Alice K. Boatwright

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Alice K. BoatwrightAlice K. Boatwright is the author of the Ellie Kent mysteries, which debuted with Under an English Heaven, winner of the 2016 Mystery and Mayhem Grand Prize. The series continued with What Child Is This? and the third book, Life Ever After, will be published in late 2021. She is also the author of award-winning literary fiction: Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; and dozens of published short stories.

As a mystery writer, Alice sees her Ellie Kent mysteries as “traditional” mysteries inspired by the Golden Age writers, such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, and Josephine Tey, but with contemporary influences, such as P.D. James. She also loves M.C. Beaton, who always makes her laugh.

Alice is active in the writing community as the convenor of the North America Chapter of the UK’s Crime Writers Association, past president of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of PEN America and the Mystery Writers of America.

After a decade of living in England and France, where she wrote about public health for an international NGO, she now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, writer/photographer Jim Mullins, and their two cats, Hector and Molly.

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News and Events

Short story of the month now on this site: “Night Washing”

I chose my creepiest story, set at Halloween, for this month’s story. It was inspired, as you might guess, by a trip to the laundromat at night when I lived in rural New York state. What else is there to do but make up a story while you’re watching your clothes spin in the dryer for an hour? I hope you’ll enjoy it. (And, if you want to tell me what you think Carole really saw, send me a message at The opening of the story appears on this site with a link to the full text. “Night Washing” was published by the now-defunct journal Storyglossia, but it is still available online. Got to love the Internet.

Interview with the Writers Connection

The Writers Connection is an online resource aimed at educating emerging writers and supporting local Puget Sound authors. It includes resources and information on classes and conferences, book suggestions, author interviews and more. In September, E.C. Murray interviewed me about her path to becoming an author and why, how, and what I write today. You can read the interview and sign up for the quarterly newsletter.

Zoom with Alice

Zoom events are great fun  – and I look forward to doing more of them. Any time, anywhere! If your book club or other group is interested, please feel free to contact me at

Recent and forthcoming events

There are currently no live or Zoom events scheduled.

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Author photo: Maria Aragon