Books by Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery


Y IS FOR YESTERDAY by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Any time spent with Grafton's inimitable shamus is one of the highlights of the year, but her 25th case drags on forever before ending with a whimper. Fans won't mind as they cheer the series on to Z Is for Zany, or whatever the endlessly resourceful author has in mind."
The release of a 24-year-old who's aged out of his juvenile conviction for murdering one of his schoolmates reopens old wounds for everyone concerned and brings Santa Teresa private eye Kinsey Millhone (X, 2015, etc.) to the case. Read full book review >
X by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series (W Is for Wasted, 2013, etc.), graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre."
What does X stand for? Xanakis, XLNT, maybe even Father Xavier, all features of Kinsey Millhone's dense, meaty 24th case. Read full book review >
W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical."
Kinsey Millhone finds yet another way to be connected to a sudden death: as the victim's executor and sole heir. Read full book review >
KINSEY AND ME by Sue Grafton
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Though the collection is less revealing about Kinsey than her novels are, it offers a rare sustained glimpse inside Grafton—and a fine way to pass the time until W is for Whatever."
The collected short cases of Kinsey Millhone, plus a substantial bonus that wasn't included when the stories were originally published in a limited edition in 1991. Read full book review >
'V' IS FOR VENGEANCE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"As always, Grafton is as original, absorbing and humane as ever. The joints just creak a bit this time."
Kinsey Millhone witnesses a shoplifter at work, to the considerable cost of them both. Read full book review >
'U' IS FOR UNDERTOW by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Short on mystery, but rewardingly sensitive in teasing out the shock waves that reached from the Summer of Love to the heart of Santa Teresa."
A wild tale by an untrustworthy witness sets Kinsey Millhone (T Is for Trespass, 2007, etc.) on the track of a stone-cold case. Read full book review >
'T' IS FOR TRESPASS by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2007

"Each of Kinsey's cases stretches the private-eye formula in new ways. Her 20th, which reads like vintage Ruth Rendell, will bring shivers to every reader with an aged parent—or a young child."
Kinsey Millhone's 20th case, which pits her against a creepy pair of abusers who don't know of each other's existence, is one of her finest. Read full book review >
'S' IS FOR SILENCE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2005

"Score another triumph for Kinsey. Grafton brings every corner of Serena Station, past and present, more deeply alive than your own hometown."
Kinsey Millhone (R Is for Ricochet, 2004, etc.) is pulled into the ancient case of the bad-girl wife and mother who ran off without her man and without a trace. Read full book review >
'R' IS FOR RICOCHET by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 13, 2004

"No more mystery than Q Is for Quarry (2002). But Kinsey's frantic attempts to keep her balance on the tightrope between a pair of lovers scheming against each other, and her own latest stab at romance, will have fans purring contentedly."
R is really for romance, as Kinsey Millhone acknowledges on the first page of this tale of love gone right and wrong and every which way in between. Read full book review >
'Q' IS FOR QUARRY by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Despite a bumper crop of Q's, the late-arriving whodunit is tangled and routine, and Kinsey's latest inconclusive flirtation with her own past—the owner of Grayson Quarry turns out to be the grandmother she's never spoken to—awaits resolution, perhaps in R Is for Relatives."
Back in 1969, Det. Stacey Oliphant of the county sheriff's office and Lt. Read full book review >
'P' IS FOR PERIL by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 4, 2001

"After twenty years updating the private-eye tradition, Grafton shows she can spin a classic yarn with all the breadth of her masters, and a sharper eye for detail than any of them."
Nine weeks after Dr. Dowan Purcell left the Pacific Meadows medical facility he administered, then vanished along with his passport and $30,000, his ex-wife Fiona, disgusted alike at the Santa Teresa Police Department's lack of progress on the case and the lackadaisical attitude of Dow's current wife, ex-stripper Crystal, calls in Kinsey Millhone. Read full book review >
'O' IS FOR OUTLAW by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Fans hungry for details of Kinsey Millhone's well-guarded past will give thanks for Teddy Rich, the storage-locker scavenger who's come up with a box of old documents about herself that he's willing to sell for $30 (Kinsey gets him to take $20). Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 1998 by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Not the comprehensive yearbook of the genre German produces, but this year, at least, a more rewarding collection of stories."
Series editor Otto Penzler, who picked the 50 stories from which Grafton culled the 20 in this volume, has ranged far afield in search of what Grafton aptly calls crime stories, and the rewards are substantial. Read full book review >
'N' IS FOR NOOSE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1998

