Dorothy Cannell

Mystery novels and numerous short stories.

Additional Information

Dorothy is the author of mystery novels and numerous short stories, including the award-winning Ellie Haskell mystery series.  Born in Nottingham, England, she came to the U.S. in 1963.  She married Julian Cannell, and lived in Peoria, Illinois, from 1965 to 2004.  They now reside on the Maine coast with their dog Teddy and a cat named Killer.  They have four children.  Warren, Jason and Rachael reside in central Illinois.  Shana lives in Missouri.  Among them they have provided their proud parents with ten grandchildren.

Dorothy traces her writing aspirations to the English 110 course she took at Illinois Central College.  Her instructor encouraged her to write for publication.  Seven years later, she sold her first short story.

In addition to the U.S. and the United Kingdom, Dorothy's books are sold in Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

Her short stories have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines.  Several have been nominated for the Agatha award.  "The Family Jewels" won in 1994.

Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

 What Critics and Readers Say...

"Cannell is a master of subtle wit and humorous asides that lift her cosies to great heights" Library Journal on Withering Heights

"Cannell orchestrates a clever plot, merrily winking at readers as she pokes fun at numerous genre conventions"  Publishers Weekly on
The Importance of Being Ernestine

"This one has it all: wit, Charm, a pair of sprightly sleuths"
Booklist on The Importance of Being Ernestine

"Spunky and delightful" Minneapolis Tribune on The Spring Cleaning Murders

"Hilariously funny" Boston Globe on God Save The Queen

"Offers everything Cannell's fans have come to expect...a wonderfully dotty cast of characters, unerring sense of the absurd, and witty dialogue and insights" Denver Post onMum's The Word

"Sparkling wit and outlandish characters" Chicago Sun-Times on Down the Garden Path  


Dorothy's books are available from...

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Belgrave House

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