Sue Grafton Books In Order

Sue Grafton is the American author of the popular Kinsey Millhone crime mystery series, which is known even by those who haven’t read the books yet by the fact that each book starts with a letter of the alphabet.

Sadly, the author Sue Grafton passed away on December 28, 2017, at the age of 77 from a 2-year battle with cancer of the appendix, one that she lost. Thus, the Sue Grafton latest book is also her last with Y is For Yesterday to become the last crime mystery novel ever written.

Here are the Sue Grafton books in order for her Kinsey Millhone series as well as her earlier writings (what has been actually published). Reading the Sue Grafton books in proper reading order is easy. Afterall all you need to know is your alphabet. Currently, the series is at y (having the title Y is for Yesterday), the 25th letter of the alphabet, which means that the alphabet is almost complete. However, due to the author’s death in 2017, the Sue Grafton book list ends with Y is for Yesterday, with no further books to be completed.

Kinsey Millhone Series In Order

  1. A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone #1), 1982
  2. B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone #2), 1985
  3. C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3), 1986
  4. D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone #4), 1987
  5. E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone #5), 1988
  6. F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone #6), 1989
  7. G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone #7), 1990
  8. H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone #8), 1991
  9. I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone #9), 1992
  10. J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone #10), 1993
  11. K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone #11), 1994
  12. L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone #12), 1995
  13. M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone #13), 1996
  14. N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone #14), 1998
  15. O is for Outlaw (Kinsey Millhone #15), 1999
  16. P is for Peril (Kinsey Millhone #16), 2001
  17. Q is for Quarry (Kinsey Millhone #17), 2002
  18. R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone #18), 2004
  19. S is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone #19), 2005
  20. T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone #20), 2007
  21. U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21), 2009
  22. V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22), 2011
  23. W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone #23), 2013
  24. X (Kinsey Millhone #24), 2015
  25. Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25), 2017

Other Sue Grafton Books

Sue GraftonBorn in 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, Sue Taylor Grafton (website) is the daughter of the lawyer and detective mystery author C.W. Grafton who wrote 4 books during 1943-1950.

She grew up in Louisville where she attended and graduated from the Western Kentucky University in 1961 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English literature, as well as minors in fine arts and the humanities.

After her university graduation, she held various jobs, including that of being a hospital admission clerk, a cashier, and medical secretary.

At the age of 18, Sue Grafton started writing, with her first novel completed at the age of 22, four years later. In total, before her Kinsey Millhone series, there are seven Sue Grafton books (manuscripts really), two of which were published. As she couldn’t hit success with her books, Sue Grafton turned to TV and she spent 15 years writing scripts for TV films, including two Agatha Christie film adaptions.

Her long-term work with writing for TV taught her a lot in how to structure a story, how to write proper dialogue and how to create action sequences, all knowledge which she put to good use in her later successful crime series, which started with her 8th book, A Is For Alibi. That very first Kinsey Millhone book was Grafton’s ticked out of Hollywood and marked her entry to the big league of prolific crime mystery writers.

During that time she went through a 6 year long bitter divorce and custody battle, and apparently, some of the gruesome ways the serial killers terminated the lives of their victims in her books were conjured during those dark years when she fantasized of ways to kill her own ex-husband. Thankfully those fantasies ended up being written down and became part of the successful Kinsey Millhone crime mystery series, which has so far been published in 28 countries and translated into 26 languages all over the world.

Some of Sue Grafton novels have been translated to TV, including her early book The Lolly-Madonna War which was made into a film with the title Lolly-Madonna XXX starting Rod Steiger and Jeff Bridges.

B is for BurglarHer second Kinsey Millhone book, B Is For Burglar has been made into a Japanese TV movie with the title Kako Kara No Koe” in 1988, and her 4 Kinsey Millhone book, D Is For Deadbeat, has been made into yet another Japanese film in 1989.

The Sue Grafton A is For Alibi novel was the beginning of the popular Kinsey Millhone series and it was started in 1982.

