Sue Grafton, author and creator of the Alphabet Series of mystery novels, has passed away at age 77. She was dealing with cancer for the last two years, her daughter Jamie said in posting about her death on the author’s Facebook page.
Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.
The Alphabet Series starred private investigator Kinsey Millone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The first novel in the series was released in 1982. Since then she has written 24 more novels in the series. Sadly, it looks like she passed away before being able to finish the entire series. Grafton also produced screenplays for television and film, adopting several Agatha Christie novels for the screen. As stated by her family, Sue Grafton refused to let her books be turned into movies or a television series, even though it lent itself to such things. Her final novel, Y is for Yesterday was published this past August.