Before taking on a new literary identity as Annamaria Alfieri, Patricia King spent 25 years as an international management consultant, working with Fortune-50 companies like PepsiCo, Chase Bank, and Pfizer. Her five nonfiction books on business subjects include Never Work for a Jerk, which landed her on the Oprah Winfrey show. After “retiring” as a consultant she helped launch and manage a highly successful direct marketing company. At age 69, Pat embarked on her current career as historical mystery writer Annamaria Alfieri. Her early mysteries, all set in South America, and garnered critical acclaim. The Washington Post said of her debut novel, “As both history and mystery, City of Silver glitters.” The Christian Science Monitor chose her Blood Tango as one of ten must-read thrillers. Pat is also author of the Vera and Tolliver series of historical mysteries set in British East Africa, which has been described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie. A world traveler, Pat/Annamaria takes a keen interest in the history of the places she visits and writes about. She lives in New York City and is a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and a past president of the New York Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.