Books Sue Grafton Books by Sue Grafton Sue Grafton has written books about: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Sue Grafton Mystery writer Sue Grafton (pictured here in 2002) died Dec. 28, 2017. Her most recent novel was Y is for Yesterday. Gino Domenico/AP hide caption toggle caption Gino Domenico/AP The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre Fresh Air January 2, 2018 Grafton revolutionized what had become fossilized formula fiction. She tossed out the genre's sexist, racist and nativist clichés and helped make the detective novel matter again. A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre Listen · 13:05 13:05 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/575068781/575127358" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript 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.