Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton

This is a complete list of Sue Grafton books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series or category.

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List of Kinsey Millhone Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.5
A is for Alibi
1982
2
7.8
B is for Burglar
1985
3
8.2
C is for Corpse
1986
4
7.8
D is for Deadbeat
1987
5
7.9
E is for Evidence
1988
6
8.4
F is for Fugitive
1989
7
8
G is for Gumshoe
1990
8
8.1
H is for Homicide
1991
9
8.1
I is for Innocent
1992
10
8.2
J is for Judgment
1993
11
8
K is for Killer
1994
12
8.2
L is for Lawless
1994
13
8.3
M is for Malice
1996
14
8.4
N is for Noose
1998
15
8.1
O is for Outlaw
1999
16
8.5
P is for Peril
2000
17
8.5
Q is for Quarry
2002
18
8.1
R is for Ricochet
2004
19
8
S is for Silence
2005
20
8.2
T is for Trespass
2007
21
8.5
U is for Undertow
2009
22
8.1
V is for Vengeance
2011
23
7.9
W is for Wasted
2013
24
7.5
X
X
2015
25
8.1
Y is for Yesterday
2017

List of Kinsey Millhone Collections in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Deadly Allies Books in Publication Order

List of Sue Grafton Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Mean Streets
1986
2
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories
1988
3
An Eye for Justice
1988
4
City Sleuths and Tough Guys
1989
5
Sisters in Crime 2
1990
6
A Woman's Eye
1991
7
Deadly Allies
1992
8
The Year’s 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1991
1992
9
Female Sleuths
1993
10
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1992
1993
11
Great Mystery Series: Top Female Sleuths
1993
12
2nd Culprit
1993
13
Deadly Allies II
1994
14
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1993
1994
15
The Crown Crime Companion
1995
16
First Cases, Volume 1
1996
17
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories
1996
18
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998
1998
19
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories
2000
20
Crime Story Collection
2000
21
A Poison That Leaves No Trace: With Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle
2002
22
Most Wanted
2002
23
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction
2004
24
A New Omnibus of Crime
2005
25
The Shamus Winners
2010
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Sue Grafton: Biography

Sue Grafton (Sue Taylor Grafton) was born on April 24th, 1940. Sue passed away December 28th, 2017 at 77 years old. Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Sue Grafton was the author of the Kinsey Millhone series which consists of 25 novels. The Kinsey Millhone series started in 1982 with the novel A is for Alibi. The most recently released novel in the Kinsey Millhone series was Y is for Yesterday which was released in 2017. There are no upcoming novels for the Kinsey Millhone series.

Sue was married to Steve Humphrey, who was well-known to a lot of Grafton fans as he would attend numerous book signings. He was also well-known in his role as a physicist and professor.

One of the biggest inspirations in Sues life was the crime author Ross MacDonald, who wrote novels primarily in the 1950s. Her father was C.W. Grafton, who was also an author and one of his novels won the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award in 1943. He was very inspirational and actually taught Sue in regards to writing and editing and at 18 years old was when she started writing novels, although many of her early ones weren't published and she ended up destroying them.

Prior to becoming a writer, Sue wrote screenplays for TV movies, which led her to her co-writing the screenplay based on her own novel, The Lolly-Madonna War. She also won a Christopher Award for Walking Through the Fire, a screenplay that she wrote. Sue also adapted multiple novels written by famed author Agatha Christie.

In 2014, the Kinsey Millhone character and series by Sue won The Hammer award at the Shamus Awards, which is an award given to the Best P.I. Series Character.

Following her passing, the Mystery Writers of America, who present the Edgar Awards, created the Sue Grafton Memoriam Award.

In 2000, the YWCA of Lexington Smith-Breckinridge:awarded Sue the Distinguished Woman of Achievement Award.

Sue Grafton: Awards & Accolades

Sue Grafton has won multiple awards including: The Shamus Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (The Eye), in 2003, Santa Barbara Book Council Awards, Ross MacDonald Literary Award, in 2004, Crime Writer's Association Award, Diamond Dagger Award, in 2008, Edgar Award, Grand Master, in 2009 and the Agatha Award, Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2011.

Sue Grafton has won many awards including:

  • B is for Burglar won the Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel, in 1986 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1986.
  • C is for Corpse won the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1987.
  • The Parker Shotgun won the Anthony Award, Best Short Story, in 1987 as well as the Macavity Award - Best Short Story in 1987.
  • F is for Fugitive won the Maltese Falcon Society, Falcon Award, in 1991.
  • G is for Gumshoe won the Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel, in 1991 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1991.
  • K is for Killer won the Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel, in 1995.
  • Y is for Yesterday won the Anthony Award, Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series, in 2018.

The following novels by Sue Grafton were also nominated for these awards:

  • A is for Alibi: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (1983).
  • C is for Corpse: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (1987).
  • Between the Sheets: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Short Story (1987).
  • E is for Evidence: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (1989). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1989).
  • Sisters in Crime 2: Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original (1991).
  • A Poison That Leaves No Trace: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Short Story (1991).
  • Full Circle: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Short Story (1992).
  • I is for Innocent: Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award (1992).
  • A Little Missionary Work: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Short Story (1993).
  • K is for Killer: Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1995).
  • M is for Malice: Audie Award, Best Mystery (1997).
  • O is for Outlaw: Audie Award, Best Mystery (2000).
  • Q is for Quarry: Audie Award, Best Mystery (2003).
  • V is for Vengeance: Lefty Award, The Golden Nugget Award (2012).
  • W is for Wasted: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2013). Lefty Award, The Squid Award (2014). Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (2014).
  • Y is for Yesterday: Shamus Award, Best P.I. Novel (2018).

