Books Sue Grafton Books by Sue Grafton Sue Grafton has written books about: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Sue Grafton The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a Spanish-Moorish landmark, was built in 1929. Anna Fox (harshlight)/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Anna Fox (harshlight)/Flickr Crime In The City In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara August 15, 2013 Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is one of the most well-known characters in modern crime fiction, but there's another star in Sue Grafton's thrillers: the fictional city of Santa Teresa, based on Santa Barbara, Calif. In 'Alphabet' Mysteries, 'S' Is Really For Santa Barbara Listen · 7:20 7:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/211655263/212201066" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Best Books Of 2009 The Year's Most Mesmerizing Mysteries December 11, 2009 Holiday season have you feeling a touch homicidal? Critic Maureen Corrigan offers a selection of sleuth stories and hard-boiled whodunits to satisfy all your deepest literary desires. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'U Is For Undertow' December 11, 2009 Private investigator Kinsey Millhone searches for missing people and missing memories after a college drop-out contacts her for help finding a grave he swears he discovered at the age of 6 in the newest alphabetical mystery from Sue Grafton.