365 Challenge: Day 299 – Alphabet (Author Alert: Sue Grafton)

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Alphabet: (a) standard set of letters that is used to write one or more languages based upon the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic significant sounds) of the spoken language, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Sue Grafton


If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who (s)he is, what she’s writing and how to buy her work. 

I am pleased to present the very talented Sue Grafton chosen because she is one of my top 10 favorite authors, and the unfortunate news of her death last week. Let’s do her justice in today’s special edition author spotlight!


Sue Grafton (1940 – 2017) wrote suspense, thriller and mystery fiction.

Sue Grafton


Writing this post was difficult, as this wonderful author passed away last week — it felt eerie to change the date on her dedicated page on my blog from “Present” to “2017.” Rather than focus on the loss, I choose to celebrate the great talent and human being she was. I’d just graduated from college when I began reading cozy mystery novels, stumbling upon this series shortly after picking up Sara Paretsky’s VI Warshawski series. I was enamored with the idea of an author committing to writing 26 books in the Alphabet Series, but astounded when I learned she’d been writing already for over a decade… and that the first book took place in 1982. I was a tad concerned whether or not I could last in a series that would stay firmly put in the 1980s, as the character couldn’t possibly age 40 years as the author finished writing the series. But I almost never felt that way once I dived in to the books… it was a world I loved to be part of.

Santa Teresa, the small California town where it takes place reminded me of so many of the villages I visited when I lived in San Francisco. Grafton’s words and imagery bring you to the setting more than most other authors — it felt entirely too real, as did the heroine, Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey was an older sister to me, someone I could call up when I needed a few hours away from my life. She always delivered. She always made my day brighter. She always left me happier. I finished reading 22 of her books, and by 2005, I’d caught up where I was one of the first people at the bookstore to buy the new release. In time, I picked up too many other series and fell a bit behind, but I’ve purchased W, X and Y, the only 3 left I haven’t read. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Z will be published, but time will tell.

Grafton was at the head of the curve when it came to the development of the mystery series novels. Sure, there was the Golden Age in the early 20th century with Christie and the rest of the gang, but when it was re-invigorated in the 1980s with authors like Lilian Jackson Braun, Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton, the world of literature took a great leap forward again. Thousands of authors have used her style, pattern and themes over the years to find a cohesive book series, but few have found the truly intimate yet traditional approach that Grafton found. I will always appreciate her voice, not only in her books, but in the way she carried herself and interacted with the public. I admire her and would love to have met this fine writer.

If you’ve never read one of her books, and you’re willing to commit to read the whole series, start with A is for Alibi. If not, message me and we’ll figure out the best one for you to take on, if you just want a sample. In her honor, Fri 1/5’s Author Alert is dedicated to Sue Grafton.

To read any book reviews I’ve written on her work, click the link below. To learn more about this author, you can visit her website @ http://www.suegrafton.com/


Book Series – Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

  1. A is for Alibi (1982)
  2. B is for Burglar (1985)
  3. C is for Corpse (1986)
  4. D is for Deadbeat (1987)
  5. E is for Evidence (1988)
  6. F is for Fugitive (1988)
  7. G is for Gumshoe (1990)
  8. H is for Homicide (1991)
  9. I is for Innocent (1992)
  10. J is for Judgment (1993)
  11. K is for Killer (1994)
  12. L is for Lawless (1994)
  13. M is for Malice (1996)
  14. N is for Noose (1998)
  15. O is for Outlaw (1999)
  16. P is for Peril (2000)
  17. Q is for Quarry (2002)
  18. R is for Ricochet (2004)
  19. S is for Silence (2005)
  20. T is for Trespass (2007)
  21. U is for Undertow (2009)
  22. V is for Vengeance (2011) — last one I read
  23. W is for Wasted (2013)
  24. X (2015)
  25. Y is for Yesterday (2017)
  26. Z is for Zero (May not be published posthumously)

Note: If there is an active link, I’ve completed a review.


To see more about Sue Grafton on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his/her dedicated author page where future content and book reviews will added.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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44 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 299 – Alphabet (Author Alert: Sue Grafton)

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    January 5, 2018 at 7:04 AM

    I used to love her stuff!

    Liked by 1 person

    Patty said:
    January 5, 2018 at 7:46 AM

    What a great tribute Jay. She will be missed.

