Y is for Yesterday

Photo courtesy of Google Images
Laguna Woods, California
October 4, 2017 9:32pm CST
Since the time Sue Grafton began writing her Kinsey Milhone mystery series, I have been reading them ... beginning with "A is for Alibi," followed by "B is for Burglar," etc. I have followed the fictional character, Kinsey, and her private investigative practice for most of my adult life. I have read about her love affairs, the bombing of her apartment, her charming "too good to be true" landlord, and her near-death experiences. Now, the latest book in the series is "Y is for Yesterday." In this book, she investigates the secrets of a group of private school graduates who were involved in the murder of one of their classmates 10 years before. Now, the two young men who went to jail for the crime have served their time. One of them is being blackmailed and fears returning to jail. But who is the blackmailer? The "mastermind" behind their crime is still on the run. Will Kinsey be able to uncover their secrets ... while trying to stay one step ahead of a man who tried to kill her a few months before? With only "Z" left in this mystery series, I am already beginning to wonder how Sue Grafton will end the series. It will be a sad day when I have read the last volume. Sue Grafton is getting on in years. This book is dedicated to her five grandchildren. I wish the series would last the rest of my life because I have enjoyed it so much, but that is not likely to happen. Since it will be a couple of years before the last book is released, I'm starting to wonder what mystery novel I should read next. I used to love the Nevada Barr books. That series is written by a retired U.S. Park Ranger and I learned a great deal from the novels about our National Parks. Perhaps I'll see what else she has written. Any other suggestions for good mystery books?
10 people like this
10 responses
@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct
I didn't realise the author had made it up to 'Y'. I wonder if she wants the series to finish or if she would like to find a way to continue.
2 people like this
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Oct
@JudyEv - I read a few years ago that she had, at that time, already outlined the last books and would end the series with Z. I assume that is still her plan, although I will be sad when the series is over. I have been reading these books for decades!
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct
@DeborahDiane When you're on a good thing stick to it!
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
6 Oct
@JudyEv - I agree! This is a book series which I have really enjoyed and, obviously, the author really enjoyed writing!
1 person likes this
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Oct
wow I have read mostof her books love that ser ied need to get the last couple some way : I have read her novels for u years love her Kilnsey
2 people like this
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Oct
@Hatley - I'm glad you are also a fan of the Kinsey Milhone series. I hope you get a chance to read the last couple of books. I'm sure they are probably available through the OC Library.
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Oct
@DeborahDiane yes i shall really do some searchig
1 person likes this
• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct
I used to read and really enjoy the books set on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico written by Tony Hillerman. Great characters and stories. Hillerman is now deceased. An Orange County writer I discovered many years ago is named T. Jefferson Parker. He has written many good books set in the OC area. Little Saigon was one of my favorites and Laguna Heat too. Some are set in Newport Beach. Anne has read several now too and likes them a lot. Lots are available in used book or thrift stores too.
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Oct
@JamesHxstatic - Thanks for these tips. My husband and I used to also enjoy the Tony Hillerman books, although it has probably been six or seven years since I read one. I have not heard of T. Jefferson Parker. I will have to check out his books. It might be fun to read books which are set in this area!
1 person likes this
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Oct
wow I lilv ein the Littler Saigo n area here in ?Garden grove so that would m ake me really interested in this books wow
2 people like this
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Oct
@DeborahDiane Parker has developed several characters he writes about, both men and women. Anne has read many of the later ones now and I ordered Little Saigon and Laguna Heat for her from AbeBooks.
1 person likes this
@just4him (109615)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Oct
I haven't heard of her or the series. I'm glad you enjoyed it and sorry it's about to come to an end. I'm typically not a mystery reader, so I have no suggestions for you.
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Oct
@just4him - Well, I'll have to find another series I enjoyed. Did you ever read the "Left Behind" series? It was about the Rapture and the End of the World. It was another interesting series!
1 person likes this
@just4him (109615)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Oct
@DeborahDiane I've read it twice and some of the books three times. I have the entire series.
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
8 Oct
@just4him - It was a good series of books!
1 person likes this
@snowy22315 (43769)
• United States
5 Oct
I read one or two of the Nevada Barr books. What about Janet Evanovich?
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Oct
@snowy22315 - I'm glad you also like the Nevada Barr books. The name Janet Evanovich sounds familiar, so I must have read some of her books. I just can't think of the names of any of them at the moment. Thanks for the suggestion.
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Oct
love Evamovilch books they are just woderful
2 people like this
• Laguna Woods, California
6 Oct
@Hatley - Great! I'm glad I wrote this post because I got lots of new ideas for books to read.
1 person likes this
@BelleStarr (36918)
• Portland, Connecticut
10 Oct
Sorry, I am not a mystery reader I am more of a history reader.
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
10 Oct
@BelleStarr - I enjoy a lot of historical fiction, too. It is fascinating!
1 person likes this
@MarymargII (9365)
• Toronto, Ontario
10 Oct
OMG I love Sue Grafton! I have just finished V is for Vengeance and have also read all her books! How sad and I hope she gets Kinsey to solve a few more mysteries after 'Z'. She could always get dear Kinsey to marry and still work as a Private Detective. Great writing and so glad you as do many others love her too!
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
10 Oct
@Marymargll - You are a girl after my own heart. I hope she gets Kinsey to marry, too! LOL
@sol_cee (14333)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
10 Oct
What about S? What does it stand for?
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
10 Oct
@sol_cee - That book was called "S is For Silence." I wonder what the title of her Z book will be? I'll have to wait a year or two to find out, I'm afraid!
• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct
Walter Moseley is an award winning black novelist who writes about some interesting characters, one called "Easy" Rawlins is WWII vet. His are set in LA, sort of the Watts area, a different perspective. Check him out on Amazon.
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
7 Oct
@JamesHxstatic - Thanks for the suggestions you have made. I get the impression that you and Anne are very well-read!
@kepweng (10774)
5 Oct
dan brown angel and devil hope you see it
1 person likes this
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Oct
@kepweng - Dan Brown's books are wonderful! Yes, he is another good author for me to try out.