Sue Grafton: Lists & Other Mentions

  • L is for Lawless was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1995.
  • N is for Noose was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 1998.
  • P is for Peril was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2001.
  • Q is for Quarry was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2002.
  • R is for Ricochet was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2004.
  • S is for Silence was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2005 and 2006.
  • T is for Trespass was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2007.
  • U is for Undertow was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2009.
  • W is for Wasted was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2013.
  • X was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2015.
  • Y is for Yesterday was a New York Times: #1 Fiction Best Seller in 2017.

Sue Grafton: TV/Movies Based on Books

The 1973 movie Lolly-Madonna XXX is based off the novel The Lolly-Madonna War. Sue wrote the novel and also co-wrote the screenplay with Rodney Carr-Smith. The movie starred Rod Steiger, Randy Quaid, Gary Busey and Jeff Bridges.

Although no movies were technically made based on the Alphabet Murders series, there were two TV movies in Japan that were released based on two novels by Sue within that series. They were based on B is for Burglar and D is for Deadbeat. In 2021 however, it has came to light that A+E Studios have actually picked up the rights to the series, so it is possible we will see adaptations of the Kinsey Millhone series down the road.

Sue Grafton: Author Insights

The highest rated book by Sue Grafton on Book Notification is P is for Peril, the 16th novel in the Kinsey Millhone series.

The most read book by Sue Grafton on Book Notification is A is for Alibi, the 1st novel in the Kinsey Millhone series.

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Sue Grafton are:

  1. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  2. John Grisham, author of the Jake Brigance Series.
  3. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  4. Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher Series.
  5. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.

Sue Grafton: F.A.Q

When was Sue Grafton Born?

Sue Grafton was born on April 24th, 1940.

When did Sue Grafton die?

Sue Grafton died on December 28th, 2017 at 77 years old.

Where was Sue Grafton Born?

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

What awards has Sue Grafton won?

Sue Grafton has won the following awards: Lifetime Achievement Award (The Eye) at the Shamus Award (2003), Ross MacDonald Literary Award at the Santa Barbara Book Council Awards (2004), Diamond Dagger Award at the Crime Writer's Association Award (2008), Grand Master at the Edgar Award (2009) and the Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Award at the Agatha Award (2011).

What book awards has Sue Grafton won?

B is for Burglar: Shamus Award Best P.I. Novel (1986), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (1986).
C is for Corpse: Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (1987).
The Parker Shotgun: Anthony Award Best Short Story (1987), Macavity Award Best Short Story (1987).
F is for Fugitive: Maltese Falcon Society Falcon Award (1991).
G is for Gumshoe: Shamus Award Best P.I. Novel (1991), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (1991).
K is for Killer: Shamus Award Best P.I. Novel (1995).
Y is for Yesterday: Anthony Award Bill Crider Award for Best Novel in a Series (2018).

What was the first book Sue Grafton wrote?

The first novel written by Sue Grafton was Keziah Dane, published in 1967.

What was the most recent book Sue Grafton wrote?

Her most recently released work was Y is for Yesterday on August 22nd, 2017.

How many books has Sue Grafton written?

Sue Grafton has written 34 books excluding contributions to anthologies. 25 books in the Kinsey Millhone Series, 1 book in the Kinsey Millhone Collections, 2 Standalone Novels, 5 Short Stories/Novellas, 1 book in the Non-Fiction Books.

How did Sue Grafton die?

Sue passed away after she got the rare form cancer of the appendix, which she battled with for two years.

Did the Alphabet Series ever get a Z book?

Sadly, it did not. Sue passed away one book away from completing the entire alphabet.

What was the final Alphabet Murders novel to be called?

Sue had said in 2009 that the final novel in the series would be known as Z is for Zero.

Was the Kinsey Millhone series ever made into TV shows or movies?

No it was not. Her work writing screenplays had put her off working with Hollywood, or as she put it, the desire to work with Hollywood was 'cured'.

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    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    I like how Sue Grafton chooses her words well to fit in the story she’s writing about. She never fails to impress me, and her book always keeps me satisfied.
    ‘Keziah Dane’ is a story of a widow who lost her husband two years ago and her son taken and is now living in very poor conditions.
    Kinsey Millhone series is a thrilling set of books with a fascinating set of characters. ‘C is for Corpse’ is my favorite in the series so far for its decent mystery story and likable characters. The author never forgets to incorporate twists and turns in her stories.
    I’m planning on reading the whole list of books by Sue Grafton.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    1 year ago

    It’s a shame that Grafton died before she finished the alphabet series. She made it clear that she did not want publishers to release books that ghostwriters had penned under her name.

    Her family closed the matter when they announced that ‘Y’ would be the last book in this series. I wanted to finish Kinsey’s story. I wanted to know what Grafton had in mind for her.

    I was not a fan of ‘A is for Alibi.’ But I gave it a pass because I knew it was a debut novel. I enjoyed watching Grafton grow as a writer. But also, Kinsey grew on me. She was still unlikeable but strangely endearing. Oh well. I guess she will live on in my imagination.

    Phil Ammar
    Phil Ammar
    2 months ago

    I’ve only read one of Sue Grafton’s novels (so far) and it was Q For Quarry and I really enjoyed that book. Too bad Sue Grafton passed away before she could write a book for the letter Z. May she rest in peace.

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