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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 forthcoming soon. 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

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re in the mood for a Thanksgiving story, check out the second novella in Collateral Damage. “1982: If I Should Stay” is set during a snowy Thanksgiving weekend in upstate New York. The Percy family gathering is replete with great food and roaring fires, as well as the usual love, and resentment. And music!  Here is a sample, complete with accompanying music provided by the Seattle Medieval Women’s Choir.

Short story of the month now on this site: “After Giselle

This story was inspired by the year I spent working for a ballet company. I fell in love with the ballet – and the world behind it. It’s also about the painful price that art, and the pursuit of it, exacts. A price paid not only by the artist. This story originally was published in 2015 in Amarillo Bay.

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

21 November: Cozy Mystery Library’s Holiday Book Fair. A free, virtual event at the Cozy Mystery Library.

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

For Zoom (or Skype, or Facetime) author visits, contact


Author photo: Maria Aragon