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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.

She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Crime Writers Association (UK), PEN America, and she currently serves as President of the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime.

News and Events

What is a “traditional” mystery? Topic to be discussed on “It’s all a mystery” panel

In the spectrum of mystery sub-genres from cozy (lightest) to noir (darkest), the “traditional” mystery today falls to the right of “cozy.”  The classic mysteries of the early 20th century – such as the books by Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers – once defined the cozy mystery, but are now described as traditional. This is because the great popularity and growing number of cozier cozies has redefined the category. Today’s cozies are famous for their humorous punning titles, adventurous amateur sleuths, colorful settings, and quirky characters. The tone of traditional mysteries is more serious, and the task of solving the crime may be in the hands of an amateur, a PI, or the police. In both sub-genres, the violence is almost always off-stage; and they are usually set in close communities (villages and small towns, country houses, islands, universities and schools). As in all mysteries, the goal remains the same: to mystify and entertain, and ultimately to right wrong and serve justice.

On October 7th, Alice will join authors Wendy Delaney (Working Stiffs mysteries), Candace Robb (Kate Clifford and Owen Archer mysteries), Robert Herold (The Eidola Project) and Waverly Fitzgerald (Barking Detective mysteries) to discuss the unique qualities – as well as the elements in common– of the traditional, cozy, historical, paranormal, and PI mystery sub-genres. This event is part of the Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds, WA.

Amazon Prime members in Australia may download Under an English Heaven for free

Amazon Australia has added Under an English Heaven to its Prime Reading program. This means Amazon members in that country may download the ebook at no charge through December 2018.

Upcoming events

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

October 30: “Once Upon a Crime” book talk, at Oak Harbor Library, Whidbey Island, WA, 2:00-3:30 pm (open to the public)

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


Author photo: Maria Aragon