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, Life Ever After, will be forthcoming soon.

She is also the author of award-winning literary fiction: Collateral Damage; Sea, Sky, Islands; and dozens of published short stories. In 2022, she launched her own imprint, Firefly Ink Books, with Mrs. Potts Finds Thanksgiving.

As a mystery writer, Alice sees her Ellie Kent mysteries as “traditional” mysteries inspired by the Golden Age writers, such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, and Josephine Tey, but with contemporary influences, such as P.D. James. She also loves M.C. Beaton, who always makes her laugh.

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 the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, PEN America. and the Mystery Writers of America.

After a decade of living in England and France, where she wrote about public health for an international NGO, she now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, writer/photographer Jim Mullins, and their cats, Molly, Fred, and Poppy.

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News and Events

Introducing Firefly Ink Books

In this day and age, it’s hard for writers – at some point – not to think of becoming publishers as well. I am no exception. . . and this summer I established my own imprint, Firefly Ink Books. Firefly was established to publish books that families and friends can read together. The idea and the name were inspired by a memory of my own family sitting on the back porch on a summer night, watching the fireflies soar and blink as we sang rounds – my family’s way of telling each other a story. The first book will be out this summer. . . and here’s to many more.

Mrs. Potts Finds Thanksgiving: the first Firefly Ink Book to be released on August 8th

In this new holiday classic, inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the miserly Martha Potts is reminded that there’s more to life than work and money after chance encounters with a homeless woman and a stray cat, who comes to stay. Between Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving Day, events unfold that lead her to rediscover the importance of connection and the true meaning of the holiday: giving and gratitude. A perfect holiday season gift. Best enjoyed when read aloud with family and friends!

Zoom with me!

Zoom events are great fun  – and I look forward to doing more of them. Since the Zoom era began, I have participated in events from California to Connecticut, as well as in England, France, India, and Pakistan. It’s an any time, anywhere world now, so if your book club or other group would like to chat with me about my books, reading, or writng, please feel free to contact me at

Upcoming events

23–25 September: I’ll be leading two sessions on mystery writing at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Renton, WA. Conference registration is now open.

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

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Author photo: Maria Aragon