It's very sad to report the death of Canadian mystery author, Lyn Hamilton. Born in 1944, she passed away on September 10 after a battle with cancer. She will be remembered in our community as the author of the Lara McClintoch archaeological mysteries.
Lyn didn't begin writing mysteries until the age of 50, when she combined her lifelong interest in archeology in her series. The Xibalba Murders was published in 1997 and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis award for best first crime novel. Her eight, The Magyar Venus, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel. Her books feature heroine Lara McClintoch, the owner of an antiques story in Toronto, who travels the world for business, solving murders along the way. Lyn was a great supporter of other writers, as a mentor and teacher. She was a writer in residence at the New York Central Library in 2003 and held the same position at the Kitchener Public Library in 2004. She was honored several times at mystery conventions for her work.
Lyn visited all of the exotic sites she wrote about and in 1999 led The Maltese Goddess mystery and archeology tour to Malta to visit the scene of the crime. Like Lara, she was an antiques addict.
In her 'past' life, she was Director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Opera Company, and before that Director of the Cultural Programs Branch in the Ontario government.
There will be no funeral service at her request. A celebration with friends will be held later. Condolences may be posted at: etouch.ca. Donations in Lyn's name to the Canadian Opera Company or the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mystery Readers Journal was honored to have an article by Lyn Hamilton in our Cool Canadian Crime issue in Winter 2003-2004. Read the article, here. In the meantime, read an interview with Lyn at Poe's Deadly Daughters. She was also a Guest Blogger at Type M for Murder last January.
Another sad day in the mystery community.
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