Best-selling crime novelist, Sue Grafton dies at 77 after battle with Cancer

Sue Grafton, the mystery writer who penned best-selling novels with alphabet-based titles, starting with “A Is for Alibi” and ending with “Y Is for Yesterday,” has died at the age of 77.

Her daughter, Jamie Clark confirmed in a social media post saying, “I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast.”

Grafton died at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, after battling cancer of the appendix.

Grafton started the alphabet novels in 1982, according to the author’s webpage. Her last alphabet mystery was published last August. “Z Is for Zero” was tentatively scheduled to come out in 2019.