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January 03, 2018


Marcia Talley

Beautifully said, Elaine. We are all Sue's daughters. I remember reading A-C while on a trip to Stratford-on-Avon to visit my daughter, Laura, who was spending her junior year studying Chaucer at nearby Warwick University. When I got home, I immediately bought and devoured D ... and every letter of the alphabet since. I was fortunate to have been able to chat with Sue at Malice and at the Edgars one year; she was super supportive of other mystery writers. We shall miss her.

Elaine Viets

I honor her family for stopping her books at Y, as Sue wished, and keeping Sue's voice authentic. But like everyone, I would have liked to have seen Z and what she wrote after Kinsey.

Terri Parsons

I agree with family's decision. BUT I might be ok if they worked out a tv deal... Would love to see Kinsey on the screen

Storyteller Mary

I took a Sue Grafton paperback, not A, a random find, on my first cruise and found myself picking it up at any free moment. Then I went back to A and through the series properly. I've loved every re-entry into Kinsey's world, admiring her courage, intelligence, and care for others. I've even adopted the use of manicure scissors when my bangs infringe upon my eyes between haircuts. Sue gave us a great gift, and "Y" should it ever end? In the world of storytellers we remember and honor those who have taught others, the godmothers and fathers of storytelling. Continuing with good stories is the proper remembrance. If there is a heaven, we'll share more stories there. <3


I finally started this series a few years back on audio, and I've been loving it. I've made it to "I." This news saddened me, especially knowing we will never know how Sue intended to leave Kinsey.

But it warms my heart so much to hear Sue was such a warm person in real life. The stories people have been sharing in the last week truly are wonderful.

Elaine Viets

Like you, I'd love to see Kinsey on the screen, Terri. But Sue worked as a screenwriter before she wrote her alphabet series, and developed such a deep aversion to the process, she made her family promise to never, ever sell Kinsey to the movies or TV. They are honoring their promise.

Elaine Viets

Sue's death is a double loss, Mary. We've lost her as a writer, and we've lost Kinsey's future adventures. For now, we'll have to be content with Y. But if I ever get to heaven, I want to know about Z!

Elaine Viets

Sue was a warm person, Mark, and she was kind and helpful to writers and readers.

Triss Stein

Well done, Elaine. A wonderful tribute.

Elaine Viets

Thank you, Triss.

Debra H. Goldstein

A very good remembrance and she was
Right - her books will live on as new readers discover them

Elaine Viets

And old ones reread them to remember Kinsey and Sue. Writing is immortality.

Linda Pearl

Many years ago, after a cruise, I was in a shop looking for a book to read on the plane. Since I've always collected mysteries set in Florida, I grabbed one with a tropical image and was set to go. This book was Ei is for Evidence. I was surprised at how many people,on the plane had my book!! When I got home, I got A-D to happily binge read,and I was hooked.

Today when cleaning, I found 21 photo Christmas cards Sue sent out, and a couple of promotional gifts for upcoming titles...Sue never aged I swear. The loss is felt My so many, I'll treasure these keepsakes even more . For me, "S" is for Sad...🌸

Deb Romano

Like others have said, I will miss both Sue and Kinsey, and I have to confess to a crush on Henry! He seemed so real!

After I finish reading the Y book I think I'll return to the beginning of the alphabet!



I will always have a special place for Kinsey in my heart. She was my first female sleuth that I followed, I remember the time I bought the paperback “A is for Alibi” in 1986 and I was instantly hooked.

Joanna Campbell Slan

What a fabulous tribute, Elaine. Thank you!

Elaine Viets

Lucky you, to have those photo cards of Sue, Linda. And I agree -- Sue never seemed to age. That's why I was so surprised to know that she was 77, and had been sick for two years.

Elaine Viets

Henry was an incredible character, Deb -- an older man who was smart, lively, occasionally grumpy, but always real.

Elaine Viets

Glad you liked it, Joanna.

Jackie King

Thanks for writing this wonderful essay on Sue Grafton!

Elaine Viets

You're welcome, Jackie. She was a wonderful woman.

Marilyn Levinson

Well said, Elaine. Both Sue and Kinsey are great losses to us all.

Elaine Viets

Sue is a terrible loss, Marilyn. We've lost Kinsey's future, but we still have her with us.

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