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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dorothy Cannell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Mystery

Born: 1943 in Nottingham, England


Illinois Connection

Dorothy married Julian Cannell in 1964 and they lived in Peoria, Illinois for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorothy Cannell moved to the United States in 1963 to work as a secretary in Chicago. After living getting married, she moved to Peoria, Illinois with her husband. They lived there until he retired and they now live in Belfast, Maine. Cannell's mysteries are set in her native England. They feature Ellie Haskell, interior decorator and Ben Haskell, writer and chef, and Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell, a pair of dotty sisters and owners of the Flowers Detection Agency. She has been a member of Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, Novelists, Inc.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Cannell's first Ellie Haskell novel, ''The Thin Woman'', was selected as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.