However, the author never wanted her books to be brought to the big screen or turned into a TV series any further, and neither did she want them to be continued by a ghost writer like, for example, Tom Clancy had done with his Jack Reacher series, so the Sue Grafton legacy remain with what she has written right up till she passed away.

The Sue Grafton series focuses on Kinsey Millhone, a former police officer now licensed insurance investigator and PI, who lives in Santa Theresa, California where she solves crime after crime. She has issues dealing with the red tape of bureaucracy and she loves reading books, just like the author used to do.

A new, last Kinsey Millhone book was intended to be released in 2019 with the title Z is For Zero, however, while the author did have a working title for the book, it was never finished.

The author’s very first words in the A is For Alibi, will forever remain for posterity:

My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a private investigator, licensed by the state of California. I’m thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind.

Sue Grafton leaves behind her third husband, Steve Humphrey, to whom she was married for more than 35 years, three children, four granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Jamie Clark, the writer’s daughter, mentioned on Facebook shortly after her mother’s passing:

The alphabet now ends at Y.

So why did Sue Grafton write ABC books? In an interview, the author mentioned that the idea for an alphabet series was inspired by her reading The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey, a macabre rhyming book written in 1963 where 26 kids end in different gruesome ways. She was enthralled by reading the way all those kids met their ends in horrible but creative ways. That old book started with

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs; B is for Basil assaulted by bears; C is for Clara who wasted away; D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.’ Edward Gorey was deliciously bent.

and this idea sparked in the author the idea for the Sue Grafton Kinsey Millhone mystery books, which ultimately became her legacy.

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  1. I felt like Kinsey Millhone was a neighbor of mine along with her great friend the baker who owned the house that she rented the garage from and turned it into her little home. My first book was F is for fugitive and after that I went and picked up the old ones and bought all the new ones I fell in love with her and stories, and felt like she was a friend of mine. When I lived in Arizona she used to come to the Poison Pen and sign books and I was always there in line she always spoke to me and would write whenever I wanted her too on the Dedication page. She was so down to earth. I miss her so much.

  2. Now that the new vehicles do not have CD players any longer, is ther a chance that the Sue Grafton Alphabet Series will be sold on a flash drive?

  3. I’ve read and have several of Sue’s books and really liked all the ones I’ve read so far. I hope to eventually get and read them all, and by then I do hope that the final letter Z for Zero will have become a reality in the form of a final novel written by a worthy author as selected by Sue’s family. I never met Sue, but I felt sad when I learned of her passing much too soon.

  4. I’ve just started reading the series (4th book now) and find it hard to put them down. The whit she interject s by way of Kinsey makes me smile. A gifted writer for sure.

  5. I’ve read Sue’s books for years and have loved every one. I have enjoyed the spitfire in Kinsey and her irreverent comments. I know Sue did not like ghost writers but since she had already prepared the outline for “Z” it would be fantastic if a special writer could be identified to complete her final book. Sue will surely be missed.

  6. I love Kinsey…please it would be a great tribute to Sue Grafton if the family would select a worthy author to follow Sue’s outline for “Z” and bring the series to a proper finale…It would be even better if it was set in the present so we could learn about our treasured friend Kinsey’s life! Love you Sue
    William T Creighton

  7. @Linda Delsing I’m so glad you actually got to meet her, I’m a bit envious (in a good way). I actually cried when I’ve learned of her passing 3 years ago.

  8. I have love Sue Grafton books so much! I think there is Kinseys in all of us! Her short stories are more of a memoir than any thing she has written. She was so nice to my hubby and myself when we talked to her after a book signing of Kinsey and Me! My Mom and sisters round robined her books. Some I have on my iPad some are hard cover and some are well worn paperbacks that I found at garage sales. I reread them and enjoy every minute feeling that I know the real Sue Grafton!

  9. I fell in love with the eyes of sue when i looked at her picture on cover of book i picked up at my local used book sore in college station texas. when i read and met kinsey i fell in love with her. i am saddened for sues’ family. i have alphabet books and i read them over again and again. and yes the alphabet now ends with i.

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