Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - The author known for her masterful books of mystery starting each with a letter of the alphabet has died.

Sue Grafton died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. WHAS11 spoke to the author in August in Hopkinsville at the solar eclipse.

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I even had the wonderful opportunity to work with Grafton on a book signing and reading at a Louisville book store several years ago.

Grafton's Hometown Hero Banner was dedicated in 2016. The 27' x 40' banner is facing the east wall of the S. Springhill Suites/Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 132 E. Jefferson Street.

The Louisville native went to Atherton High School and later went on to graduate from the University of Louisville.

Grafton's novels have been published in 28 countries and in 26 languages.

Sue Grafton was 77. Stay with The411 and WHAS11 News for additional reports.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer just posted this statement on his social media page:

"The world has lost a great talent and prolific author in Sue Grafton — and in Louisville we have lost a citizen, friend, neighbor, a master gardener and hometown hero. Her legacy will live on through her words, which will entertain and thrill readers for generations to come."

If you have a story you would like to share about Sue Grafton send it to me at The411@whas11.com. Follow me on Twitter @sherlenemediapr and Facebook @SherleneShanklin

Message from viewer(s):

I went to a book signing of “O” at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale Arizona in October 1999 a few months before my wedding. I had Ms. Grafton sign my book to both my future husband and I — she was so sweet. She asked me about if I'd been married before and offered some personal experience with the second go around. :) I'll always love her wonderful books and remember a nice little interaction with her. I'm so sorry she's gone!

Vicki Meadows

Scottsdale Arizona

Sorry on your sad loss.


My favorite author of all time. I am so sad to hear of her passing. I got to meet her in Oregon at Powell's bookstore a few years ago. I was very nervous and she was awesome. She took her time, signed our books, took pictures with us.

I saw Ms Grafton in Toledo and it's was wonderful. Very sad news. I love her books.

Toledo, Ohio

While I do not have a story to tell about Sue Grafton, I can say that I have read all of her books. Because of her, I have been addicted to spy/mystery novels ever since. I was again saddened by the cancer death of Vince Flynn, another favorite spy/mystery writer.

To her daughter and family, I say….she enriched my life - I escaped into her novels and loved her for all of them.

May she rest in peace…

Penny Boehm, La Quinta, California

One of the most popular series in our library (Fairview Community Library, Fairview, Mo). She will be missed. Dean Gentry

Met Sue and family while working for a local company. She was so sweet to talk to. We kept in touch after I left that company. Would always sign my books when I saw her and would sometimes sign my books before starting her official signing. Always looked forward to seeing her and the family.

Robert J. Robinson