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Y is for Yesterday

(Kinsey Millhone #25)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  29,159 ratings  ·  3,538 reviews
The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy tu ...more
Hardcover, 483 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Marian Wood Books/Putnam
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Mr.B Although there will be no final novel in the series, Grafton had chosen a title for the final book and was researching it before she passed: Z Is for …moreAlthough there will be no final novel in the series, Grafton had chosen a title for the final book and was researching it before she passed: Z Is for Zero. Inasmuch as the last volume will remain unwritten, I think the chosen title is quite fitting!

R.I.P., Sue Grafton. Thank you for many years of enjoyment from your work.(less)
Deborah D. Not really, but to appreciate the personal challenges and growth of both Kinsey and some of the supporting characters through A through Y.

I agree with…more
Not really, but to appreciate the personal challenges and growth of both Kinsey and some of the supporting characters through A through Y.

I agree with Alasandra A. At least read X to really experience the creepy villain Ned. (less)

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Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017, american
**Update, December 2017** The alphabet sadly ends at Y, with the news of much beloved writer Sue Grafton's death, after a 2 year battle with cancer. A loss for her family and her many, many devoted readers.

This, the penultimate book in Sue Grafton's series, reminds us that the 'respectfully submitted' tales of Kinsey Millhone's 1980's adventures, have almost reached their alphabetic conclusion.

Reading Kinsey is a guilty pleasure, a visit with an old friend. "Y", a particularly dark instalment in
Susan Johnson
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I only gave this three stars out of respect for my long time relationship with Kinsey. I have been reading her books for a hundred years now since "B is for Burglar". We have a long and rich relationship and this book was a disappointment. There is no other word for it. It was a let down. There were so many discrepancies and errors that it's hard to believe a book editor even glanced through the manuscript.

Where to start? Well, the characters were a washed out version of themselves. Kinsey is h
James Thane
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the publication of "A" Is for Alibi in 1982, Sue Grafton introduced Kinsey Millhone, a private detective who lived and worked in the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California. The book was a revelation at a time when most medium- to hard-boiled detective fiction was still being written by men and when the protagonists of virtually all such novels were almost always men. Grafton and Millhone were a breath of fresh air and helped transform the genre. Now, thirty-five years and twenty-four en ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is bittersweet to draft this final review for the 25th book in the Kinsey Millhone / Alphabet series written by Sue Grafton, who passed away in December 2017 shortly after publishing this book, Y is for Yesterday. Unfortunately, there will be no final 26th book, as the author told her family before her death that she didn't want anyone to ghost write the final one if she passed on... which I respect. After ~30 years of entertaining readers, this dynamic and wonderful woman deserves tons of pr ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It all started with “A is for Alibi” and Kinsey Millhone (our PI heroine) was 30. The year was 1982, and she was a refreshing addition to the male dominated P.I. genre. I enjoyably read the series up to “L is for Lawless” when I lost interest in the family drama that had become most of the books plots at this point. I also discovered Marcia Muller.

Now that “Y is for Yesterday” became a 2018 Shamus award nominee it has compelled me to jump back into Kinsey’s world, in the deep end of the pool. Th
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sorry, but when you wait two years for a book it should be pure perfection. Sadly this was far from it.

Clearly the author is out of touch with the 80s.

1) the teenage characters all sound like 30 yos. You can have one be so introspective, but not all of them.

2) Personal computers and car phones were a thing by 1989, especially the wealthy. While the author might try to ignore technology, she can't. At least not in this book. It's conceivable that Kinsey doesn't have these things, but honestly we
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
My wife and I have been reading Sue Grafton's alphabet series for 25 years and have enjoyed every one, some more than others. This is her last book and there will be no Z, since she has passed.
The book opens in 1979, with high school students Iris and Poppy, who are friends. Poppy is having a hard time making her grades and Iris helps her by stealing test answers. This cheating is exposed by an anonymous note. Fingers are pointed at Sloan Stevens as the tattletale and she is shunned by c
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery

I started this series on February 28th - 64 days ago. Ah, but how I've changed. After reading 25 books of endless rambling about inconsequential things, I feel that I qualify for sainthood. Someone, get on that, will ya?