"Grafton's probing group portrait of Nota Lake starts slowly, but her patient revelations of the complicated relationships Tom Newquist left behind make this her best work since 'K' Is for Killer (1994)."
In the weeks before a heart attack killed him, Tom Newquist, a sheriff's investigator in Nota Lake, Cal., was tormented by something he couldn't share with his wife. Read full book review >
'M' IS FOR MALICE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Polished, heartfelt work from Grafton ('L' is for Lawless, 1995, etc.), though you wouldn't give the antique plot the time of day if it weren't for Kinsey."
If only Bader Malek, head of Santa Teresa's Malek Construction, had held onto his last will—the one disinheriting his wayward son Guy in favor of his three brothers who dutifully stayed the course at their father's house—the surviving Maleks wouldn't have to hire Kinsey Millhone to dig up the brother they wish would just stay lost, or at least sign a quitclaim to his $5 million share of the estate. Read full book review >
'L' IS FOR LAWLESS by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 1995

"Minor work for Kinsey ('K'' is for Killer, 1994, etc.), who appears in just about every role imaginablecheerleader, traffic cop, accessory after the fact to the felonious hunters of Johnny Lee's treasure. She's everything, in fact, except a detective."
Just a few days before she's to be a bridesmaid at her ancient landlord Henry Pitts's Thanksgiving wedding, Kinsey Millhone agrees to help her late neighbor John Lee's family recover enough money from the Veteran's Administration to pay for his burial, and it's all downhill from there for Kinsey's bridesmaid's plans. Read full book review >
'K' IS FOR KILLER by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1994

"Plotting here is animated, though not always cohesive or convincing, and Grafton's lively prose propels the reader through the murky patches in a flawed but mostly engrossing story."
Spunky, ever more introspective Santa Teresa, California, PI Kinsey Millhone ("A" Is for Alibi, 1982; etc.) has been hired to investigate the 10-month-old murder of Lorna Kepler, found two weeks after she died in her isolated cabin. Read full book review >
'J' IS FOR JUDGMENT by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1993

"Solidly readable but minus the compelling edge of Grafton's best."
Private investigator Kinsey Millhone, the author's tough, tenacious, California-based heroine, has taken on a freelance job for her ex-employer, California Fidelity Insurance. Read full book review >
'I' IS FOR INNOCENT by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1992

"Rack up another winner for Grafton."
California's formidable p.i. Read full book review >
'H' IS FOR HOMICIDE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 1991

"First-class work from an author whose range grows steadily deeper and richer."
Kinsey Millhone, twice-divorced ex-cop, ever dauntless, ever vulnerable ("A" is for Alibi, etc.), now investigating claims for California Fidelity, is assigned a seemingly routine claim from the files of deceased co-worker Parnell Perkins—robbed and shot dead. Read full book review >
'G' IS FOR GUMSHOE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1990

"The story is complex; the body-count high; the sexual encounters feverish; and the villains chilling—in another can't-put-it-down outing for this talented author."
There's a contract out on the life of Kinsey Millhone, Santa Teresa's tough-tender ex-cop private eye ("A "Is For Alibi, etc.). Read full book review >
'F' IS FOR FUGITIVE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 1989

"Intriguing plot; swift pace; convincing, mostly repellent characters; seedy, small-town ambience; and a heroine who has mellowed just a little make this another winner for Grafton."
Gutsy California p.i. Read full book review >
'E' IS FOR EVIDENCE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1988

"The taut, dense plot is marred by a crucial flaw, but an unflagging pace, skilled buildup of tension, lively characters, and Kinsey's offbeat charm make this yet another of the author's first-class entertainments."
Tough, vulnerable, twice-divorced P.I. Kinsey Millhone ("C" Is For Corpse, etc.) is being framed for insurance fraud, along with Lance Wood, president of Wood/Warren, manufacturer of industrial furnaces, whose warehouse has burned down. Read full book review >
'D' IS FOR DEADBEAT by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1987

"Solid plot with a sometimes poignant undercurrent; a brisk pace; and people and places infused with vivid reality—Grafton gets better all the time."
Kinsey Millhone, the author's gritty, appealing P.I., based in California's Santa Teresa ("C" is for Corpse), is hired by shabby alcoholic ex-con John Daggett to deliver a cashier's check for $25,000 to one Tony Gahan, address unknown. Read full book review >
'C' IS FOR CORPSE by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 1986

"The author's style is warm and swift, the plot intrigues even if far-fetched; best of all is Kinsey Millhone—who's got brains and a sense of humor."
Third in Grafton's dashing trip through the alphabet ("A" is for Alibi, etc.) and probably her best so far. Read full book review >
'B' IS FOR BURGLAR by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 1985

"Unflagging suspense, a plot that convinces, crisp pacing, and characters that vibrate with life leave the reader anticipating the remainder of the alphabet."
A nifty second outing for feisty Kinsey Millhone, ex-cop, twice divorced California private eye ("A" Is for Alibi, 1982). Read full book review >
'A' IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 30, 1982

"Agreeable heroine (only her running is a bore), fine dialogue, a great eye for people and places—so we're looking forward to 'B' through 'Z,' especially if Grafton can tighten up her plotting."
A shakily plotted but otherwise terrific start for a new detective series—with Kinsey Millhone, twice-divorced California private eye, as the enormously engaging narrator. Read full book review >