Sue Grafton death: Authors respond to the loss of Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series author

Sue Grafton died on Dec. 28 at the age of 77.

(Associated Press/ Gino Domenico )

Sue Grafton, the mystery of the famous writer, died in Santa Barbara, California. on Dec. 28. She was 77.

Grafton, the daughter of Jamie Clark, announced the news at Grafton’s Facebook page on Friday. She wrote that Grafton died after a two year battle with cancer.

“She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and loving husband, Steve. Although we knew that this would come, it was unexpected and fast,” Clark wrote, concluding her post by saying: “the alphabet now ends in Y.”

Grafton was the author of the so-called Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series each of which is the title of the book begins with a letter of the alphabet. The last one was “Y is of Yesterday.”

Below are some of the comments on Grafton’s death.

Shocked and saddened to hear of #SueGrafton’s passing. She was a titan in the mystery genre. I never got the chance to meet her, but by all accounts, she was a class act who is always generous to new and aspiring writers.

— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) December 29, 2017

Very sad to hear that the wonderful Sue Grafton has passed. They forged a path for women in crime fiction, and all of us followed and worshipped her. Deepest condolences to her family.

— Lisa Scottoline (@LisaScottoline) December 29, 2017

I’m still processing the terrible news that we have lost Sue Grafton. The first time I met her, in a long book-signing line, I blurted out that she is my hero. Getting to know her a little bit once I was a published author was truly an honor.

— Alafair Burke (@alafairburke) December 29, 2017

RIP Sue Grafton, a great writer with a ton of integrity. A is for Alibi is one of the best detective novel debut ever.

— Sam Wiebe (@sam_wiebe) December 29, 2017

Ricochet Innocent Peril, Sue Grafton.

— Jay Asher (@jayasherguy) December 29, 2017

This is really sad news. Sue Grafton, elegant, principled, and talented.

“Her daughter went on to say the alphabet now ends in Y.”

— C. J. Box (@cjboxauthor) December 29, 2017

Sending our deepest sympathy. We will all miss you, Sue Grafton. She made it to the Y in life… but in one way or another, I know that they are where they are…

— Daniel Silva (@danielsilvabook) December 29, 2017

So sorry to hear about the death of Sue Grafton. An inspiration to many, including me. RIP

— Elly Griffiths (@ellygriffiths) December 29, 2017

Sorry to hear about the death of mystery writer Sue Grafton. I have never met her, but I’ve enjoyed many of her books.

— Kevin J Anderson (@TheKJA) December 29, 2017

Heartache to learn of Sue Grafton’s death. Your words and wit and the light that you bring to a room will be missed.

— Joelle Charbonneau (@jcharbonneau) December 29, 2017

Heartbreaking news for mystery lovers: Sue Grafton died at 77. One of my favorite since A is For Alibi in 1982. Of her family: “The alphabet now ends in Y.” RIP.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 29, 2017

This is not good. RIP, Sue Grafton.

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) December 29, 2017

Aw, hell. Sue Grafton was a giant in the mystery world, and very gracious to her fans and fellow authors. She will be sorely missed.

— Chris Holm (@chrisfholm) December 29, 2017

RIP Sue Grafton. Today, the alphabet ends at Y.

— JLArmentrout (@JLArmentrout) December 29, 2017

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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