Over the last few years, several of our Just Arrived segments have concerned the latest books in best-selling author Sue Grafton’s popular Alphabet Series. Back in Auguest, fans were anxious to read what we expected to be the penultimate volume, Y is for Yesterday. Sadly, however, Sue Grafton passed away last week at the age of 77. Her family said that she had been too ill to work on the final book, and therefore, according to them “the alphabet now ends at Y.” Her husband did say that the book would have been called “Z is for Zero.” Grafton had always been adamant that no one would ever write in her name, so this story will never be written. Also, interestingly, she refused to sell the rights to her books to movie or television, so they will never be adapted for the screen.
If you are not familiar with this series, the books are mysteries solved by private investigator Kinsey Millhone. She is an independent young woman who was briefly a police officer and insurance investigator before opening her own investigation service. While she does not have immediate family, she has an interesting group of friends and neighbors who add character to the stories. As the series develops, we learn more about Kinsey’s estranged family as she discovers secrets from her own past.
Each book can be read by itself, but reading them in order allows the reader to get to know and care about Kinsey better. If you wish to start at the beginning, A is for Alibi is available as a paperback or as an eAudio through OverDrive. The library has most of the books in the series in either print format, CD, Playaway, or eBook.