Sue Grafton Remembered Dec29

Sue Grafton Remembered

The Alphabet Stops at Y. Y is for Yesterday. Thank you, lovely lady for all of the yesterdays you influenced and all of the tomorrows you will inspire. Sue Grafton has died. I’m not sure I can even process this news. I am definitely typing through tears. The lady has a singular place in this Mystery Fan’s heart. I am not alone. Millions of her books have sold to very loyal readers for 35 years now. It’s hard to believe A is for Alibi was first published in 1982. Harder still to know I almost missed it. But I didn’t. And I’m grateful. The following is not meant to be an “obituary” but the touchstones of my life, fandom and mystery community...

X by Sue Grafton Reviewed

X Sue Grafton Putnam Pub Aug 25th 2015 X by prolific novelist Sue Grafton has three stories rolled into one book. Starting with the letter A, the author, has certain elements that can be identified with all of her books. The main protagonist is private investigator Kinsey Millhone. The plot takes place in the 1980’s, and the title of all of her books is an alphabetical letter. In this book Grafton broke slightly with tradition in that she still uses alphabetical titles, but did not indicate what it stood for. Grafton was able to include many “X” traits in this plot considering she named one of her characters, Xanakis. Another interesting...

An Interview with Sue Grafton

X, by prolific novelist Sue Grafton, has three stories rolled into one book. One story line has codes based on both numbers and letters that have the commonality with “X,” since it is both a Roman numeral and a letter. The encryption proves that Millhone was wrong about her late partner’s morals and ethics and alerts her that he was on the track of a serial killer. Another story line has Teddy Xanakis, wanting revenge on her divorced husband, attempting to steal a priceless painting from him. The third plot line has landlord, Henry Pitts, taking drastic action to lower his water use during the 1989 California drought. Elise Cooper: You...

This date in history: Sue Grafton Apr15

This date in history: Sue Grafton

On this date, in 1982. Henry Holt published Sue Grafton’s A IS FOR AILBI, the first novel to feature P.I. Kinsey Milhone. Sue, along with Marcia Muller and Sara Paretsky, would change the crime fiction world  by introducing women to the P.I. genre. Laurence Fife was a slick divorce lawyer and slippery ladies’ man. Until someone killed him. The jury believed that it was his pretty young wife Nikki, so they sent her to prison for eight years. Now, Nikki’s out on parole and Kinsey Miihone’s in for trouble. Nikki hires Kinsey to discover who really killed her husband. But the trail is eight years cold, and at the end is...