The Thin Woman - Dorothy Cannell

The Thin Woman

By Dorothy Cannell

  • Release Date: 1992-05-01
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4
From 45 Ratings


In the delectable debut that earned her instant acclaim, award-winning author Dorothy Cannell serves up a murder mystery to be savored. . . 

Ellie Simons longs to be thin—and married. But with her single-minded passion for éclairs and clotted cream, her prospects on both counts seem dim. That's why the summons to attend a family reunion at the old ancestral home is about as welcome as a snakebite. How can she show up with her embarrassingly full figure in her humble unmarried state and keep her chins up? Enter Bentley T. Haskell of Eligibility Escorts, a devastatingly attractive writer of smutty novels who also cooks like a dream. With Bentley posing as her besotted beau, Ellie feels brave enough to beard her batty relations in their den. . . .

But mouldering Merlin's Court is nothing like Ellie remembers, and with her wretchedly beautiful cousin Vanessa making eyes at Ben, and her malevolent old uncle Merlin popping up in the most unexpected places, it's enough to put Ellie off her food. And the best—and worst—is yet to come, as the weekend leads to sudden death, unexpected romance, and a treasure hunt that promises epicurean Ellie wealth, hearth, and happiness . . . if she survives.

Praise for The Thin Woman

“[Dorothy] Cannell makes a delicious debut; discriminatory whodunit fans will want more of her inventions.”Publishers Weekly

“A likable debut—combining fairy-tale romance, treasure hunts, and a homicidal mania.”Kirkus Reviews


  • The Thin Woman

    By Roclans
    A fun read!
  • A real page skimmer.

    By Dough DRT
    The idea of the book is good - girl goes to family reunion full of haters and inherits all, with a proviso. But some of the scenes are so outlandish that I wonder why the author bothered - did the multi-hour ride through the snow, (in a convertible with a busted top), add to the story, or just seem plain stupid? I vote the latter. Sometimes cute, often cloying.
  • Just Adore it!! :)

    By StacieCute
    I have become a big fan of Dorothy. This book is amazing from start to finish. It's something I couldn't put down. I am encouraging my mom to reading it, but I am not sure if she will enjoy it as much as I did. I can't believe I haven't read the second book. Need to read all of them because I am just in love with the characters altogether! Read this! :))