Wednesday, May 4, 2011
X is for XALBA (Lyn Hamilton)
The back story to this post is that in my new found love of the library I came across an archeological mystery series that looked very interesting. When I start a new mystery series, I am pretty anal about starting with the first book which is not always easy to do because if it is an older series the earlier books are unable to be found on Barnes Noble, Amazon, etc. However, the LIBRARY does have them and so I started this series from book one "The Xalba Murders". I enjoyed the book and read the next one which I also enjoyed and I noticed that the last book she had published in the series was in 2007. This sparked my interest in Lyn Hamilton, the author--why did she stop the series which seemed to be well received and also what else is she writing.
In my research on Lyn Hamilton I realized that some of us in this challenge and on YCN might identify strongly with her. She was born in Canada in 1944 and graduated from the University of Toronto. After college she went into communications and worked for private companies and some governmental agencies. Now the part that I found important, SHE PUBLISHED HER FIRST NOVEL AT 50. For those like myself that feel they might have come to writing too late, hello, it happens more than we think. Lyn wrote elven archeological mystery novels and as she had a background in the area, they have great detail and realistic situations. I like her lead character and intend to finish the series. I'm not sure she has made a great contribution to literature, but the fact that she came to it later and then also taught mystery writing at the University of Toronto struck a chord with me.
Why did she stop the series in 2007? Well here is the sad part of the story. Unfortunately, Ms. Hamilton died of cancer in 2009 at age 65 (just 3 years older than I am).
So why this post except that she wrote a book that started with "X". Because I found some inspiration from her and I also got the push to get on with it since you have no idea how long you have to do it. If you enjoy mysteries, you might like this series; the older books are only available at the library (in rather beat up condition as you can see from my photo). I only took the picture so they wouldn't blame the damage on me.