When crime fiction author Sue Grafton recently passed away after a two-year battle with cancer, many other authors were sad and expressed their feelings of the loss to the publishing world. Grafton created her character Kinsey Millhone thirty-five years ago when she published her first mystery, A is for Alibi. Kinsey was a smart woman who was not above breaking the rules to solve a case. Her books sold millions and were published in twenty-six languages.
Her most recent title, Y is for Yesterday was published in August 2017 and debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. She was an inspiration to many other writers of her generation, particularly female writers who were inspired by the wit and humor in her books.
Sue Grafton’s daughter Jamie wrote on the author’s Facebook page, “The alphabet now ends with Y.” There are no plans for the series to be continued or for a film or television series based on the books.
On Ms. Grafton’s passing, many other writers have expressed condolences and shared memories they had of her and the way she had inspired them. Author Louise Penny said about Sue Grafton’s modern female detective Kinsey Millhone, “Kinsey was a brilliant creation and a companion for many of us for years. Thank you, Sue, for leading the way.” The Washington Post wrote, “Kinsey Millhone is one of the most endearing, vivid and memorable characters in modern crime fiction…Ms. Grafton examines human character as deeply as any clues that might solve a crime. Critics noted that the stories often had an undercurrent of tender observation seldom found in the hard-boiled fiction of male writers.”
The Niles-Maine District Library owns the entire Kinsey Millhone series and it is available in print, Large Print and audio book formats.