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Mystery Writer Grafton Dies in California

FILE - Sue Grafton is pictured in New York, Oct. 15, 2002. The mystery writer has died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 77.

Mystery writer Sue Grafton has died in Santa Barbara, California. She was 77.

Her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted news of her mother's death on Grafton's web page Friday.

She says her mother passed away Thursday night after a two-year battle with cancer and was surrounded by family, including Grafton's husband, Steve.

Grafton was the author of the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series, in which each book title begins with a letter from the alphabet. The last was Y Is for Yesterday.

Her daughter concluded her posting by saying, "The alphabet now ends at Y.''