The premise of Phillis Stevens' first novel, STEPWIVES
(Crown, $18.95) - it's O.K. to murder your husband if the guy's a slob and you need the money - is enough to thin your blood. The comic scheme to assist the Santa Fe millionaire Mac Carpenter into an early grave is hatched when the first Mrs. Carpenter (who has become her former husband's housekeeper) persuades another penurious divorcee to become the second Mrs. Carpenter. Between her own high-cholesterol cooking, reasons Marilee, and Karen's bedroom duties, fat and greedy Mac will keel over with the heart attack he deserves.
~ Marilyn Stasio, "Crime," The New York Times
, August 26, 1990 http://www.wordspy.com/words/stepwife.asp