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Lyn Hamilton (1944–2009)

Author of The Xibalba Murders

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Lyn Hamilton was born on August 6, 1944. She attended the University of Toronto. She worked in communications in both the public and private sectors before publishing her first novel at the age of 50. She was director of the Cultural Programs Branch for the province of Ontario and director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. She taught mystery writing for the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. Her first novel, The Xibalba Murders, was published in 1997. She wrote the Archaeological Mysteries series. The Celtic Riddle became a made-for-TV movie starring Angela Lansbury. She died of cancer on September 10, 2009 at the age of 65. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Xibalba Murders 333 copies, 19 reviews
The Celtic Riddle 303 copies, 11 reviews
The Etruscan Chimera 215 copies, 2 reviews
The Maltese Goddess 207 copies, 4 reviews
The Orkney Scroll 194 copies, 2 reviews
The African Quest 187 copies, 5 reviews
The Moche Warrior 180 copies, 6 reviews
The Thai Amulet 179 copies, 5 reviews
The Magyar Venus 166 copies, 2 reviews
The Moia Murders 148 copies, 1 review
The Chinese Alchemist 147 copies, 2 reviews
Death Dines In (Contributor) 84 copies, 3 reviews
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Lyn Hamilton is the author of a successful series of archaeological mysteries published by Berkley Prime Crime in New York. The series features Toronto antique dealer Lara McClintoch, who travels the world in search of the rare and beautiful for her shop, finding more than a little murder and mayhem along the way. Each book in the series is set in a different and exotic location and calls upon the past in an unusual way. Courses in both cultural and physical anthropology in her student days at the University of Toronto inspired a life-long interest in ancient cultures. Lyn was for six years the Director of the Ontario Cultural Programs Branch, the branch responsible for the licensing of all archaeology in the province as well as for museum and heritage conservation support programs.

Lyn visits each of the locales she writes about, and has led tours to come of the sites in her books. Her books have been translated in Chinese, German, Spanish,Italian, Hebrew and turkish and will soon be available in Croatian, Greek, Hungarian and Thai.

She was writer-in-residence at the North York Central Library in 2003, and held the same position at the Kitchener Public Library in 2004. She lives in Toronto, and like her sleuth Lara is something of an antiques addict.
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