter Robinson MP, is accused of conspiring to murder her predecessor, Peter's first wife Lady Anne. The prosecution depends heavily on one witness - Greta's 16-year-old stepson more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 26mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0141010916
  • 9780141010915

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Few trials have created such a sensation. The stunning wife of Sir Peter Robinson, the Minister of Defence, is in the dock. Her crime? Conspiring to murder the minister's first wife. Greta Grahame is a strong-willed woman, not lacking in inner resources, but they will be tested to the full. Her teenage stepson, Thomas, was present in the family home when criminals broke in and murdered his mother, and he is the principal witness for the prosecution. Through him, the prosecution have established a link to Greta, but there is much more to this tangled affair than meets the eye. This is the central premise of Simon Tolkien's novel, which in addition to larger-than-life characters and generous helpings of sex and intrigue boasts sympathetic and well-drawn relationships, particularly that between the woman accused of murder and her young and traumatised stepson. The setting is handled plausibly, even if the political detail doesn't always ring true, and the astringent, uncompromising narrative is bound to appeal to those capable of appreciating strongly written popular fiction that doesn't pander to its readership. You may not believe the plot, but you will find yourself reluctant to put this thriller down. (Kirkus UK)show more

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