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Sue Grafton
& Kinsey Millhone

author Sue Grafton with a red scarf           short profile

Kinsey Millhone
'alphabet' mysteries

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works about Sue Grafton

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"Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats."

"Let's be optimistic. It doesn't cost anything."

"If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them."

—  Sue Grafton

          B I O
          t e x t
          h e r e
b 4/21/42; lives in Santa Barbara & Louisville KY (96);

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Sue Grafton's official website
Sue Grafton entry at Wikipedia
Kinsey Millhone entry at Wikipedia



Kinsey  Milhone  'Alphabet'  Mysteries  Series
Kinsey Millhone is a former cop living in Santa Teresa (subbing for Santa Barbara, California) who finds work
as an insurance investigator and later becomes a very-independent private investigator.

browse A-Z series books at Amazon
Kinsey Millhone entry at Wikipedia

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"A Is For Alibi" [Henry Holt 1982]

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"B Is For Burglar" [1985]
"Kako Kara no Koe" TV movie [Japan 1988] /tt1650538/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"C Is For Corpse" [1986]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Omnibus edition for mystery novels A, B & C by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  Omnibus A-B-C in hardcover & audiobooks
Wings Books 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/99] out of print/hundreds used
Random House Audio ABR audio CD [11/2005] for $19.77
Random House Audio ABR cassettes [12/97] 6 tapes - out of prodn/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"D Is For Deadbeat" [1987]
"Wangan ni Kieta Onna" TV movie [Japan 1989] /tt1663953/

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"E Is For Evidence" [1988]

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A-B-C-D-E Box Set [1991]
Bantam Dell slipcover mass pb set [10/91] 5 books - out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"F Is For Fugitive" [1989]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Omnibus edition for mystery novels D, E & F by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}   Omnibus D-E-F in paperback, hardcover & audiobooks
Pan Books 7½x5¼ pb [10/95] out of print/used
Wings Books hardcover [4/2001] out of print/many used
Random House Audio ABR audio CD [11/2005] for $19.77
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"G Is For Gumshoe" [Holt 1990]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"H Is For Homicide" [1991]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"I Is For Innocent" [1992]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Omnibus edition for mystery novels G, H & I by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  
Omnibus G-H-I in hardcover & audiobooks
Wings Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [8/2002] out of print/many used
Random House Audio ABR audio CD [11/2005] for $21.86
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"J Is For Judgment" [1993]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"K Is For Killer" [1994]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"L Is For Lawless" [1995]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Omnibus edition for mystery novels J, K & L by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  
Omnibus J-K-L in hardcover
Wings Books 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/2007] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"M Is For Malice" [Holt 1996]
Dietz visits; hired by cousin about missing will, lost legatee
book entry at Wikipedia

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"N Is For Noose" [Holt 4/1998]
Dietz healing, small town in Sierras & dead Sheriff
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"O Is For Outlaw" [Macmillan UK 10/99]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Omnibus edition for mystery novels M, N & O by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  
Omnibus M-N-O in hardcover
Wings Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [6/2008] out of print/used
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"P Is For Peril" [Putnam 2001]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Q Is For Quarry" [Putnam/Marian Wood 10/2002]
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"R Is For Ricochet" [Putnam/MWood 7/2004]
rich man’s daughter just out on parole
book entry at Wikipedia

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"S Is For Silence" [#19 = 12/2005 bestseller]
S Is For Silence mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  Alternating chapters set in 1953 and in 1987 tell the story of a woman
who hires Kinsey to solve the long-ago disappearance of her mother.

Berkley Trade 8x5 pb [10/2011] for $12.86
Berkley mass pb [11/2006] for $7.19
Putnam/Marian Wood 9x6¾ hardcover [12/2005] for $17.79
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"T Is For Trespass" [#20 = 12/2007]
T Is For Trespass mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  When cranky neighbor Gus busts his shoulder, Kinsey hires
a nurse who turns out to be a psychopathic killer.

