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April 8, 1990
I enjoyed Ellen Hawkes' article on Sue Grafton ("G Is for Grafton," Feb. 18). I thought Grafton's (Millhone's) comment about devout Christians was a gross generalization. Of course, anyone can make generalizations. Here's one I like: Being with Sue Grafton is like being with a silly, willful child. ED SCHAEFER, Tustin
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November 23, 2011
V is for Vengeance Sue Grafton A Marion Wood book/G.P. Putnam's Sons: 437 pp., $27.95
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July 11, 2004 | Dick Lochte, Dick Lochte is the coauthor, with Christopher Darden, of the legal thriller "Lawless."
Fans of Sue Grafton who try to guess future alphabet-influenced titles of her novels featuring private detective Kinsey Millhone probably missed the boat on No. 18, "R Is for Ricochet." Even after reading it, one may wonder why the author selected that particular "R" word, since neither guns nor bullets are featured prominently. "This is a story about romance -- love gone right, love gone wrong, and matters somewhere in between," narrator Millhone tells us upfront.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Sue Grafton, author of the alphabetically themed mystery series starring the snappy female detective Kinsey Millhone and a town very much like 1980s Santa Barbara, has long been adamant that her books and her character would never make it to the Hollywood screen. She even told her children that she would haunt them like a malevolent ghost if they were to sell the rights after her death. It certainly hasn't kept her heroine from the kind of fame that is usually only achieved by being the main character in a blockbuster film.
BOOKS
May 10, 1992 | Dick Lochte, Lochte's novel "Blue Bayou" will be published in July by Simon & Schuster.
When Sue Grafton made her debut as a mystery novelist in 1982 with " 'A' Is For Alibi," her sleuth-narrator introduced herself as follows: "My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator, licensed by the state of California. I'm thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011
V is for Vengeance Sue Grafton A Marion Wood book/G.P. Putnam's Sons: 437 pp., $27.95
NEWS
January 11, 1998 | TRACY JOHNSON
For the die-hard Sue Grafton fan who finished reading "M Is for Malice" eons ago and is beginning to think that "N Is for No More Books" because the alphabet queen didn't come out with a new novel this year, it may be of some comfort to know that "N is for Not Yet." An editor for the best-selling writer of the alphabetized series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone, says Grafton is plugging away at "N is for Noose." The upcoming book is scheduled to hit stores May 5--Millhone's birthday.
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May 23, 1991 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You won't find Santa Teresa on a map of Southern California, but any reader of Sue Grafton's popular series of books featuring fiercely independent female private detective Kinsey Millhone can tell you where it is. It's a beachside town just north of Ventura County, with a university campus nearby, several luxury hotels, and the main drag is called State Street. Indeed, "Santa Teresa" sounds a lot like Santa Barbara.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2007 | Dick Lochte, Special to The Times
It's been two years since Sue Grafton's last alphabet mystery -- "S is for Silence" -- and, judging by her newest, the vacation has invigorated both her and her series star, Kinsey Millhone. The latter, as mystery lovers know, is a street-smart private detective plying her perilous trade in Santa Teresa, a California coastal city bearing more than a coincidental similarity to the Santa Barbara area, where the author resides.
NEWS
April 8, 1993 | FRANCES HALPERN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"J Is for Judgment" is Sue Grafton's 10th book in the Kinsey Milhone alphabet mystery series and a sure bet to hit the bestseller lists. Grafton, a Santa Barbara resident, has achieved national recognition as an author, enjoys the dedication of mystery fan/tourists who often run up and down the beaches of Santa Barbara hoping to encounter her while out jogging. Her spirited, crime-solving heroine began life in "A Is For Alibi."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2009 | By Sarah Weinman
In 1982, reviewing Sue Grafton's first private detective novel, "A Is for Alibi," the pseudonymous New York Times crime fiction critic Newgate Callendar wondered, "Will the series take hold? This first book is competent enough, but not particularly original." Twenty-seven years on, Callendar's dismissive attitude toward the book -- and its tough-minded thirtysomething heroine Kinsey Millhone -- demonstrates the dangers of prognostication and how instantaneous judgments don't age well. Grafton's alphabet-titled series not only took hold, but the books are also available in 28 countries (and 26 languages)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2007 | Dick Lochte, Special to The Times
It's been two years since Sue Grafton's last alphabet mystery -- "S is for Silence" -- and, judging by her newest, the vacation has invigorated both her and her series star, Kinsey Millhone. The latter, as mystery lovers know, is a street-smart private detective plying her perilous trade in Santa Teresa, a California coastal city bearing more than a coincidental similarity to the Santa Barbara area, where the author resides.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2005 | Dick Lochte, Special to The Times
Using fingers and toes and a passable knowledge of the alphabet, it's not difficult to conclude that "S is for Silence" is Sue Grafton's 19th novel to feature her redoubtable but credibly flawed, plain-talking private detective Kinsey Millhone. Even if that doesn't put the character in the same bookshelf-crowding company as such fictional workaholics as the late Ed McBain's 87th Precinct cops or Robert B. Parker's Spenser, it's still a notable run.
