Canadian Club of Halton with Ian Hamilton & Barry Wylie

Author Ian Hamilton and CCH president Barry Wylie enjoying a moment to chat during the Canadian Club of Halton Dinner

Crime mystery writer and award-winning author of the Ava Lee novels

Some people are born to write and Ian Hamilton, crime mystery writer and award-winning author of the Ava Lee novels, is one. The guest speaker at the dinner meeting of Canadian Club of Halton, Ian was warmly received by his avid fans who are waiting for his next book to be finished. The 7th book in the series, The King of Shanghai, will be published in Canada this December. He has contracted to write at least another three. “Good news for us fans!” according to Barry Wylie, President of the Canadian Club of Halton.

Ian Hamilton is a former journalist, government executive, diplomat and international businessman residing in Burlington, Ontario. While recovering from major surgery in 2009, he created his unique character, Ava Lee, a Toronto-based Chinese Canadian lesbian forensic accountant!

Ian Hamilton’s fans! (Canadian Club Directors) Gerry, Lori, Gerry, Cindy & Susan

Ian’s international experiences add a depth of reality to the many people, places and cultures that Ava encounters in her adventures. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Five more captivating Ava Lee books have been published since then – The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan,The Red Pole of Macau, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya and The Two Sisters of Borneo. All of Ian’s books have achieved international distribution and movie and television rights deals have been struck. BBC has named Ian one of the ten crime and mystery writers from the last 30 years whose work should be on your book shelf. More information about Ian and his books can be found at

The Canadian Club of Halton meets at the Oakville Conference Centre for fellowship, dinner and fascinating speakers monthly September through April. As part of the thank you to the speakers, a donation of $500 is made to an organization chosen by the speaker. This month’s donation was gratefully accepted by Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place.

Photo credits and story by Janet Beford.  (Source – Oakville News, Oakville Ontario’s Daily News Online)

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