Sure, saints are supposed to be all good and pure, and maybe they don't usually cuss like sailors and drink like fish, but I think the Almighty will make an exception for me in this case. When I hit those pearly gates and Saint Peter asks why I deserve to get in, I'll j
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it

In this 25th book in the 'Kinsey Milhone' series, the private investigator looks into the ramifications of a school cheating scandal. The book can be read as a standalone, but knowing the characters is beneficial.


Private detective Kinsey Milhone is hired to deal with blackmail stemming from turmoil at Climping Academy - an expensive prep school in Santa Teresa, California.

Ten years ago, in 1979, a Climping freshman named Iris Lehmann stole a standardized test to help some upper class frien
Katie B
I almost didn't want to read this one knowing it ultimately ended up being the last book in the series because I wasn't ready for Kinsey's story to be over. I was a little late in discovering the series having only started about 5 years ago but these books very quickly became my comfort reading when life was stressful. I rarely reread books but I probably will revisit these books when I need a Kinsey Millhone fix.

So Y was not my favorite in the series. Something just felt off. The plot involved
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
I just broke my own rules and jumped ahead to the end of the series just because I needed a Y book for a challenge. It does not really matter since Kinsey never changes all the way from A -Y. It is sad there will never be a Z.

I enjoyed Y is for Yesterday. I thought the story was good and I liked the introduction of all the young characters who were involved in the murder. I was very glad that there was a satisfactory conclusion regarding the awful Camilla. And I was very happy that no animals su
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First off let me say I have read all the books in this series and loved them. But this particular book just bored me to tears. I usually go through them in a couple of days but I had to force myself to read this because I won my copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and knew I had to give a review. I would have given 2 and half stars if I could.

I just didn't care for any of the characters; a bunch of bratty rich kids with no moral compass who became young adults with no moral compass. They could have al
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you'd asked me around the 30% mark how much I was enjoying this book, my answer would have been that it would make a great last entry into the author's celebrated trip through the alphabet - titled Z is for Zzzzzzz. But somewhere around the halfway point, things started to pick up noticeably; by the end, it was considerably better than half bad - prompting me to bump up my rating to 4 stars from the 3 I'd expected.

So what accounted for my initial reaction? Right off the bat, I was put off by
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017, favorites
Please note that there are spoilers for all previous events from prior books. Do not read if you have not read up to X by Sue Grafton.

You may recall my review for X and how frustrated I was with that book. I thought that the majority of that book was just filler. Kinsey felt off and Henry drove me nuts. It also seemed to have two stories smashed into one and neither of them worked. But with "Y is for Yesterday" Sue Grafton hits everything on such a pitch perfect level I have no qualms about say
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ick! I usually read the Kinsey novels cover to cover and can't put them down. This book is the exception. Way too many flashbacks and flash forwards for my taste. One chapter we go back to around the time of the crime. One chapter, we flash forward to Kinsey. It gets tedious after a while.

Lots of secondary characters (and I mean lots) that I'm supposed to keep track of and give a hoot about too. Seems like every chapter introduces another five names to the plot.

Ms. Grafton is very, very wordy wh
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah, those old, comfy jeans are on their last legs, but I can eke out a couple more wash ‘n wears. Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi was published some thirty-five years ago; now she is nearing the end of the alphabet, having recently published Y is for Yesterday. Sadly, even the most familiar, pleasurable things in life tend to fade over time.

Ms. Grafton’s newest novel, featuring 39-year-old PI Kinsey Milhone, takes us from “today”, which is 1989, back to “yesterday”, which is ten years earlier. I wa
Julie Ehlers
How often does a reader have a 30-year relationship with a character and an author, taking place over 25 volumes read sequentially? It's the only one I've ever had, and unless I start a new series right this minute and like it enough to keep up for three decades, I'm never going to have another relationship like this again. I can't pinpoint the exact moment when these books started to feel like home to me, I just know that at some point Kinsey's neighborhood, her studio apartment, her office bun ...more
I've read all these books and am looking forward to ending this series in a big way. I want to see Kinsey find her HEA, come to terms with her parents and extended family and, of course, solve a mystery. This case is eerily similar to an actual case from the OC about 10 years ago. It will be interesting to see Sue Grafton's take on it. The story shifts between May, 1979 and September, 1989 (present time for Kinsey). Exactly what the "mystery" is takes a while to develop. There is a lot of backgr ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Well it was fun to be back reading the series. I’m very eager to read Z. Its publication is still 2 years away.

