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Dorothy Cannell

Autor(a) de The Thin Woman

37+ Works 4,302 Membros 72 Críticas 16 Favorited

About the Author

Dorothy Cannell was born in Nottingham, England and moved to the United States when she was twenty. Her 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. Besides the Ellie Haskell mostrar mais Mysteries series, her other novels include God Save the Queen!, Naked Came the Farmer, The Sunken Sailor, and Sea Glass Summer. She is also a contributor to the popular Sisters in Crime anthologies. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Dorothy Cannell

The Thin Woman (1984) 643 exemplares
The Widows Club (1988) 341 exemplares
How to Murder Your Mother-in-Law (1994) 273 exemplares
Mum's the Word (1990) 272 exemplares
The Trouble with Harriet (1999) 271 exemplares
The Spring Cleaning Murders (1998) 265 exemplares
The Importance of Being Ernestine (2002) 256 exemplares
Femmes Fatal (1992) 253 exemplares
Down the Garden Path (1985) 251 exemplares
God Save the Queen! (1997) 241 exemplares
Withering Heights (2007) 240 exemplares
Bridesmaids Revisited (2000) 230 exemplares
Goodbye, Ms. Chips (2008) 144 exemplares
She Shoots to Conquer (2009) 135 exemplares
Murder at Mullings (2014) 90 exemplares
Death at Dovecote Hatch (2015) 43 exemplares
Sea Glass Summer (2012) 35 exemplares
Peril in the Parish (2022) 7 exemplares
What Mr. McGregor Saw 2 exemplares
What the Butler Saw 2 exemplares
Goodbye Ms. Chips 1 exemplar
Auf dem Holzweg 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Christmas Stalkings (1991) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
Crafty Cat Crimes: 100 Tiny Cat Tale Mysteries (2000) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Sisters in Crime (1990) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (1998) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
Malice Domestic 6 (1997) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Sisters in Crime 3 (1990) — Contribuidor — 79 exemplares
Malice Domestic 3 (1994) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (1994) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Cat Crimes Takes a Vacation (1995) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
First Cases 2: First Appearances of Classic Amateur Sleuths (1997) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Sunken Sailor (2004) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Love and Death (2000) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Crimes of Passion: Twenty-Three Tales of Love and Hate (1993) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
First Cases [Unabridged Audiobook] (2002) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
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Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Belfast, Maine, USA
Illinois Central College



The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell is a 1984 Bantam publication.

Many years ago, I read a few books in this series and thought they were hilarious. When I realized they were in digital format, I started slowly gathering them together so I could read the whole series start to finish.

This first book was published in 1984- which makes the series much older than I remembered, and one will have to keep that in mind on occasion.

The plot follows a familiar mystery format to some extent. We have a relative die- a will that stipulates the inheritor performs certain tasks within a specific timeframe or else the other relatives get a piece of the fortune. This setup means family secrets are unveiled, and perhaps a few upset relatives who might resort to sabotage… or murder.

In this instance, we have Ellie Simmons, a woman who struggles with her weight, and Ben Haskell, her fake fiancé, attempting to lose weight, write a book, and find a hidden treasure within a six-month time frame amid various attempts to prevent them from achieving those goals.

As with many cozies, the mystery part of the story was not the primary focus, and things didn’t really get interesting on that front until deep into the book. In the meantime, we are entertained by Ellie’s decorating chores, the sharp, often biting banter between Ellie and Ben, and the charming Dorcus, hired to help Ellie around the house, as well Ben’s delicious culinary skills.

While some of the situations were far-fetched-and expert mystery readers will probably have a good idea whodunit- for a first in a series book, written over thirty years ago, this one is pretty good. It is slightly dated with some insensitive remarks here and there- but overall, I thought it aged well.

This is a fun and entertaining cozy, and I enjoyed getting reacquainted with Ellie again- and look forward to reading through this delightfully funny series.
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gpangel | 11 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2024 |
Ellie begins by telling us about her invitation to a family reunion at Merlin's Court, why she doesn't want to attend and how she came to hire Bentley to act as her escort to the event. I did enjoy reading about her dysfunctional family, the unusual will and the quest it set up. I might give Cannell another try although I'm a little ambiguous about the type of humor she writes.
hailelib | 11 outras críticas | Jun 16, 2023 |
After reading some of the reviews, I was skeptical that I would not like this book. I have not read this series before and it is always difficult to start in the middle. While there were references I'm sure would have made more sense had i read the rest of the books, I was still able to thoroughly enjoy this cozy mystery. I will agree with others that the mystery part is not a large part of the book, however the humorous tone of the book more than makes up for the lack of mystery throughout. I enjoyed the main character, Ellie, and will definitely start at the beginning of this charming series. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.… (mais)
McBeezie | 5 outras críticas | Jul 27, 2022 |
couldn't get into it and didn't finish it.
kathp | 3 outras críticas | Jun 10, 2022 |



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