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 sequel What Child Is This? was published in November 2017. She is also author of the award-winning Collateral Damage, three linked novellas about the Vietnam War, and dozens of published short stories.

Alice holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and has taught at the University of New Hampshire, UC Berkeley, and the American School of Paris. Formerly based in the UK and France, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

News and Events

Under an English Heaven now free to Amazon Prime members – and rankings rise!

Under an English Heaven has been selected by Amazon for its Amazon Prime Reading program. From mid-March to mid-June, Prime members will be able to download the award-winning first Ellie Kent mystery for free. For those not enrolled in Prime, the prices are unchanged.

This is the first time the book has been offered to any group for free. The impact immediately showed in the Amazon rankings with the book rising to the top 5 in several categories, including traditional mystery, cozy mystery, and teen/adult. Alice’s author ranking also reached the top 100 in both the mystery and teen/adult categories. Nice results!

Ellie Kent audiobooks to be read by Saskia Maarleveld

The first two Ellie Kent mysteries, Under an English Heaven and What Child Is This?, are now in production as audiobooks. Saskia Maarleveld has been selected as the narrator. She is an Audiofile Earphones Award-winning narrator of more than 150 books and known for her ability to switch seamlessly between British, European, and American accents.  Audible has not yet announced the release date for the audio editions.

New short stories accepted for publication

The third story in a trilogy of stories set on an island in Puget Sound has been accepted for publication. “Life Sentences” will appear in the October 2018 issue of Amarillo Bay, an online journal based at the University of South Carolina. In addition, Alice’s first story set in Paris, “J’arrive”, has been accepted by Calyx, a venerable print journal of women’s art and literature, based in Corvallis, Oregon. The publication date for this story will be in 2019.

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Author photo: Maria Aragon