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Lyn Hamilton


Hamilton was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Toronto and there took courses in cultural and physical anthropology which have helped inspire her mystery series. She worked for some years in public relations and was the Director of the Ontario Cultural Programs Branch for six years. Hamilton also served as the director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. She enjoys travel and visits each of the sites featured in her books.

What she writes: Hamilton writes a series revolving around Toronto antiques dealer Lara McClintoch. While traveling the world in search of wares for her shop, Lara often unexpectedly encounters murder. Exotic locations and interesting archaeology are highlights of each of the books. Hamilton has stated that she has finished with the Lara McClintoch series and has decided to retire from mystery writing at this time.


List of works
Lara McClintoch Series
  The Xibalba Murders (1997) The Thai Amulet (2003)
  The Maltese Goddess (1998) The Magyar Venus (2004)
  The Moche Warrior (1999) The Moai Murders (2005)
  The Celtic Riddle (2000) The Orkney Scroll (2006)
  The African Quest (2001) The Chinese Alchemist (2007)
  The Etruscan Chimera (2002)  


The Xibalba Murders was nominated for the Crime Writers of Canada Association first novel prize, and The Magyar Venus was nominated for an Ellis award for best crime novel.

What the critics say
A Publishers Weekly contributor called The Celtic Riddle “a sparkling classical puzzle mystery” that “will please both puzzle enthusiasts and those who demand a logical but totally surprising solution to a crime.”
An MBR Bookwatch reviewer commented that the author “has written a colorful, exciting and totally absorbing amateur sleuth novel.”
“Hamilton once again combines an exciting mystery with fascinating historical and archaeological subject matter,” wrote Jenny McLarin in Booklist.


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