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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Catherine O'Connell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

O'Connell is a native of Chicago and still resides there part-time.

Biographical and Professional Information

O'Connell has been employed in a number of fields giving her insight into many walks of life that she incorporates into her writing. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. O'Connell has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, the Cox network and numerous radio shows including WGN Radio’s SUNDAY PAPERS with Rick Kogan.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Well Read and Dead: A High Society Mystery (High Society Mystery Series)
ISBN: 0061673250

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2009

The return of blue-blooded fashionista Pauline Cook, whose search for a missing friend leads her from an iconoclastic book group to the deepest and most unfashionable reaches of the Far East.

Back in Chicago after a disastrous European love affair, socialite Pauline Cook finds her finances nearly depleted, her co-op a shambles, and her best friend mysteriously missing—vanished along with Pauline's cat. Though Whitney Armstrong's husband offers a substantial reward for the return of his lost wife, Pauline can't help suspecting that his grief is merely an act. But it's a shocking suggestion by a member of Whitney's book club that really gets Pauline moving—halfway around the world, in fact, to Thailand . . . in spite of a psychic's warning of terrible danger.

In Asia, a morass of dark motives and deadly corporate intrigues await the intrepid globe-trotter. And all the high society connections in the world aren't going to ensure that Pauline makes it home alive. . . .

Well Bred and Dead: A High Society Mystery (High Society Mystery Series)
ISBN: 0061122157

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2007

Newly widowed Pauline Cook was once the toast of the Windy City elite—but now she's practically broke. At least she's in better shape than her dear departed friend Ethan Campbell, whose corpse Pauline has had the misfortune to discover. A writer who chronicled the lives, loves, and ensembles of the Gold Coast's most elegant ladies, Ethan apparently took his own life—while inelegantly clad in old boxers, no less. And since no relatives are coming forward to claim Ethan's remains, it falls to Pauline to settle his final affairs . . . with her own dwindling funds.

However, there are things about Ethan's suicide that don't seem to add up: the ratty undergarments he "chose" to die in, for example . . . and the multiple birth certificates the police turn up in his apartment. Before she can truly lay her friend to rest, plucky Pauline's determined to get to the bottom of his increasingly suspicious death.

ISBN: 1556113439

Dutton Adult. 1993

When a Manhattan model is found bludgeoned to death on top of her collection of silver fox, coyote, racoon, and mink coats, a veteran investigator teaches his new rookie partner that the solution to the case may not be as obvious as it seems.

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