BOOKS
July 11, 2004 | Dick Lochte, Dick Lochte is the coauthor, with Christopher Darden, of the legal thriller "Lawless."
Fans of Sue Grafton who try to guess future alphabet-influenced titles of her novels featuring private detective Kinsey Millhone probably missed the boat on No. 18, "R Is for Ricochet." Even after reading it, one may wonder why the author selected that particular "R" word, since neither guns nor bullets are featured prominently. "This is a story about romance -- love gone right, love gone wrong, and matters somewhere in between," narrator Millhone tells us upfront.
BOOKS
October 20, 2002 | Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
"Q is for Quarry," Sue Grafton's 17th Santa Teresa caper, begins at Grayson Quarry beside Highway 1 near Lompoc, just north of Santa Teresa, where the corpse of an unknown girl is found in the summer of 1969. The Jane Doe and her killer remain unidentified and the mystery unsolved until a lifetime later when the two police detectives who failed to crack the case get back on the trail. They are both retired and afflicted with the ills of age; reopening the case provides an interest.
NEWS
April 3, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen down and 11 books to go. For Sue Grafton, it's a good thing there are only 26 letters in the alphabet. Since "A Is for Alibi" was published in 1982, Grafton has been working her way to Z, chronicling the adventures of Kinsey Millhone, a tough, unpretentious private detective who pays her disability insurance even before her rent.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Sue Grafton, author of the alphabetically themed mystery series starring the snappy female detective Kinsey Millhone and a town very much like 1980s Santa Barbara, has long been adamant that her books and her character would never make it to the Hollywood screen. She even told her children that she would haunt them like a malevolent ghost if they were to sell the rights after her death. It certainly hasn't kept her heroine from the kind of fame that is usually only achieved by being the main character in a blockbuster film.
MAGAZINE
February 18, 1990 | ELLEN HAWKES, Ellen Hawkes is the author of "Feminism on Trial" and co-author of the mystery "The Shadow of the Moth."
Sue Grafton's homicidal urges surfaced in the middle of a bitter, six-year custody battle with an ex-husband. "I was so furious at him that I lay awake at night fantasizing how I could finish him off," she recalls. "Then I had the brilliant idea of using oleander as a poison," she continues, settling into a comfortable chair in her sunny Santa Barbara living room. "Why oleander?
BOOKS
October 31, 1999 | EUGEN WEBER, Eugen Weber is the author, most recently, of "Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults, and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages."
All the world's the same, only parts of it are different; and one of the world's most different parts is Southern California, which features so largely in Sue Grafton's alphabet series. Fifteenth of that ilk, "O Is For Outlaw" demonstrates that, for PIs as for venison, ripeness is all. The gossamer-tough figure of Kinsey Millhone gets better every time; and the distance between L.A.
NEWS
January 11, 1998 | TRACY JOHNSON
For the die-hard Sue Grafton fan who finished reading "M Is for Malice" eons ago and is beginning to think that "N Is for No More Books" because the alphabet queen didn't come out with a new novel this year, it may be of some comfort to know that "N is for Not Yet." An editor for the best-selling writer of the alphabetized series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone, says Grafton is plugging away at "N is for Noose." The upcoming book is scheduled to hit stores May 5--Millhone's birthday.
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