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Sue Grafton (1940–2017)

Autor(a) de A is for Alibi

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About the Author

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. Her first novel Keziah Dane was published in 1967. Her second novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, was published in 1969 and she adapted it into mostrar mais a screenplay. After that movie was released in 1973, she worked intermittently writing for television. A series she created, Nurse, ran for two seasons on CBS in the early 1980s. Her writing career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She also received the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She died from cancer on December 28, 2017 at the age of 77. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Sue Grafton

A is for Alibi (1982) 6,501 exemplares
B is for Burglar (1985) 4,456 exemplares
S is for Silence (2005) 4,185 exemplares
Q is for Quarry (2002) 4,183 exemplares
R is for Ricochet (2004) 4,031 exemplares
C is for Corpse (1986) 4,013 exemplares
P Is for Peril (2001) 3,931 exemplares
T is for Trespass (2007) 3,898 exemplares
M is for Malice (1996) 3,869 exemplares
O is for Outlaw (1999) 3,770 exemplares
N is for Noose (1998) 3,760 exemplares
D is for Deadbeat (1987) 3,738 exemplares
J Is for Judgment (1993) 3,731 exemplares
I is for Innocent (1992) 3,697 exemplares
K is for Killer (1994) 3,676 exemplares
L is for Lawless (1995) 3,625 exemplares
E Is for Evidence (1988) 3,587 exemplares
G is for Gumshoe (1990) — Autor — 3,573 exemplares
H is for Homicide (1991) 3,516 exemplares
F is for Fugitive (1989) 3,501 exemplares
U is for Undertow (2009) — Autor — 3,293 exemplares
V is for Vengeance (2011) 2,455 exemplares
W is for Wasted (2013) 2,045 exemplares
X (2015) 1,752 exemplares
Y is for Yesterday (2017) 1,420 exemplares
Kinsey and Me: Stories (2013) 635 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-C (1999) 460 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998 (1998) — Editor & Introduction — 174 exemplares
A is for Alibi / B is for Burglar (1993) 29 exemplares
M is for Malice / N is for Noose (1998) 23 exemplares
O is for Outlaw / P is for Peril (2000) 19 exemplares
Kinsey and Me Free Preview (2012) — Autor — 10 exemplares
Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery [1983 TV movie] (1983) — Screenwriter — 9 exemplares
Keziah Dane (1968) 9 exemplares
The Lolly-Madonna war (1969) 9 exemplares
N is for Noose / P is for Peril (2001) 8 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-E (1991) 8 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-J (2007) 5 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-O (2014) 4 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: P-T (2003) 4 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-V (1990) 4 exemplares
The Alphabet Mysteries: A-D (1990) 3 exemplares
Sue Grafton 3 exemplares
Spannend trio (1997) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
de homicidio 1 exemplar
Carl the Coward 1 exemplar
The Parker Shotgun 1 exemplar
Omnibus 1 exemplar
A - Z 1 exemplar
Come Killer 1 exemplar
Sue Grafton Boxset (2002) 1 exemplar
Z is for Zero 1 exemplar
The Lying Game 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit (1981) — Introdução, algumas edições452 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 444 exemplares
A Woman's Eye (1991) — Contribuidor — 269 exemplares
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares
In the Shadow of the Master: Classic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (2009) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
Sisters in Crime (1990) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Sisters in Crime 4 (1991) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Sisters in Crime 2 (1990) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contribuidor; Editor — 95 exemplares
The Best of Sisters in Crime (1997) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Lady on the Case: 22 Female Detective Stories (1988) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contribuidor — 76 exemplares
Ross Macdonald : A Biography (1999) — Introdução — 70 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
First Cases: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes (1996) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 1999 v01 #241 (1999) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Most Wanted (2002) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Great detective stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, Volume II (2010) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Writing Mystery and Crime Fiction (1985) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
First Cases [Unabridged Audiobook] (2002) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Detecting Women: New American Short Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Grafton, Sue Taylor
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Louisville, Kentucky, Verenigde Staten
Local de falecimento
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Santa Monica, California, USA
University of Louisville (1961 | BA | English Literature)
Western Kentucky State Teachers College
admission clerk
detective novelist
Grafton, C. W. (father)
Pi Beta Phi
Prémios e menções honrosas
Romantic Times Career Achievement Award (Female Sleuth ∙ 2004)
Cartier Diamond Dagger (2008)
Shamus Award (The Eye for Lifetime Achievement ∙ 2003)
MWA Grand Master (2009)
Christopher Award (1979)
Molly Friedrich (Aaron Priest Literary Agency)

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Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky April 24 1940; graduated University of Louisville, BA 1961 with a major in English Literature, minors in Humanities and Fine Arts.
She married to Steven F. Humphrey with three children from previous marriages: a daughter, Leslie; a son, Jay; a daughter, Jamie; and four granddaughters, Erin, age 21, Kinsey, age 13, Taylor, age 4, and Addison, age 2.



