- There will be no book “Z is for Zero”; the alphabet ends at Y. Her latest book “Y is for Yesterday” was released earlier this year. Her beloved Alphabet series will remain incomplete, reminding us of the implacable ruthlessness of fate.
- Grafton was by all accounts a generous writer/personality who shared her notes on her website and was accessible to her fans.
- She was a pioneer, in some ways, by creating a female hard-boiled detective that was light years away from from older lady sleuths like Miss Marple or Harriet Vane.
- Her character, Kinsey Millhone, has a number of questionable habits that endeared her to readers, and made her both a loner and highly relatable.
- Millhone eats peanut butter and pickle sandwiches among other bad food choices, which I did too— but only when I was pregnant.
- S is for Santa Barbara, where she lived and which she disguised as the “fictional town of Santa Maria”. I spent the happiest years of my childhood there, so the entire background scenario of the Alphabet series seems both real and familiar to me.
- I think my favorite reason to grieve her passing is that she stubbornly kept her 25 book series grounded in the halcyon days of the 1980’s. The absence of cell phones makes everything more complicated, intimate, and interesting.
- Sue Grafton was only 77, and she was wealthy and had been happily married to the same man for 35 years. This goes to show you that the big C is for Anyone.
- Sue Grafton inspired me to try and write my own series. She once said that Kinsey Millhone was a braver, skinnier version of herself. My detective is a younger, darker version of myself, who is Mexican-American and can therefore speak Spanish better.
- This Californian-noir writer was a hard-nose realist, who once said about the beautiful blue Pacific that hugs my hometown town of Santa Barbara, “ The ocean is so cold and so dirty and there are things down in there that will bite you.”