Friday, 1 February 2013

Review: The Wicked Wives by Gus Pelagatti

Gus Pellagatti's ‘Wicked Wives’ is a fascinating and intriguing read. There were so many moments that I was caught up and absorbed in his writing and storyline. I was a little hesitant, yet curious before starting this book. I love mysteries, yet I’m not a fan of non-fiction, so was unsure what to expect from this book as it’s a fictionalized account of the 1930s scandal in Philadelphia.

I’m pleased that I took the risk as I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed several of the characters, and how the plot developed and twisted. I wasn’t a huge fan of the dialogue. Unfortunately, I felt that this held the characters back a little and didn’t quite provide a natural flow for truly believable characters.

If you are looking for a piece of fiction, seeped in history filled with mystery and intrigue, then be sure to pick up a copy of ‘Wicked Wives’. 3.5 stars. 
Goodreads Synopsis
"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.
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