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Lyn Hamilton (1944–2009)

Autor/a de The Xibalba Murders

11+ obres 2,310 Membres 63 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Lyn Hamilton

The Xibalba Murders (1997) 345 exemplars
The Celtic Riddle (2000) 317 exemplars
The Etruscan Chimera (2002) 224 exemplars
The Maltese Goddess (1998) 214 exemplars
The Orkney Scroll (2006) 193 exemplars
The African Quest (2001) 190 exemplars
The Thai Amulet (2003) 183 exemplars
The Moche Warrior (1999) 181 exemplars
The Magyar Venus (2004) 166 exemplars
The Chinese Alchemist (2007) 149 exemplars
The Moia Murders (2005) 148 exemplars

Obres associades

Death Dines In (2004) — Col·laborador — 87 exemplars


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Nom normalitzat
Hamilton, Lyn
Nom oficial
Hamilton, Lyn Elizabeth
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Llocs de residència
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto
former director of the Cultural Programs Branch, Ontario government
public relations
Premis i honors
Ellis Award nominee
Biografia breu
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.



This was a great read and Hamilton did amazing work in integrating the archeological/Mayan aspects. I learned a lot, but without the sometimes agonizing attempts to educate the reader through pages of explanatory dialogue that plagues historical fiction. Lara McClintoch is a great character--both relatable in her life challenges (divorce, losing her business, etc) but also a bit of an armchair superhero sleuth, who isn't afraid to put her neck on the line in search of writing rabbits (read the book and that makes sense). Most of the story takes place in Mérida, Mexico, and Hamilton really makes the city come alive. Each chapter is named for a day of the Mayan calendar, but it isn't frivolous--McClintoch knows her stuff (and so does Hamilton). Portents and symbology abound, as do some good old-fashioned murders. While I am no expert in Mayan culture, I did fact check some of what Hamilton offered and it seems legit.
The author died of cancer in 2009, but she managed 11 in the series, and I can't wait to read them.
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rebcamuse | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | Aug 8, 2023 |
An enjoyable murder mystery set in the 1990s amidst an archaeological site in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. I found the information about the Mayan culture interesting & not too overdone. There was a bit too much "If I had known what was to happen" in the early parts of the book, but other than that I liked the first person narrative. I did guess one of the guilty parties, partially from clues and partially based on personality...
leslie.98 | Hi ha 20 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |
I would give the book 2½ stars partly because this Kindle edition has a few editing errors that were annoying. However, my biggest complaint was the unnecessary 'talk' of the Goddess at the beginning of each chapter -- I liked it at first but it didn't really have anything to do with the story so I lost interest. Much of the history of Malta contained in those section was also presented in the main story line as well so it didn't even have that purpose.

I also found it extremely distracting in the climax of the mystery for the author to suddenly switch from writing in the past tense to present tense (just for that one chapter).… (més)
leslie.98 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |
I enjoyed the setting and the 'riddle' but felt that Lara should have figured out who the murderer was quite a bit earlier. Still, a fun read and I will most likely read more books from the series.
leslie.98 | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |



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