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

What Child Is This? reviewed by Publishers Weekly

The second Ellie Kent mystery, What Child Is This?, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly on April 16th. Described as an “appealing sequel to Under an English Heaven,” the review goes on to say “Boatwright vividly conjures the warmth of the snowy, candlelit holiday through her descriptions of English Christmas rituals and community gatherings, which also serve to provide a gratifying structure to the story. Anglicans and Anglophiles will find a lot to like.”

Amazon Prime members: Don’t miss this opportunity!

Please note that Under an English Heaven, which recently received its 500th customer review, will be in the Amazon Prime Reading Program through mid-June. Prime members may download the book for free during this period.

Giveaways are now closed

The Amazon giveaways for both What Child Is This? and Collateral Damage closed at 11:59 pm on May 18th. Winners of the 9 free books have been notified directly by Amazon. Many thanks to all who entered this sweepstakes giveaway!

Upcoming events

June 14: “The all-important Page One” panel (moderator), Sisters in Crime, Stadler Room, Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park, WA, 7 pm (open to SinC members and other interested people)

July 12: Noir at the Bar reading series, Dunbar Room, Hotel Sorrento, Seattle, WA, 7 pm (open to the public)

October 7: “It’s all a mystery” panel, Write on the Sound Conference, Edmonds, WA (registered conference participants only)

Interested in having Alice talk to your book or writers’ group? You may contact her at


Author photo: Maria Aragon