Y is for Yesterday

July 27, 2019 - Y is for Yesterday (Sue Grafton). The author's death in late December 2017 guaranteed that her "alphabet series" will end one letter short. While I (still) wish Grafton's family would let someone write the Z novel, Y is for Yesterday ties up some loose ends and does not start any new threads that will leave us in limbo forever.

Six months have passed since the end of the previous book. It's now September 1989, but private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself drawn into a case rooted in 1979. She's hired by the wealthy parents of a young man, Fritz McCabe, who served time in Juvenile Detention for murdering a high school classmate back then. Fritz has recently been released and moved back home. Now he's being blackmailed over a videotape of a sexual assault. That tape was at the center of the events that led to the murder of Sloan Stevens. In order to track down the blackmailer, Kinsey must talk with Fitz and his circle of friends and find out what really happened all those years ago.

At the same time, Kinsey must watch her back. Suspected serial killer, Ned Lowe, who surfaced in the previous book, is still out there. He has unfinished business involving his exes and Kinsey. If she's not careful, Kinsey could end up as Ned's latest victim.

As for the main plot involving the 1979 murder, I really didn't care about any of the characters. The most likeable one, to be honest, was the dead girl, which kind of made me mad that she was dead and not one of the others. Still, I'm sad to see this series come to an unfinished end. I wish the family would relent and let someone write the Z novel so Kinsey can have the ending she deserves. Having said that, as previously noted, this book doesn't leave any real cliffhangers for Kinsey that will keep fans like me up at night.

Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer D. Wade