Kentucky native and celebrated mystery author Sue Grafton dies


World-renowned author and local resident, Sue Grafton, passed away at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer.

Grafton was the author of the so-called Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series in which each book title begins with a letter from the alphabet.

"Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast".

Grafton had never allowed her books to be turned into movies or TV shows, and her daughter said she was adamantly against ghost writers. Jamie wrote on Facebook that "as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y".

Grafton, who had homes in Louisville and Montecito, used Santa Barbara as the inspiration for the fictional town of Santa Teresa, where her mystery novels were set.

While Grafton aged, her heroine didn't quite as much. He says Grafton will be remembered by her readers as someone who was careful with her writing - calling her "talented" and 'rigorous.' Grafton was surrounded by family and close friends. She received a Hometown Hero banner in 2016 and appeared on Great Day Live over the years, talking to us about her success. Her first novel, "Keziah Dane", was published in 1967. The 25th book in her "alphabet" series, Y is for Yesterday, was published in August.

Sue Grafton graduated from the University of Louisville in 1961 and tried but quickly abandoned a graduate program, instead moving to California.

Ms. Grafton's second marriage ended in protracted divorce and custody proceedings that, she later said, led her to imagine methods of murder for her novels.

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"It's like wives and mothers and sisters talk their kids into doing it. Librarians pitch my books", Grafton said with a smile.

Grafton's publisher, Penguin Random House, said in a statement on Twitter that the company was "devastated" by the loss. I was completely free to do anything I wanted and had nothing at stake.

Grafton supported other writers and was very generous with her time, even after she was well-known and successful, Rachow said.

Grafton began writing at 18, and completed her first novel at 22.

'That never-to-be-written Z book is the least of what we've just lost, ' Block tweeted. In addition to her husband and daughter Jamie Clark, she is survived by another daughter, Leslie Twine, and her son, Jay Schmidt.

"I read newspapers, textbooks on crime".

"After Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie, what a revelation!" she said, "and it may have been the moment when the spirit of Kinsey Millhone first sparked to life".

"I was smitten with all those little Victorian children being dispatched in various ways", she told The New York Times in 2015. "She left in a cloud of love", said Steve Humphrey.