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OT/MISC Sue Grafton, writer behind Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, dead at 77, daughter says
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    Sue Grafton, writer behind Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, dead at 77, daughter says

    Sue Grafton, writer behind Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, dead at 77, daughter says
    Associated Press
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    Mystery writer Sue Grafton has died in Santa Barbara, California. She was 77.

    Her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted news of her mother's death on Grafton's web page Friday.

    She says her mother passed away Thursday night after a two-year battle with cancer and was surrounded by family, including Grafton's husband, Steve.

    Grafton was the author of the so-called Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series in which each book title begins with a letter from the alphabet. The last was "Y is for Yesterday."

    Her daughter concluded her posting by saying, "the alphabet now ends at Y."


    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment...hter-says.html

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    Well, just damn! I swore I would read all of her books before I died and was afraid I wouldn't make it.

    I got the impression that she was one sharp lady and I hate to hear this. RIP, old friend and thank you for the many, many hours of good fun reading you gave us.

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    I never read any of the books on the series, but I've been aware of the progression of the series starting with "A" years ago and have been noting the march toward "Z". Maybe I'll start reading the series. I found the quote by her daughter "the alphabet now ends at Y" very poignant.

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    Copyright date on "A is for Alibi" is 1982. My sister just said she would watch for "Y" every time she goes to Wal-Mart.

    We are hoping Grafton left notes and an outline for "Z" and that eventually the family might let someone put that last book together for her. It wouldn't be quite the real thing, but still awfully nice to complete the alphabetical set.

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    I met her once at a book signing for her Q book. She was from Kentucky. I have read them all except for Y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    . . . hoping Grafton left notes and an outline for "Z" and that eventually the family might let someone put that last book together for her. It wouldn't be quite the real thing, but still awfully nice to complete the alphabetical set.
    ^This^
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    I'll bet that she did leave an outline and maybe even chatted with an author or two. I read somewhere that she really wanted that series finished, even if she couldn't finish it herself.

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    Meemur, that makes me feel a little bit better. I've never known anyone but my sister, my mom, and myself, who even heard of her, so it's nice to find others who knew about her, too.

    Just the other day I was wondering if I should email her and tell her how I was hoping I'd last long enough to read all 26 books. Now I'm glad I didn't because talking about my own survival, not knowing that she was failing, would have been in the very worst taste.

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    I've read all of those books except for the Y one. I really enjoyed them all.
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    I've read up to "T".

    It just won't be the same reading the rest now that she's died.

    Genny

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    A lot of people loved her work and will miss her. RIP, author ...
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    I've read and enjoyed quite a few of her books(not in any order) and have 10 more in my bookcase for reading if/when online reading is no longer an option. Rip Sue.

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    Genny, if you will still read and enjoy her books, then part of her hasn't died. And it's the part that she'd want to continue. So do enjoy the rest of her books.

    And every time her irrepressible personality comes through while you're reading, just smile. And maybe say "thank you for making me smile."

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    This makes me so sad. I loved that series and every time I read one of her new books it was like meeting up with an old friend. Sue Grafton, your books brought me many hours of pleasure. RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    Genny, if you will still read and enjoy her books, then part of her hasn't died. And it's the part that she'd want to continue. So do enjoy the rest of her books.

    And every time her irrepressible personality comes through while you're reading, just smile. And maybe say "thank you for making me smile."

    Martinhouse, you're right, I will continue to read the rest of her books and smile at certain points throughout them.

    Genny

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    Before the alphabet, she wrote Lolly Madonna. Worth reading.

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    Loved her books.

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    I was living in Santa Barbara when she wrote her first few books and enjoyed the similarities between "Santa Teresa" and Santa Barbara. Have read all of them except the last one or two. A fun writer of mysteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bw View Post
    Before the alphabet, she wrote Lolly Madonna. Worth reading.
    Found this on Amazon, there are other, less expensive copies:

    Lolly-Madonna War 1973

    by Sue Grafton
    Paperback
    $196.69

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    Many people loved her alphabet books and she will be missed.

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