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

Publications: new and forthcoming

“Silver Takes Second,” an article about Golden Age of Mystery author Patricia Wentworth’s sleuth, Miss Silver, was published in the January issue of Red Herrings, the magazine of the UK Crime Writers Association. A new story, “Look Both Ways,” will be published in Amarillo Bay in April 2021. Other recent stories include “Yesterday’s Muse” and “Mr. Who Passes Through”. You can read them any time, anywhere online.

Scene from Collateral Damage now on YouTube

Last fall, Alice participated in making the video, “Behind the Veil: The Hidden Talents of the Medieval Women’s Choir.” The goal of the video was to highlight the other creative activities of choir members – and help sustain the choir’s strong sense of community and its visibility during the pandemic, when it’s not possible to rehearse in person or perform. Alice is featured reading the scene from Collateral Damage where the Percy family sings “Dona Nobis Pacem” at Thanksgiving – and the choir sings along. You can listen here!

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

March 25: Talk and interview with the Britsburgh Mystery Lovers Society (Pittsburgh, PA), 7–8:30 pm (EST). Non-members may register for a fee of $10.


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