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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diane Gilbert Madsen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Born: in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Madsen was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Chicago and received her Masters from Roosevelt University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Madsen has worked in government and had a number of jobs ranging from Deputy Village Clerk for a town of 60,000, to Director of Economic Development for the State of Illinois. She has also had her own consulting business, advising a variety of organizations on economic development activities and fund raising. After selling her business, Diane and her husband moved to Florida.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Cadger's Curse (A DD McGil Literati Mystery)
ISBN: 0738718920

Midnight Ink. 2009

Who’d have guessed that running employee background checks at the HI-Data Corporation would make DD McGil the target of a ruthless killer?

For DD, a thirty-something English professor turned investigator, the routine job should have been a welcome distraction from her fiancé’s death and her eccentric Aunt Elizabeth’s quest to authenticate an unlikely literary treasure―a Robert Burns text worth millions if proven genuine.

Relying on her own moxie (bolstered by the occasional shot of Glenlivet), her sexy lover, and the fact-finding acumen of her antiquarian bookseller friend, DD races to find out who’s behind the high-tech treachery at HI-Data before it’s too late.

Hunting for Hemingway (A DD McGil Literati Mystery)
ISBN: 0738719536

Midnight Ink. 2010

Although insurance investigator DD McGil has always had her choice of lovers, she?s been spectacularly unlucky in love. Now one of DD?s former flames, Hemingway expert David Barnes, claims to have recovered the legendary stories and poems that Hemingway?s first wife lost while on a train to Switzerland in 1922. Barnes plans to auction them off for millions, but controversy rages. Are they truly the lost Hemingway works or are they forgeries? Found? Or stolen? DD?s quest to prove the manuscripts genuine puts her on the trail of a killer. The hunter quickly becomes the hunted when someone tries to stop her?dead.

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper
ISBN: 1780926189

Mx Publishing Ltd. 2014

"The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper," uncovers clues as to Why the Dog Did Not Bark in the Night. Sherlock Holmes concluded that it was because the intruder was known to the dog.Madsen's new mystery questions whether the identity of one of the greatest criminals of all time, Jack the Ripper, was deduced by Conan Doyle. Conan Doyle was already famous with his popular Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in October 1888. Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case? Find out in "The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper."


-- New York Festival of Books 2010, Hunting for Hemingway