Dorothy Cannell was born in Nottingham, England, and came to U.S. in 1963. She married Julian Cannell, and lived in Peoria, Illinois, from 1965 to 2004. While taking English 110 at Illinois Central College, she was encouraged to write for publication by the class teacher. Seven years later, she sold her first short story.
Author of more than a dozen mystery novels, Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Her mystery The Widows Club was nominated for both Anthony and Agatha awards.
Dorothy now lives in Maine with her husband, their dog Teddy and their cat named Killer. She has four children and ten grandchildren.