Mystery Writer Sue Grafton is Running Out of Letters

On August 22nd, author Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday was released.  Eager fans are asking the obvious, what will Grafton do when she reaches the end of the alphabet? Her response?  “No Clue”.  Grafton stated in a recent interview, “I want to see what kind of shape I’m in mentally and physically.  I don’t want to keep writing if the juice is gone; I may write a Kinsey Millhone stand alone or two but if I feel I’ve lost my touch, I’ll retire”.

 A is for Alibi was first published in 1982 and featured heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator who resided in the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California.  Over the next 35 years, Grafton’s books have been published in 28 countries, translated into 26 languages and have reached millions of readers.  Grafton got the idea for her series while reading an Edward Gorey cartoon book that went “A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs”, “B is for Basil, assaulted by bears” and thought it would be a great way to link titles.  She then wrote down alphabetically, as many crime related titles as she could.  When the idea was sold to a publisher, Grafton thought “uh-oh, now I’m in trouble” having not finished the first book yet.

Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.  She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association.  Grafton has been married for more than 30 years and divides her time between Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised.

Grafton’s final entry in the Kinsey Millhone series, Z is for Zero, is slated for release in the fall of 2019.  I’m sure countless fans like myself will be left wanting more.

(This article appeared previously in the Syosset Public Library Book Club Insider newsletter.)

-posted Lisa J., Readers’ Services

 

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