Alice 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.
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WHAT CHILD IS THIS? Second Ellie Kent mystery is now available
In the sequel to Under an English Heaven, it’s Christmas in Little Beecham . . . a season to celebrate with caroling, mistletoe, and mince pies. Newlywed American Ellie Kent is looking forward to her first English village Christmas, but a missing Oxford student and an abandoned baby soon draw her away from the fireside into danger. When a young woman is found dead on Boxing Day, Ellie comes to believe that these events may be linked through a group of teenaged girls who share a fatal identification with Shakespeare’s tragic Ophelia. The police scoff at her theory, so Ellie pursues her own investigation to find their secret Hamlet, who may be a killer.
Alice K. Boatwright featured in Path to Publication series
No two writers’ work is the same, and their paths to publication are equally different. Waverly Fitzgerald, a Seattle author, teacher and founder of Rat City Publishing, interviewed Alice K. Boatwright about her experiences working with small presses and learning to market her books. She focused in particular on the success of Under an English Heaven, which has sold more than 30,000 copies to date, with almost all of the promotion done by the author. “Once I read Under An English Heaven, I understood why it’s so popular,” says Fitzgerald. “It’s both a perfect cozy mystery, in that it offers up a glimpse inside the life of a small English village, but it’s also a finely written character study.” Read more
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