Sue Grafton Dies; Beloved Mystery Writer Was 77

For millions of readers, the alphabet now ends with “y.”

Perhaps that’s a fitting tribute to a woman who devoted her life to entertaining the masses with perplexing mysteries. 

Sue Grafton, the author best known for the Kinsey Milhone “alphabet mysteries” has passed away at the age of 77.

She had reportedly been battling cancer.

Grafton came to readers’ attention in 1982 with the first Milhone book, A Is for Alibi.

It took her five years to write the book, and sales were sluggish at first.

Grafton didn’t publish the second book in the series until, B Is for Burglar until 1985.

Shortly after the book hit stores, a glowing review in Newsweek forever altered the course of Grafton’s life and career:

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“It just undid me,” the author said in an interview.

“‘Gosh, someone’s paying attention.’ Then I started doing a book a year.”

Yes, from 1985 on, Grafton has published a new Milhone mystery every single year.

Her latest, Y is for Yesterday was released in August of this year.

In one of her final interviews, Grafton stated that she was looking forward to completing the series:

“I think it will be interesting to have a day and a week and a month and a year that isn’t already spoken for,” she said.

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“The last, actually, 38 years, I’ve known exactly what I’m doing next. And this is a little moment of freedom – if I can come up with a storyline for Z is for Zero, which remains to be seen.”

Sadly, readers will never find out what Grafton had in store for the series’ conclusion.

Her loved ones say the author abhorred the ideas of ghostwriters and adaptations, and they’ll honor her wishes to be the only one at the helm of the Milhone series.

News of Grafton’s passing was made public today, via a loving tribute posted on social media by her daughter Jamie:

“I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve,” the post reads.

“Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. 

“Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name.

“Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”

Tributes from tens of thousands of readers have made Grafton one of day’s top trending topics on Twitter.


Javi Marroquin Gets Lap Dance From Mystery Woman on Marriage Boot Camp

If you’ve ever seen the exercise in public humiliation and degradation known as Marriage Boot Camp, then you know that the show puts its troubled spouses through all manner of stunts and experiments in the name of therapy.

Obviously, the therapeutic benefits of these tasks are highly dubious, but there’s not question about their entertainment value!

This is a lesson that Kailyn Lowry and Javi Marroquin seem to have learned the hard way during their time on the show.

Now, the Teen Mom 2 stars are already divorced, and thus, don’t have a marriage to save, but they went on Marriage Boot Camp in order to develop a more amicable co-parenting relationship.

And yes, that’s just a fancy way of saying they did it for money.

Anyway, the hosts and producers haven’t gone easy on Javi and Kailyn simpy becaause they’re obviously only there for the paycheck.

Far from it, in fact, as the folks behind the scenes seem to be reveling in putting Lowry and Marroquin through the wringer.

Thus far, we’ve seen Javi placed on “life support” so that Kailyn could experience what it would be like to stand next to her ex’s freaking deathbed.

We’ve seen Javi and Kail attack one another’s character in brutal fights that made us briefly forget they’re no longer married.

We even saw them both admit to infidelity (sort of) in some sort of high-stakes game of marital truth or dare.

If you’ve been enjoying the ongoing debasement of these famous exes, then last night’s episode of MBC certainly didn’t disappoint.

In an experiment based on the idea of a “hall pass” granting one temporary freedom from monogamy, the men were sent out on the town and encouraged to engage in bad behavior.

Just like in real therapy!

For Javi this meant receiving a lap dance from a random woman, and then giving her a lap dance in return, because apparently Javi is a little unclear on the concept of lap dances.

“The women would not be happy if they see what we’re doing tonight,” told the cameras.

“I feel bad because I do have feelings for Kail still, so I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing.”

Of course, he and Kailyn are not in a sexual relationship, so the experiment was kind of pointless, but on the bright side, it may have landed Javi in a world of sh-t, anyway!

Marroquin is currently dating Briana DeJesus, who’s not exactly known for her level-headed demeanor.

No doubt Javi explained that the show was shot several months before he started dating Briana–but something tells us he still spent last night on the couch.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive Javi and Kailyn’s tumultuous relationship.


Kendra Wilkinson: Hospitalized Over Mystery Illness!

Did you remember that Kendra Wilkinson does theater now? Well, it’s a show in Vegas.

Except that they had to cancel the show after Kendra Wilkinson had to be rushed to the hospital over mystery pains.

And, as far as we know, doctors still don’t know what’s wrong.

Now, this isn’t the first time that Kendra Wilkinson has had to take a trip to the hospital during her time in Vegas.

Previously, the reality star had to go to the hospital because, well, she’s really bad at handjobs.

Okay, that’s a little joke at her expense … but she really did go to the hospital because of motioning too hard while miming a handjob on stage.

See, Kendra is currently acting in Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man.

(Which is a play, and we continue to be devastated that this isn’t a reality series featuring various Real Housewives and other TV personalities getting tutored on sex)

The show’s audience and Kendra’s fans were both crushed to hear the bad news that Kendra shared.

And, after Kendra sent an update, became worried.

On Saturday, Kendra tweeted the bad news to her fans.

“Super sick. Going to have to cancel the late show tonight. My heart couldn’t cancel both. Sorry late show.”

Well apparently she had a change of heart (sorry about the groanworthy pun) because she followed it up with this tweet:

“Sooooo sorry guys gotta cancel both shows tonight. Going to ER. Hurtin bad. I’ll make it up to you.”

And while Kendra has spoken extensively about missing Hank Baskett and being a “horny motherf—er,” there’s probably more to this than Kendra experiencing a case of “blue tubes.”

And it actually might be really serious.

The very next day, on Sunday, Kendra posted an update that we suppose was meant to be reassuring.

“Better today n will be back on stage tonight. The pain n aches were so bad last night.”

That’s good news for fans … but what went wrong?

If you ask Kendra, it’s all no big deal.

“Nothing serious they found but on antibiotics n pain meds today. Thanks for your concern everyone. Love you.”

Now, some doctors prescribe antibiotics for specific causes, but others will prescribe a round of them if they don’t know what the cause could be and hope to just nip any potential infection in the bud before it’s discovered.

But Kendra describes stomach pain, and that could be one of any number of organs.

A lot of things can cause pain in that part of the body … including a number of types of cancer.

It’s not clear from Kendra’s tweets if doctors actually figured out why she was in such agonizing pain that she had to cancel two shows and head to the ER.

Maybe they did. It may have been something that she found embarrassing and didn’t want to share.

Or maybe they didn’t. Maybe they’re waiting for lab results to come back.

Whatever this is — and maybe it’s just a simple infection that can be cured in a few days — we hope that Kendra isn’t pushing herself to go back on stage again too soon.