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Sue Grafton addresses end of her ‘Alphabet Mysteries’ at Bee Book Club

Sue Grafton on completing her 'Alphabet Series': 'I look forward to the freedom'

Mystery author Sue Grafton spoke to the Sacramento Bee Book Club on March 17, 2016 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. She shared details about the two final installments of her popular “Alphabet Mysteries.” She started the series, starring P.I.
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Mystery author Sue Grafton spoke to the Sacramento Bee Book Club on March 17, 2016 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. She shared details about the two final installments of her popular “Alphabet Mysteries.” She started the series, starring P.I.

More than 400 fans filled the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria for mystery novelist Sue Grafton’s presentation Thursday night, where the author shared details about the two final installments of her popular “Alphabet Mysteries.”

The New York Times best-selling writer debuted her “Alphabet Mysteries” series in 1982 with “A Is For Alibi.” Her latest is “X” (Putnam, $29, 416 page), and she is currently at work on “Y.” The series stars P.I. Kinsey Millhone, a stubborn, independent investigator who lives in the fictitious California coastal town of Santa Teresa, modeled after Santa Barbara.

At one point on the stage, Grafton, 75, recalled her early years growing up in Louisville, Ky. “I was raised in the semi-South, where we were taught two things,” she told the audience. “Never call attention to yourself and never make anyone uncomfortable. But when I murder somebody (in my series), right there I’ve violated those two rules.”

On another topic, she said, “You’re going to ask me what I’m going to do with I finish ‘Z Is For Zero.’ The answer is, I’m going to party.”

One of the questions from the audience was, “Will Kinsey Millhone ever find true love?”

“I don’t make plans for her because she tells me what she’s going to do, I don’t tell her,” Grafton replied. “I just wait to see what she presents and then I try to render it as truthfully as I know how.”

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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