Obituary - Lynn Hamilton

Monday Sep 14 2009
by Whodunit

Lynn Elizabeth Hamilton (1944-2009)

The Canadian crime writing community lost one of its leading members on 10 September 2009, when Lynn Elizabeth Hamilton died of cancer.  Lynn Hamilton came fairly late to crime fiction, after a distinguished career in government and in Public Relations.  She had served as Director of the Cultural Programs Branch of the Ontario government, and latterly as Director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Opera Company.  In the late 1990s she decided to turn her hand to crime fiction, utilizing her interest in archaeology to create a series that ultimately extended to eleven books; the first was The Xibalba Murders, published in 1997 and winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel from the Canadian Crime Writers Association.  Several of her books won subsequent awards. She never gave up her full-time job, however, and did most of her writing and promoting of her books on holidays, weekends, and leaves.  She also found time to teach crime writing at several venues, including the University of Toronto. Her protagonist, Lara McClintoch, shared much in common with the author, being an independent Toronto businesswoman who travelled across the world pursuing antiques for her store.

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