Agatha Sherlock Graves was named for two of her mother's favorite mystery personalities. Having been weaned on mysteries, it is only natural that she reached middle age without a single person knowing what she'd done along the way. When asked, she quotes Edgar Allan Poe, "Should you ever be drowned or hung, be sure and make a note of your sensations." Then she adds inexplicably, 'A cat has nine lives." Whereupon, she quotes Poe again, "The serenading cat makes a noise like an infant with the colic, for which it is often mistaken." Agatha has neither children or cats.
Agatha does have a boyfriend, A. Edgar Hoover, a mortician. A. Edgar always assists Agatha in the mournful duty of maintaining the family crypt, and once a year they vacation together. They drive his hearse to California where hearse clubs are common. There they join in the annual "Grim Ride" parade. Then they wend a circuitous route home, sometimes via Graceland, sometimes via Maine (in homage to Stephen King), always arriving back in time for Memorial Day celebrations. Why or how Agatha came to work at the bookstore is-of course-a mystery.