Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is a new book from an old favorite:  Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton.


Beginning:  (The Theft, January 1979)

Iris stood at the counter in the school office, detention slip in hand, anticipating a hand-smack from Mr. Lucas, the vice principal.  She’d already seen him twice since her enrollment at Climping Academy the previous fall.  The first time, she’d been turned in for cutting PE.  The second time, she’d been reported for smoking outside study hall.  She’d been advised there was a smoking area set aside specifically for students, which she argued was on the far side of campus and impossible to get to between classes.


56:  As a child, Sloan had pined for the father she never knew.  In the photograph of him, which had been taken at the ski resort, he was dark-eyed and tanned, with a flash of white teeth and ski goggles pushed up in his dark hair.  While Sloan was growing up, his image had been the source of fantasies—hopes that he hadn’t really perished in the accident.


Blurb:  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 turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…


I love this series, so I’m eager to enjoy this latest outing.  What do you think?



    1. Thanks, Bev, and I barely remember the first books. I don’t have copies, as I got them from the library. I have this fantasy of all the books lined up on my shelves…but most of the ones I’ve bought in recent years were e-books…so there goes that fantasy! LOL.


  1. Literary Feline

    I’m so excited about this book, but I have no right to me. I’m behind in the series. 😦 It’s one of my favorite mystery series, just the same. I love Sue Grafton’s books. Thank you for sharing, Laurel-Rain. I hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Wendy, and I think you could pick up the series anywhere. The character is one you’ll recognize immediately, as she has stayed in the same little apartment and little town all along, and each book has its own mysteries.


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