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, In the Life Ever After, will be published in early 2021. She is also the author of award-winning literary fiction: Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; and dozens of published short stories.

She studied writing at Connecticut College with William Meredith; at Syracuse with Donald Dike (whose most famous former student is Joyce Carol Oates); and at Columbia with Lore Segal, Richard M. Elman, and Jakov Lind. Add to the stew that some of her strongest influences have been F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charlotte Bronte, Richard Brautigan, Mary Stewart, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Sara Paretsky. . . and there you have it!

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 based in England and France, she now lives in the Seattle area.

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News and Events

Now on YouTube: Why small towns are so popular as settings for murder and a roundtable discussion on mystery writing

Two recent events that I participated in are now available on YouTube. A Bouchercon 2020 panel looked at the  the appeal of the small town as a setting for murder – and how the geographic location affects the story. This online conference panel also included Tracee deHahn (M), Stephanie Gayle, Shari Randall, Cathy Ace, Iona Whishaw, and Susan Shea.

As part of a series organized by author Pam Stucky, three other Seattle-area mystery writers joined her to discuss how they develop their mystery series, their writing and research habits, and the pitfalls and pleasures of writing about murder in a Mystery Writers Roundtable. The other participating writers were Marty Wingate and Jen Pitts Scheiderman.

Mysterious England Zooms around the world

Marty Wingate, Candace Robb, and I recreated our popular Mysterious England program on Zoom in November. This program, which has previously been offered in libraries, translated very well to Zoom, thanks to our super technical host, Sarah Rubin. Close to 60 people joined us from across the US, England, France, and Australia! We talked about our books and why we write mysteries set in England. Then we answered a wide variety of questions from the participants, who had taken our invitation to “bring your own tea” very seriously. They were drinking Earl Grey, English Breakfast, French Breakfast, Royal Wedding, Green, Rosemary and Thyme, Mint, Darjeeling, Assam. . . and (my choice) PG Tips. We’ll do this again – or something similar – and, now that we are experienced, we will record it. Until then. . . read mysteries. . . with tea!

More new stories now online

A new short story and a flash fiction ghost story are now online. You can read “Yesterday’s Muse” and “Mr. Who Passes Through” any time, any place, for free.

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

Nov 21: Premiere of “Behind the Veil: The Hidden Talents of the Medieval Women’s Choir”:  The Seattle Medieval Women’s Choir will premiere its new video featuring choir members who are creative professionals, as well as singers and lovers of medieval music. Alice is featured reading a scene from Collateral Damage where the Percy family sings “Dona Nobis Pacem” at Thanksgiving. Registration is required for the premiere.

Interested in having Alice Zoom to your book club or writers’ group?

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Author photo: Maria Aragon