Hereâs a look at whatâs new on USA TODAYâs Best-Selling Books listâ¦
‘Y’ ask why?: Sue Grafton’s multitude of fans know the end is near. And theyâve shot the penultimate book in the author’s popular Alphabet Mystery series, Y Is for Yesterday, to No. 1 this week.
This is the third P.I. Kinsey Millhone book in a row to make its debut in the top spot. (The full list will be published on Thursday.) W Is for Wasted landed at No. 1 on Sept. 19, 2013, while X did the same on Sept. 3, 2015.
The series, set in fictional Santa Teresa, Calif., kicked off in 1982 with A Is for Alibi. The first Grafton mystery to hit No. 1 was L Is for Lawless in 1995. (USA TODAYâs best-seller list began in fall 1993.) The only other Alphabet title to top the listÂ was Q Is for Quarry in 2002.
In Y Is for Yesterday, released Aug. 22, Millhone is called into a case involving the murder of a girl at an elite private school. Booklist called the novelÂ âmasterfulâ¦prime Grafton.â
Grafton has made aÂ game teasing out whichÂ word sheâll choose to go with each letter in each new title. With X, she changed things up and went with plain old X.
But the 77-year-old writer long ago looked into the future and revealed the title for the very last Alphabet mystery, No. 26, which will be called Z Is for Zero and hit storesÂ in fall 2019.
Here’s Grafton’s answer,Â postedÂ on her web site: âMany of you are asking (some quite plaintively) what I intend to do when I get to âthe endâ of the alphabet. Iâve been consistent in my response which is âno clue.â I want to see what kind of shape Iâm in mentally and physically. I donât want to keep on writing if the juice is gone. These novels about Ms. Millhone take incredible focus, ingenuity, energy, and imagination. If I have the wherewithal, I may…