Title: The Wicked Wives
Author: Gus Pelagatti
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication date: June 20, 2011
Book Series and number: N/A
Heat Rating: Warm
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
"Wicked Wives" is based on the true story of the 1938 Philadelphia murder scandals in which seventeen wives were arrested for murdering their husbands. Mastermind conspirator Giorgio DiSipio, a stunning lothario and local tailor who preys upon disenchanted and unfaithful wives, convinces twelve of them to kill their spouses for insurance money. The murder conspiracy is very successful until one lone assistant D.A., Tom Rossi, uncovers the plot and brings the perpetrators to justice. "Wicked Wives" is a story made for Hollywood, combining murder, corruption, treachery, love, lust and phenomenal detail as it vividly captures Depression-era Philadelphia.
The Wicked Wives is the first book I've read that was based on a true story. When Gus Pelagatti asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing his book, I wasn't sure. When Mr. Pelagatti told me a little bit about it and I was intrigued.
The entire scheme of murder for insurance money was carefully thought out and executed almost flawlessly. The characters were definitely colorful and full of surprises. I wasn't familiar with this story from 1938 Philadelphia, so I never knew what was going to happen next. The deeper I got into the story, the harder it was to put down. Although there were a couple of times I got a little lost about who was doing what to whom. While reading The Wicked Wives, I could tell Mr. Pelagatti had done extensive research and I did enjoy his writing style. I was totally surprised at who the real ringleader of the Wicked Wives was.