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; Sea, Sky, Islands; 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 now lives in the Pacific Northwest.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Crime Writers Association (UK), PEN America, and Sisters in Crime.

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News and Events

Zooming through the lockdown and beyond
These past few months of staying at home have been a good time for writers.  After all, we are never at a loss for something to do alone. But the lockdown has also brought new opportunities for communication and connection. In May, I had the pleasure of meeting with a book club from the San Francisco Bay Area via Zoom to discuss Collateral Damage, my book about the Vietnam War era.  And another book club from Washington has invited me to Zoom in to their discussion of the first Ellie Kent mystery, Under an English Heaven.

These 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

New stories, new books
While the principal project I am working on this summer is In the Life Ever After, the third Ellie Kent mystery (due out in late 2020). . . I am also happy to report that a short story I published several years ago in a Paris-based print journal, Upstairs at Duroc, has been selected for the online journal This journal reprints a new story or non-fiction piece every day, drawing from publications around the world, in an effort to “connect writers with readers  and readers with good stories.” I am delighted to be included among them. My story, “Risky Business,” will be published on July 14th. Link to come!

Upcoming events
July 1: Zoom discussion of Under an English Heaven with book club from Olympia, Washington (private event)

May 26: Zoom discussion of Collateral Damage with book club from Book Passage in Corte Madera, California (private event)

May 14: Zoom presentation on book marketing for Puget Sound Sisters in Crime (open to the public)

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

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Author photo: Maria Aragon