Kinsey is a private detective who occasionally does work for an insurance company who used to employ her fulltime. As Christmas approaches, she is getting morose - her usual support network has withdrawn, with landlord Henry off to see his family, the restaurant where she often eats closed for the season, and her boyfriend on a skiing trip with his family - it seems he is married. Being California, it is rather unseasonal as UK-based people like myself would view it, and Kinsey is finding it hard to get into the Christmas spirit.

To add to her irritations, she is notified of a deposit at the bank of 5,000 dollars which she was not expecting, and phones them to query it. They promise to look into it, but with Christmas looming it seems this will take a while. Then she is assigned what looks like a routine investigation of a fire at a warehouse, owned by a company where she knows the owning family - she was friends at high school with one of the daughters. But the file passed to her has been tampered with to remove references by the fire chief to possible arson, and before long she finds herself framed as an accomplice which would carry a heavy jail sentence.

I'd never read any of this series before and was surprised it was set in California. It was quite a nostalgic read - I gather it was first published in 1988 and there are references galore to manual typewriters, carbon paper, tape recorders and other technology of the period with not a mobile phone or the internet in sight. The only computer mentioned is of the mainframe variety requiring punched card operators.

It was also quite entertaining. The viewpoint character is a no-nonsense woman with a dry sense of humour. There's plenty of action in between the more mundane business of going from one place to another doing old style foot-slogging investigation including a bit of breaking and entering. Some rather shocking things happen, not least the dark turn the story takes which directly impacts on the solution of who is behind the frame and ultimately behind more than one murder. I'll avoid spoilers but those elements were probably especially shocking in the late 1980s when there was far less awareness of abusive relationships. Quite a bit of the character's own back story is revealed also, particularly in relation to her second marriage when her ex-husband Daniel turns up and provides her with more evidence of his unredeemed bad character.

Where the story falls down is in credibility in certain areas. A lot of the fake evidence is planted against Kinsey because she leaves her handbag in an office during her examination of the burned warehouse. Considering that a short while beforehand she had been suspicious of the company CEO whom she was interviewing, this seems rather foolhardy and a bit too convenient for the plot. Throughout the novel, people Kinsey phones or goes to see give her information quite readily which seems a bit unlikely: in the UK, the Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984 and release of information to enquirers was strictly limited, but maybe things were a bit more relaxed in the USA at that time. It does, however, make it easier for her to find out certain things and track down people to interview.

On balance, it was an entertaining page-turning read and I would rate it at 3 stars.
… (mais)
kitsune_reader | 60 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
A is for Alibi is the first book in Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series,
Kinsey Millhone a 32-year-old Private Investigator living in California. I have just started this series, but I really enjoyed this book. The mystery keeps pages turning as it fascinating, suspenseful and a real fast read. The character Kinsey is very independent, you feel as you now know her, and she is portrayed as somebody you do know. Nikki Fife has just been released from prison after doing 8 years for the murdering her husband, Laurence. Nikki wants Kinsey to find the person who really killed Laurence Kinsey begins to investigate and finds out about another murder committed only days after Laurence's that is extremely similar. The victim was the accountant for Laurence's law firm, Libby Glass, and she was killed using an identical method of poisoning. This trail is 8-years-old, and Kinsey knows it won't be easy to find the truth. Kinsey begins to put together a picture of the people involved and the circumstances that led up to Laurence's murder. But somebody is not too pleased with Kinsey investigating and unveiling facts that could lead to the true murderer. Kinsey gets herself into danger, and as she struggles to put the pieces together, someone is trying to stop… (mais)
Rini55 | 175 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Didn't enjoy this as much as the other books in this series, I found the flashbacks intrusive, they interrupted the flow of the story. Ending seemed rushed too.
mlfhlibrarian | 82 outras críticas | Nov 10, 2023 |
So this one hurt. Book 24 and only one left to go in a series I have been reading for over two decades and I couldn’t finish it.

I was put off from the very beginning. I could not get past the fact that Kinsey took a case that involved the covering up of a 14 year old girls rape. It felt wrong and out of character. Why would she help someone who deserved retribution. Every time it was mentioned I felt gross. I had to stop.

As per usual I do not give stars to books I do not finish. It wasn’t for me and I feel a low star rating should always be reserved for horrible writing. Having said that, I was close on this one. That was how put off I was.… (mais)
cdaley | 65 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |



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