The mystery novels of Sue Grafton are categorized as private investigator mysteries, featuring a strong, female protagonist, with on-going plot developments over the course of the series of books. The series began with A is for Alibi in 1982, and the continuity of the relationships and events in the novels has progressed in a compressed period of time — in other words, although the events of the first book were set in 1982, by the time of the later books in the “alphabet” series, which have been published in the 2010s, the events are still set back in the 1990s.
Sue Grafton passed away in 2017, having reached only “Y” in her Kinsey Millhone series — and in a statement to verify that there would never be a ghost-written “Z” entry, Grafton’s family specified “as far as we’re concerned, the alphabet now ends at ‘Y'”.
The authors listed below write works in a similar style. The author names are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of their titles in print or audio formats.
K. K. Beck
Carol Lea Benjamin
Carol Higgins Clark
Marne Davis Kellogg
Sandra West Prowell
Judith Van Gieson