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SpouseSteve Humphrey
FactBiography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 176-181. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Sue Grafton is an American author of detective novels. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone. The series has reached the letter “Y”, with Grafton’s most recent novel being “Y Is for Yesterday”.

Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. Her father was an attorney and her mother was a homemaker. She has two older sisters. Grafton attended public schools in Louisville and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.

After college, Grafton moved to Southern California with her first husband, Steven Humphrey. The marriage ended in divorce after five years. Grafton then began working as a screenwriter for television. She wrote for such shows as “The FBI”, “The Love Boat”, and “Murder, She Wrote”.

In 1982, Grafton’s first novel, “A Is for Alibi”, was published. The book was an instant success and launched her career as a mystery writer. The book also introduced readers to Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator based in Santa Teresa, California (a fictional stand-in for Santa Barbara).

Grafton’s subsequent novels in the series have all been bestsellers, and the series has been praised for its strong female protagonist and clever plotting. In addition to the alphabet series, Grafton has also written three non-series novels, “The Lolly-Madonna War”, “Keziah Dane”, and “Milkweed”.

Grafton has been married three times. Her second husband was author and screenwriter William Grafton, with whom she had two children. Her third husband is Jerry Bick, an entrepreneur and former film producer.

Grafton currently resides in Montecito, California.

General Info

Full NameSue Grafton
ProfessionAuthor, Screenwriter, Novelist
EducationUniversity of Louisville


SpouseSteve Humphrey
ChildrenLeslie Flood, Jamie Schmidt, Jay Schmidt
ParentsC. W. Grafton, Vivian Harnsberger
SiblingsAnn Grafton


AwardsCartier Diamond Dagger, Edgar Grand Master Award, Ross Macdonald Literary Award, Anthony Award for Best Novel, Shamus Award for Best P. I. Hardcover Novel, Anthony Award for Best Short Story, Macavity Awards for Best Short Story
NominationsEdgar Award for Best Short Story, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction, Edgar Awards for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay, Shamus Award for Best P. I. Short Story
MoviesSparkling Cyanide, A Caribbean Mystery, Lolly-Madonna XXX

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1Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 176-181. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
2Daughter of attorney-mystery writer C.W. Grafton.
3Best known for the Kinsey Millhone series of detective novels with their alphabetical titles (e.g., A Is for Alibi).



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Nominated Awards

1986EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Television Feature or MiniseriesLove on the Run (1985)

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