This book felt more like 2017 (sans computers, voice mail, cell phones, etc. technology) than it does 1989 & 1979, the 2 years when the action takes place. Otherwise it felt too modern with one of its central issues and some others. Similar events have made recent news but I don’t remember them from those previous decades.

It took me almost a full 3 weeks to read this, more my issue tha
Una Tiers
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Sue Grafton has been a huge influence on me since a friend loaned me one of her books over 15 years ago. When I can't find an interesting audio book from the library, I return to my favorites, A, B and J and T.
I like Kinsey because she's normal, she doesn't have mind rocking intimate relations, didn't reach for the million dollar anything and is happy living day to day. The other regulars are nice folk. Kinsey doesn't have more than her career on her plate and perfection isn't an issue for her.
5 Stars for Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton. (Paperback) This was sad knowing that the series will never be completed. I’ve really enjoyed this series. Kinsey Millhone is my favorite Pi. It has been a treat coming back to these books. They are so dependable. Sue Grafton was an amazing writer. I think her books hold up well compared to all the great detective novels.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a Sue Grafton but it's like going to your book closet and picking out a favorite pair of comfortable shoes. Great storytelling. It's always fun to see phone booths and technology from 1979-1989. ...more
The 25th book in Sue Grafton's formidable Kinsey Millhone series actually kicks us back to 1979, where a group of male teens at a private school in Santa Teresa are found responsible for killing a female classmate. Several went to prison and now the one deemed responsible for the murder, Fritz McCabe, has been released. His parents hire Kinsey to assist them with a blackmail case--apparently these juvenile delinquents also made a sex tape before the murder, and it's turned up with Fritz's releas ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sue Grafton has done it again. You definitely have to read this one very slowly and pay attention. It may go at a slow pace, but be patient. It does flip back and forth between 10yrs, but its part of the whole plot. Previous characters are involved. Some good and some bad. One I'm very disappointed in. One I'm taking a better look at. Pearl and her new friend crack me up. Good ole Henry seems to be left out in this one. He's still baking though. Kinsey is still Kinsey. Still drinking Rosies's na ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorite-authors
Didn't love this one. Waaayyyy too much swearing. I also didn't love the back and forth between 1979 and 1989. It was too much. I had a hard time relating to these kids - they were just horrible people except for the one who was killed - but I had a hard time with her as well. I missed more of the interaction between Kinsey and her friends. And the Ned Lowe thing should have been it's own story or wrapped up differently.

I've read all the books and have loved the series. This just didn't work for
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
2.5 GASSY stars rounded up to 3, but ONLY because I have adored Kinsey Milhone since I read A is for Alibi once upon my early 20's. This was definitely NOT one of my favorites in this series. (For the record, S is for Silence was my favorite.) Y is for Yesterday is part new mystery (which was strange, loopy, and unsatisfying) and part leftover business from previous installments in this series. The leftover business left me struggling to remember who was who and where things were left at the end ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is almost done. In this book, the story starts in 1979 and goes back and forth between 1979 and 1989. The story is about bullying in school. One girl steals a test and gives it to two other students. A third girl is shunned by the school because the key school bully accused her of turning the two students in for cheating. The key bully talks two boys into raping a 14-year-old girl student and another boy is coerced into filming it. The girl that is shunned is murdered and two boys ar ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the previous Sue Grafton novels and thus have progressed to the letter Y. Y is for Yesterday. The novel opens in 1979 at an elite private school for young men. With absentee parents and all the money they need to make mistakes disappear, they can make their own rules. But, when four of the boys assault a fourteen-year-old girl and video tape the attack. The tape goes missing and the suspected thief is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state evidence an ...more
Ralph Strong
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
quite wordy...could do without some of the detail
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Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and ...more

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Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)

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