I was shocked to hear Sue Grafton passed away. Somehow, after seeing the march of books on the shelf, writers seem immortal until they aren’t.
I read Sue Grafton’s first book A is for Alibi after three books gave her visibility. It was the 1980s and one of several writers emerging who wrote about women characters in non-traditional roles.
I grew up reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, and Kim Aldrich. And then I got to the adult books and there wasn’t much of anything similar with women. It was really frustrating! I wanted to read about women having adventures, too!
Sue Grafton’s detective, Kinsey Milhone, was kind of a misfit private investigator, and a loner. She also lived in California (yay! Where I lived!), in the fictional city of Santa Teresa. My father never understood that. He’s always said, “Why doesn’t she just call it Santa Barbara?”.
I liked the character and the way she saw the world. Sometimes that’s all it takes to grab a reader.
I’ll miss Kinsey’s adventures.