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General Information

Name:  Dorothy Cannell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Nottingham, England

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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The pitchfork patrol /
ISBN: 1585470082. OCLC Number:

Center Point Pub.,. Thorndike, Me. :. 2007.

They should have been fighting the Sioux, but this had to be settled first.

Down the garden path /
ISBN: 1585472182. OCLC Number:

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"Story of Tessa Fields, an orphan determined to uncover her true origins. With the help of the Misses Tramwell, Tessa hits upon a scheme that has her faking amnesia and recovering at the Tramwell's ancestral home."--Back cover.

The widows club /
ISBN: 0553277944. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1989, ©1988.

Stylish, amusing, and deliciously wicked, the Misses Hyacinth and Primrose Tramwell are hired to investigate a woman's organization whose members choose widowhood over divorce. With the help of a newlywed friend, the spinster sleuths stalk the mastermind of matrimonial murder. HC: Bantam.

Mum's the word /
ISBN: 1574903527. OCLC Number:

Beeler Large Print,. Hampton Falls, N.H. :. 2001.

Femmes fatal /
ISBN: 0553296841. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. ©1992.

Once Ellie Haskell's life was a fairy tale: the one about the overweight, underpaid interior designer who falls rapturously in love with a gorgeous prince, has two adorable children, and lives happily ever after. But now, four and a half months after the birth of her twins, Ellie's worst nightmare has come true: The princess has turned into a frog, and the bliss has gone out of the bedroom. Still, Ellie wonders if the answer to her marital woes can be found in an.

How to murder your mother-in-law /
ISBN: 1423354478. OCLC Number:

Brilliance Corp.,. Grand Haven, Mich. :. ℗1994.

The Thin Woman, Ellie Haskell, is back in another outrageous romantic chiller. Pestered with the ultimate mother-in-law problem, she and three other acquaintances hatch four imaginary plots to bump off their in-laws. When the plots start coming lethally true, Ellie plunges into a desperate chase to outwit a killer.

How to murder the man of your dreams /
ISBN: 0553573608. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1995.

After the Chitterdon Fells librarian is found dead among the stacks, the town invites hunky Karisma, a romance series cover model, for a fund raiser in her name. When he dies, PI Ellie Haskell, herself an avid romance reader, has work on her hands.

God save the Queen! /
ISBN: 055357468X. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1998.

The spring cleaning murders /
ISBN: 0140276157. OCLC Number:

Viking Mystery Suspense,. New York :. 1998.

Two charwomen are murdered in the English village of Chitterton Fells. Sleuth Ellie Haskell poses as a charwoman to gain entry to homes in the neighborhood, hoping to find clues.

The spring cleaning murders /
ISBN: 0140276157. OCLC Number:

Viking Mystery Suspense,. New York :. 1998.

Two charwomen are murdered in the English village of Chitterton Fells. Sleuth Ellie Haskell poses as a charwoman to gain entry to homes in the neighborhood, hoping to find clues.

The trouble with Harriet /
ISBN: 0670886297. OCLC Number:

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A comic mystery featuring sleuth Ellie Haskell as she investigates an urn containing the ashes of her father's lady love. A lot of people seem overly interested in the urn, could it contain something else than ashes?

Bridesmaids revisited /
ISBN: 0141001860. OCLC Number:

Penguin,. New York :. 2001.

The importance of being Ernestine :
ISBN: 0142002844. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2002.

Ellie Haskell and her housekeeper, Mrs Malloy, are mistaken for detectives and hired by Lady Krumley to investigate a series of fatal accidents that she is convinced are tied to a thirty-year-old curse.

Goodbye, Ms. Chips /
ISBN: 0312343388. OCLC Number:

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Ellie Haskell returns to her old boarding school to solve a case of robbery--and finds herself tracking a murderer.

Withering heights /
ISBN: 031294683X. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 2008, ©2007.

Heading for her young cousin Ariel's delightfully Gothic mansion on the Yorkshire moors, Ellie Haskell discovers that a mysterious villain is stalking the house's picturesque halls.

She shoots to conquer /
ISBN: 0312343396. OCLC Number:

Minotaur Books,. New York :. 2009.

Lord Belfrey of Mucklesfeld Manor has decided to save his crumbling establishment by offering himself as the prize on a TV reality show, but after one of his potential brides is shot during an archery contest, Ellie Haskell begins to explore the dark passageways and hidden nooks of Belfrey's delightfully Gothic estate--unprepared for the secrets lurking behind closed doors.

Sea glass summer /
ISBN: 0727881833. OCLC Number:

Severn House,. Sutton, Surrey, England :. 2012.

Recovering from a painful divorce, Sarah Draycott has moved to picturesque village of Sea Glass on the Maine coast to make a fresh start. As she finds herself increasingly caught up in the lives of the Sea Glass residents, Sarah finds her broken heart beginning to heal.


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.

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