Berkley mass pb [11/2008] for $7.99
Putnam hardcover [12/2007] out of print/many used
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"U Is For Undertow" [#21 = 12/2009]
U Is For Undertow mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  A young man hires Kinsey to investigate a repressed memory of a burial in Horton Ravine when he was six years old; the police dig up a dog that was euthanized back then, but Kinsey persists and uncovers two kidnappings for ransom and murders then and now.
Kindle Edition from Berkley / Penguin Publng [12/2009] for $7.99
Berkley mass pb [11/2010] for $7.99
Putnam/Marian Wood 9x8 hardcover [12/2009] for $11.27
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"V Is For Vengeance" [#22 = 11/2011]
V Is For Vengeance mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  A series of small clients and suspects – a woman who committed suicide (or was it murder?); a teenager deep in debt to gamblers; a professional shoplifting ring; a wandering husband; a dirty cop; and a lonely widower mourning the death of his lover – ultimately lead Kinsey to the elegant and powerful businessman at the center of the web of crime in Santa Teresa.
Kindle Edition from Putnam / Penguin Publng [11/2011] for $14.99
Pan Macmillan/Mantle 9x6 pb [11/2011] for $47.75 {sic}
Pan Macmillan import mass pb [11/2011] out of print/used
Marian Wood/Putnam 9x6½ hardcover [11/2011] for $15.98
book entry at Wikipedia

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"W Is For Wasted" [#23 = 9/2013]
W Is For Wasted mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  Kinsey is asked to investigate two seemingly unrelated deaths, of a local
private investigator and of an unidentified homeless man – one is a murder,
the other apparently by natural causes.

Kindle Edition from Putnam/Penguin [9/2013] for $12.74
Marian Wood/Putnam 9x6 hardcover [9/2013] for $17.37
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"X: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery" [#24 = 8/2015]
'X' book #24 mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  A remorseless serial killer leaves no trace of his crimes. Can Kinsey prove
her case against him before she becomes his next victim?

Kindle Edition from Putnam/Penguin [8/2015] for $9.99
G.P. Putnam's Sons mass pb [8/2016] for $7.48
Marian Wood Books/Putnam 9¼x6½ hardcover [8/2015] for $18.22
book entry at Wikipedia
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Y Is For Yesterday" [#25 = 8/2017]  8/2017
Y Is For Yesterday mystery novel by Sue Grafton {Kinsey Millhone}  Four teenage boys sexually assault a class member and film it; the tape goes missing and the suspected thief is murdered; one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted – but the ringleader escapes without a trace. Ten years later, one of the boys is released from prison, a copy of the tape is delivered to his wealthy parents with a ransom demand, and the family hires Kinsey . . .
Kindle Edition from Putnam / Penguin Publng [8/2017] for $14.99
Marian Wood/Putnam 9x6½ hardcover [8/2017] for $18.90
book entry at Wikipedia (empty)
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

"Z Is For Zero" [#26 = 2019]


Other  Books  by  Sue  Grafton
browse the Sue Grafton Store {returns 150+ results} at Amazon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Keziah Dane: A Novel" [1967]
Keziah Dane first novel by Sue Grafton  A recent flood devestated the Kentucky town where Keziah lives, and her husband was drowned. She befriends a drifter, who tries to rape her daughter; the girl kills her attacker, and they dump his body in the floodwaters, but unexpected complications nonetheless follow.
Macmillan hardcover [1967] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Lolly Madonna War" [1969 novel]
The Lolly Madonna War novel by Sue Grafton movie tie-in cover  Two hillbilly clans have been feuding for years; the Feather boys concoct a prank to kidnap one of the Gutshall girls, but capture an innocent bystander instead. Then Zack Feather and the girl fall in love . . .
Sphere movie tie-in mass pb [7/73] out of print/rare (costly)
Peter Owen hardcover [9/69] out of print/rare (costly)
book entry at Wikipedia
Lolly-Madonna XXX feature film  "Lolly-Madonna XXX" feature film [M.G.M. Feb 1973]
Produced & co-adapted by Rodney Carr-Smith; directed by Richard C. Sarafian; co-adapted by Sue Grafton, from her novel; starring Rod Steiger, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges {as Zack}, Season Hubley (as the girl}, Randy Quaid & Gary Busey
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Mystery Writers of America Handbook edited by Sue Grafton  "Writing Mysteries: A Handbook By The Mystery Writers of America"
[1976; 2nd edition 2002] Edited by Sue Grafton

