Patricia King was, for ten years, the CEO of a successful direct marketing firm, and for twenty-five years, a management consultant to Fortune Fifty companies. She is the author of five books on business subjects. Under the pseudonym Annamaria Alfieri, she has written six historical murder mysteries, the first three set at different times and places in South America. Her current series—with three books out so far—is set in British East Africa, starting in 1911. She lives in New York City.