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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

  • Well Read and Dead, Harper , 2009
  • Well Bred and Dead, Harper, 2007
  • Skins, Dutton, 1993

Selected Titles At Your Library

Well read and dead :
ISBN: 0061673250. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2009.

After a long, decadent European vacation, Pauline returns to learn she's lost nearly $20 million in bad investments, Air France lost her Louis Vuitton luggage, and her best friend, Whitney, who's been taking care of her precious cat, Fleur, has vanished. Whitney's grief-stricken husband offers Pauline a multimillion-dollar reward to find Whitney, taking the daring amateur sleuth all the way to Thailand and Vietnam.

Well bred and dead :
ISBN: 0061122157. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2007.

Pauline Cook, a widowed Chicago socialite, investigates the suspicious death of her friend, society columnist Ethan Campbell, who apparently committed suicide.

Skins /
ISBN: 1556113439. OCLC Number:

D.I. Fine,. New York :. ©1993.

Evocative of the likes of Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky, Skins introduces a new face on the crime-novel scene: Karen Levinson, a princess down to the tips of her bright red fingernails - and a rookie N.Y.P.D. homicide detective. Model Jennifer O'Grady is found bludgeoned to death atop her collection of silver fox, coyote, raccoon and mink coats. A portion of her hair has been excised and left beside a typed note reading: "How many of these would it take to make a fur.

Speaking Engagements

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