Writers Digest 9x6 pb [4/2002] for $11.55
M.W.A. hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
Writers Digest 9x6¼ hardcover [3/92] out of print/many, many used
Telling Lies for Fun & Profit book by Lawrence Block  "Telling Lies For Fun & Profit: A Manual For Fiction Writers" [orig 1981]
by Lawrence Block, Introduction by Sue Grafton

Contents are four years' worth of Block's monthly fiction-writing column from Writer's Digest Magazine
Harper 9¼x6 pb [rev 2/94] for $10.29
Kinsey and Me Stories book by Sue Grafton   "Kinsey and Me: Stories" [1991] by Sue Grafton
A collection of Kinsey Millhone short stories along with other short stories about Grafton's mother
Kindle Edition from Putnam/Penguin [1/2013] for $11.99
Berkley mass pb [12/2013] for $8.99
Marian Wood/Putnam 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2013] for $18.76

Deadly Allies anthology  "Deadly Allies: Private Eye Writers of America & Sisters In Crime Collaborative Anthology" [1992]
Edited by Robert J. Randisi & Marilyn Wallace

Crimeline mass pb [6/93] out of print/many used
Doubleday hardcover [3/92] out of print/many, many used
Phoenix Audio UNABR audio CD [8/2009] for $14.95
8 stories in the audiobook: by Sue Grafton ("A Little Missionary Work"), Loren D. Estleman, Jeremiah Healy, Rob Kantner, John Lutz, Margaret B. Maron, Lia Matera, Sara Paretsky & Julie Smith; 12 more stories in the books: by Sarah Andrews, Max Allan Collins, Michael Collins, Susan Dunlap, Jan Grape, Carolyn G. Hart, John Lutz, editor Randisi, Nancy Pickard, Benjamin M. Schutz, Sandra Scoppettone & editor Wallace

Best American Mystery Stories 1998 anthology  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 1998"
Edited by Sue Grafton & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/98] for $20.95
Houghton Mifflin 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
Female Sleuths anthology  "Female Sleuths: Selections From A Woman's Eye" [2003]
Media Books Audio Publng audio CD [2/2003] out of prodn/used
8 short stories by Sue Grafton ("Full Circle"), Liza Cody, Susan Dunlap, Antonia Fraser, Carolyn G. Hart, Sara Paretsky, Nancy Pickard & Carolyn Wheat


Stageplays,  Movies,  Other  Media

Sue Grafton has promised her children that if they sell the movie rights to the Kinsey Milhone books
to Hollywood, then she will come back from the grave and haunt them.

Sue Grafton's credits [since 1973] at Internet Movie Database

"Nurse" 25-episode TV series [Viacom/CBS-TV 1981-82]
Developed & co-written by Sue Grafton • not available on DVD/Blu-ray • full credits at IMDb

Women of Mystery Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller & Sue Grafton  "Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed
Detective Fiction" [docu-film 1996] Directed by Pamela Briggs

Interviewees are Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller & Sue Grafton
distributor webpage (videos available there)
credits at IMDb


Works  About  Sue  Grafton

G Is For Grafton book by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay  "G Is For Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone"
[orig 1980, rev 1997]
by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay

Some information on Sue Grafton's life, but emphasis on fictional
character Kinsey Millhone, thru "O Is For Outlaw"

Holt 8x5½ pb [9/2000] out of print/many used
Henry Holt & Co. 8¼x5¾ hardcover [11/97] out of print/hundreds used


Family  &  Friends

father C.W. Grafton [1909-82]: entry at Wikipedia
"The Rat Began To Gnaw The Rope" [1943]
"The Rope Began To Hang The Butcher" [1944]
"My Name Is Christopher Nagel" [1947]
"Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" [1950]

first marriage produced one child
second marriage [1961-?] produced two children

third husband Steven F. 'Steve' Humphrey - married since 1978

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Marion Wood, editor at Henry Holt [1990-99] and at G.P. Putnam [since 6/1999]


L i n k s
Sue Grafton's official website
browse the Sue Grafton Store {returns 150+ results} at Amazon
browse Sue Grafton audiobooks {returns 24 books} at Amazon
Sue Grafton's credits [since 1973] at Internet Movie Database
Sue Grafton entry at Wikipedia
Kinsey Millhone entry at Wikipedia

"G Is For Grafton" fansite
Shadow Zone's Sue Grafton fanpage


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