Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review: The Wicked Wives by Gus Pelagatti

The Wicked Wives 
(a novel based on a true story)

Author: Gus Pelagatti
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (July 22, 2011)
Amazon Link

Note: I received this book free from the author, Gus Pelagatti. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

The Wicked Wives tells the story of a secret circle of wives murdering their husbands for insurance money. This novel is based on a true story and that made the book more interesting to read. This is a page-turner book, I had sleepless nights reading this. There were times I was tempted to skim the book because I can't wait to find out the head of the poison group. 

While reading the story, I had to do a little research on the book as I can't believe that this is indeed based on a true story especially after reading last chapter. I wonder why this story has not been adapted on the big screen, I believe this would be a great Hollywood movie. I really enjoyed reading this book. If you are looking for a great suspense/murder mystery book, I strongly recommend you get this book. You will not be disappointed, that's a promise.

About the book:

"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

About the author:

I’m a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases, including homicide.

I’m a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert.

I’ve spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

I was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands.

You can contact me at


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