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.

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

Story of the month: “Behavior Modification”

“Behavior Modification” is another favorite story, which was nominated for the Million Writers Best of the Web award by the editors of Amarillo Bay. I enjoy re-reading it because it takes me back to autumn nights in Central New York and a time of life gone by. I hope you will enjoy it too. Read now.

My journey as a writer, and my advice to those who want to write. . . 

When I was young, I thought I wanted to be an actress. “However, I soon discovered that an actress can only play the parts for which she is physically suited and chosen to play, and that didn’t appeal to me at all. I wanted to run the whole show. . . so, obviously, I had to become a writer.”  Read more of this interview with E. C. Murray of Writers Connection.

Zooming around the world: No seatbelt to fasten!

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