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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diane Morlan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Aurora, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Diane now lives in Sycamore, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Diane was fifteen years old, her family moved to Minneapolis. Since then she has considered both Illinois and Minnesota her home states. In 1977, Diane earned a B.A. in Social Work at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. After working in that field for eight years, Diane returned to graduate school at the University of Minnesota where she earned an MSW. She worked as a psychotherapist at a community mental health center and a clinical social worker at a psychiatric hospital.Diane is currently 'semi-retired' and in addition to her writing she works part-time at Kishwaukee College Library in Malta, IL.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Shake Down Dead: A Jennifer Penny Mystery
ISBN: 0984479597

Cozy Cat Press. 2011

Social worker, Whitney Wentworth, is missing. No one seems concerned except Jennifer Penny, coffee roaster. One of the residents at the group home where Whitney works was caught smashing in her windshield with a bat. Did he hit Whitney too? And maybe dispose of her body? When Jennifer's boyfriend, police detective Jerry Decker, discovers Whitney's cell phone with a curiously coded list of names, the two become embroiled in their own investigation of possible blackmail. It appears that the number of suspects involved in Whitney's disappearance has just increased dramatically--and one of them is a candidate for governor.

Too Dead To Dance: A Jennifer Penny Mystery
ISBN: 0984479511

Cozy Cat Press. 2012

Lederhosen, accordions and a dead body! Coffee roaster Jennifer Penny was astonished when she walked into her coffee booth the second day of Hermann, Minnesota’s Polka Daze Festival. A dead body lay under the table! Jennifer, Megan Murphy and Sister Bernadine, the only working nun in town, have been friends since second grade. When Sister Bernadine becomes the chief suspect, Jennifer gets on the bandwagon to find the real murderer and prove the innocence of her unjustly suspected friend. While unearthing clues, Jennifer dodges the demands of her soon to be ex-husband and the advances of a sexy cop and a flirtatious butcher. She’ll need more than a double espresso to stay on her toes and solve this mystery. TOO DEAD TO DANCE is filled with excitement, fun, and suspense, along with charming details drawn from the world of hometown festivals and craft fairs.

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