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 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 poet 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

Short story of the month: a new feature

Beginning in July, excerpts and links from Alice’s short stories will be posted on the Short Stories page.  This month’s story is “Life Sentences,” one of the trilogy of stories set in the San Juan Islands that comprise the chapbook, Sea, Sky, Islands. In this story, islander Jack Hillyer falls in love with Patti, a precariously sober young alcoholic, who ended up on the island after taking a bus from Seattle heading north instead of south by mistake.

Discover Shepherd, a new site designed to link readers with great books

Alice was recently invited to contribute to a new site designed to help readers discover “the best books” on a wide range of topics. Founder Ben Fox created the site with the goal of replicating the experience of wandering around your favorite bookstore, where books are grouped by subject. To come up with book recommendations, he invited authors to select five favorite books on a topic and explain why they chose them. Alice’s topic, based on her experience writing Collateral Damage, was The Best Books on the Vietnam War Era. The site is free and growing fast. Drop by and browse today!

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.

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

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Author photo: Maria Aragon