Alphabet writer dies with the series, the ‘Y’

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American crime author Sue Grafton, best known for the creation of the private eye Kinsey Malhone in her “alphabet mystery” novels, has died at the age of 77.

Their daughter, Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, after a two year battle with cancer.

“She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband, Steve,” she said.

Grafton worked as a TV scriptwriter before we a great deal of success as a crime writer.

Her series of crime novels, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, which have been translated into 26 languages and has regularly been at the top of the Bestseller lists in the United States.

At the end of the Facebook post by Sue Grafton

The first, A is for Alibi was published in 1982 and the last Y is for Yesterday, was released in August.

“As far as we are concerned in the family, the alphabet ends at Y,” her daughter said in a statement published on Facebook.

“Although we knew that this would come, it was unexpected and fast. It was all fine until a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue to write, as long as you had the juice,” she said.

Grafton has received numerous awards for her work, including from the British Crime Writers’ Association and the Mystery Writers of America.

Co-authors posted tributes on social media. Crime author Val McDermid, said Grafton was “incredibly generous”.

At the end of the Twitter post by @valmcdermid

Detective fiction writer Sara Paretsky said her letter was “closely twisted” Grafton. Both authors featured female private investigators in their work.

At the end of the Twitter post from @Sara paretsky

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