Did you know that Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author died she was 77?
Grafton’s “B” Is for Burglar and “C” Is for Corpse won the first two Anthony Awards for Best Novel (1986 & 1987), which are selected by the attendees of the annual Bouchercon Convention, ever awarded. She has won the Anthony Best Novel Award once more (1991 for “G” Is for Gumshoe) and has been the recipient of three Shamus Awards. Additionally in 1987 Grafton’s short story, “The Parker Shotgun”, won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story.
On June 13, 2000, Sue Grafton was the recipient of the 2000 YWCA of
Lexington Smith-Breckinridge Distinguished Woman of Achievement Award.
In 2004, she received the Ross Macdonald Literary Award,
which is given to “a California writer whose work raises the standard
of literary excellence.” In 2008, Grafton was awarded the Cartier Dagger by the British Crime Writers’ Association, honoring a lifetime’s achievement in the field. Grafton received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2009. In 2013, she was presented Bouchercon‘s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2014, she was a Guest of Honor at Left Coast Crime. She was also nominated for a 2014 Shamus Award in the category of Best Hardcover Novel, which she had won three times previously.
She married her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, in 1978. They lived in Santa Barbara, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, as Humphrey taught at universities in both cities. In 2000, the couple bought and later restored Lincliff, a 28-acre (11 ha) Louisville estate once owned by hardware baron William Richardson Belknap.
Grafton died on December 28, 2017, after a two-year battle with cancer.
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