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Long before Desperate Housewives, there was Bedelia: pretty, ultra femme, and adoring as a kitten. A perfect housekeeper and lover, she wants nothing more than to please her insecure new husband, who can’t believe his luck. But is Bedelia too good to be true? A mysterious new neighbor turns out to be a detective on the trail of a kitten with claws of steel a picture-perfect wife with a string of dead husbands in her wake.

Caspary builds this tale to a peak of psychological suspense as her characters are trapped together by a blizzard. The true Bedelia, the woman who chose murder over a life on the street, reveals how she turns male fantasies of superiority into a deadly con.

©2005 Vera Caspary (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susie
  • 28-11-12

The Perfect Wife or Femme Fatale?

Written by the author of "Laura," this is another perfect example of "that which you most desire will destroy you." The gist of it is the perfect wife may also be a serial killer. I liked especially, the depiction of what it meant to be perfect and wealthy, and how one must pay for that perfection in the popular mind of the 1940s. Moody, glamorous, and creepy, I enjoyed every minute of it!

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  • Keedee
  • 15-11-16

Fascinating!!!

Couldn't stop listening. I was completely immersed as if I were watching it all unfold in front of me. Brilliant story-telling!

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  • D
  • 05-02-15

Another fun tale!

Thanks, again, Vera, for a fun ride! I've listened to all of your audiobooks, and can't wait for more!

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  • Christiana
  • 31-01-22

Enjoyed this book--but Laura is much better!

You'll get an interesting twist about half way into the book, and that'll leave you looking for more but in this case there won't be any more. The book is still very good and I did enjoy it quite a bit. The ending is a bit anticlimactic, but not unexpected in the way things turn out.