Books by Lyn Hamilton

Lyn Hamilton is the author of a successful series of archaeological mysteries published by Berkley Prime Crime in New York. The series, the first of which, The Xibalba Murders, was nominated for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards for best first crime nov


THE CHINESE ALCHEMIST by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Hamilton, who rivals Jan Morris as a travel writer, gives her eunuch Wu Yuan such a mesmerizing story about serving the Imperial Palace and the Son of Heaven that it's a bit of a thud to be brought back to the problems of contemporary households."
Chinese history from the perspective of a royal concubine, a eunuch, a family of tomb raiders and even the Chairman himself. Read full book review >
THE ORKNEY SCROLL by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"About five subplots too many, but Hamilton makes the islands of Orkney so beguiling they ought to be listed as a top-ten travel destination."
"Who could resist a tale," asks Hamilton, "that ends with the words, before he went mad Bjarni the Wanderer hid the cauldron in the tomb of the orcs"? Read full book review >
THE MOAI MURDERS by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2005

"Readers will be so mesmerized by Rapa Nui they'll probably add it to their own Life Lists. Hamilton (The Thai Amulet, 2003, etc.) makes an excellent tour guide, even if she packs too much baggage into her mystery."
Archaeologists, tourists, and murder victims converge on isolated Easter Island. Read full book review >
THE THAI AMULET by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lush local color balanced by an astringent view of Thai and expatriate greed: an entertaining tropical tragedy."
Antiques dealer and amateur sleuth Lara McClintoch (The Etruscan Chimera, 2002) gets roped into investigating more than Southeast Asian antiques on her trip to Thailand. She's expected to play surrogate parent to her boyfriend's daughter Jennifer Lucza when she and her Thai almost-fiancé, Chat Chaiwong, introduce Jennifer to his family in Bangkok. But then Lara's ex-husband insists that she help Natalie Beauchamp, whose husband Will, another antiques dealer, abandoned her and their developmentally disabled daughter two years ago to go live in Thailand. Apparently, Will has disappeared in Bangkok, and someone's sent Natalie a mysterious package containing clippings about a society woman named Helen Ford suspected of murder 50 years ago—along with three terra-cotta Thai amulets, one deliberately broken. Natalie desperately needs either her decamped husband alive or proof of his death. Against her better judgment, Lara agrees to look for Will. In Bangkok, she and Jennifer live in luxury with Chat's incredibly wealthy family. The hospitality sours, however, when Chat's elderly father dies suddenly, and the machinations among his much younger wife, a powerful second-in-command, and a business rival who wants Chat to marry his daughter pull bookish Chat into the family's business. Meanwhile, Lara discovers that Will disappeared on the brink of publishing a book about Helen Ford, and that the same painter once painted Helen Ford and the Chaiwong family. Could there be a connection 50 years later? Read full book review >
THE ETRUSCAN CHIMERA by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2002

"In a conspiracy that makes the mythological Hydra look like a reasonable creature, Lara suffers from the conventional dimness of the dupe. And who can blame her? No one but a mystery novelist could possibly have imagined this farrago of ridiculously complicated schemes."
Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch (The African Quest, 2001, etc.) finds herself in a B-movie scenario when her escort to an appointment in Rome with reclusive billionaire Crawford Lake blindfolds her. Melodrama continues to attend her like Hitchcock on a bad day once Lake hires her to buy an ancient Etruscan statue from French collector Robert Goddard. She jumps at the chance, not wondering unduly why she, a relative unknown, has been chosen. In France, she discovers that Goddard is reluctant to part with the statue, even though she thinks it's a fake. But he takes a shine to Lara and shows her his custom-built subterranean tomb, done in the authentic Etruscan style. When Lara returns for more negotiations, she finds Goddard's dead body in the tomb. Did he fall while maneuvering out of his wheelchair, did he succumb to despair, or was he pushed? Then Lara discovers a priceless authentic Etruscan hydria—a water jug stolen from a museum—in the trunk of her car. She smuggles it back to Italy to see whether Lake can return it to the proper authorities. Once in Tuscany, ancient seat of the Etruscan state, the hydria gets passed from villain to victim, leaving corpses in its wake. Read full book review >