    Liked by 1 person

    susandyer1962 said:
    January 5, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Ive only read A is For Alibi…….

    Stay warm Jay!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Judy Hudgins said:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    I have her series on my “must read” list. Now I ‘must’.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 8:37 AM

      I wish I had written reviews after each book, but most of mine are short and from memory, so they don’t do the series justice. Good luck. Kinsey is one of my all-time fave characters.


    mistysbookspace said:
    January 5, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Great tribute Jay!! I haven’t read any of her books but her Alphabet series has been recommended to me a few times

    Liked by 1 person

    overthehillontheyellowbrickroad said:
    January 5, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Nice post!

    Liked by 1 person

    moorezart said:
    January 5, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

    Liked by 1 person

    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    January 5, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    I, too, was shocked and saddened to hear of Sue Grafton’s passing. One can hope she had “Z” somewhat sketched out. Maybe the publisher will hire a noted author to finish the series, ala Ace Atkins for Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. We’re only talking one book, so I see that as likely happening unless Ms. Grafton’s wishes were otherwise.

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      E. Michael Helms, writer said:
      January 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM

      It seems I was wrong in hoping “Z” would be completed. I just read this, taken from the L.A. Times:

      The latest installment in the series published earlier this year, “Y is for Yesterday,” will be the last, (Jamie, Sue’s daughter) Clark wrote in a Facebook post. “The alphabet now ends at Y,” she wrote.

      Sad for her fans and readers, but those were Ms. Grafton’s wishes.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 5, 2018 at 1:44 PM

        thanks for the confirmation! sad, but good to know for sure now


    Rae Longest said:
    January 5, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Exceptional review! She would have been proud of you.

    Liked by 1 person

    Misty Mount said:
    January 5, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Such a lovely post in memory of a wonderful author!! Well done. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    tahenryauthoress said:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    I’ve never read her but you make me feel like I should.

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Great review for an outstanding author.

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    The last one I read was M is for Malice. I have N, O and P here but I’m going to have to get the rest! So sorry to hear of her passing. Hopefully there was a manuscript somewhere that the kids will have published.

    Liked by 1 person

    Martie said:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Under 300!

    Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    This is a lovely post. I will admit to having never heard of her but given the genres I read that’s not a surprise. I think you’ve really done her work justice here.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 5, 2018 at 3:39 PM

      Thank you. It’s a good mystery series but NO romance or fantasy at all!


    N. N. Light said:
    January 5, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Such a moving tribute. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    bwbookreviewers said:
    January 6, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    I was super sad to hear that she had passed, especially since I knew that she had been so close to finishing the series.

    – Caidyn

    Liked by 1 person

    inspirationpie said:
    January 6, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Everytime you posted a review of her work, I was always intrigued. I thought it was so cool to have a series based on the alphabet. One of these days, I will commit to reading the series, especially since I know how much you enjoyed her work.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 6, 2018 at 3:39 PM

      it’s worth it, but even if you only get to 1 of the books, it will still be great to hear what you think


    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    January 6, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    What a wonderful tribute!

    Liked by 1 person

    dtills said:
    January 6, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    This was a beautiful tribute Jay 🙂 I have read all her books, most purchased as hard covers! I miss her already 😦

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 7, 2018 at 9:07 AM

      Sad… I had paperbacks, as I read a lot right after college when any spare money went to saving for an apt, so no hardbacks! lol

      Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    January 6, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    What a wonderful tribute to a great author. I agree with your comments completely. I will miss Kinsey Millhone.

    Liked by 1 person

    Lovely tribute Jay. I confess I’m glad that another author won’t be writing Z is for Zero. It just wouldn’t be the same.😞

    Liked by 1 person

    sjhigbee said:
    January 7, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    What a lovely tribute to a remarkable writer – I have really enjoyed getting to know Kinsey over the years. Thank you for sharing it, James:)

    Liked by 1 person

    mainepaperpusher said:
    January 7, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    I was so sorry to hear of Grafton’s demise. I’ve read a lot of her books over the years and Kinsey is a terrific character. It’s a pity she didn’t live long enough to finish Z, but you know what they always say: “Leave them wanting more.”

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 8, 2018 at 8:16 AM

      And we will want more. I am planning to start the last 3 I hadn’t ready very soon tho.

      Liked by 1 person

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