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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? will be published in 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.

“Engrossing stories told with considerable artistry, full of recognition and sympathy.”
–Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce

News and Events

Alice K. Boatwright featured in Path to Publication series

No two writers’ work is the same, and their paths to publication are equally different. In July, 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

“Mysterious England” to be offered in Federal Way on Saturday, 16 September 

The popular “Mysterious England” program presented by Alice K. Boatwright, Candace Robb, and Marty Wingate will be held at the Federal Way 320th Library (WA) on Saturday, 16 September from 2–3:30 p.m. The three authors will read and discuss their mysteries set in England, answer questions, and sign books. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Boatwright to read at “Noir at the Bar” on 12 October in Seattle

“Noir at the Bar” presents national and international crime writers, who read their work in the suitably atmospheric Dunbar Room at Seattle’s historic Hotel Sorrento.  Alice K. Boatwright will be one of the featured writers on Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 7–10 p.m. The Dunbar Room offers drinks and food; there is no cover charge. The series organized by the Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter takes place every other month.

Author photo: Maria Aragon