Lynda S. Robinson is the author of critically acclaimed historical novels-the Lord Meren series of ancient Egyptian mysteries. She has a doctoral degree in anthropology with a specialty in the subdiscipline of archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has done field work in both the Middle East and the United States, as well as museum research and work in exhibits of ancient art.
Born in Amarillo Texas, Robinson completed her education only to discover that she had "burned out" on academia. She was encouraged by her husband to explore a writing career, sat down at her computer to write five pages of a story, and knew that writing fiction was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Now she uses the knowledge gained in graduate school and fieldwork to write novels the authenticity of which has been acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Her first published novel was a historical romance set in ancient Egypt with a heavy dose of suspense and mystery. It later became the model for a mystery series set in ancient Egypt-the Lord Meren series.
Robinson's first mystery was published by Walker & Company (February, '94). Set in the reign of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, Murder in the Place of Anubis received a starred review from Publishers Weekly (January 3, 1994). Called an "exceptional debut", "riveting" and "a memorable tale", Murder in the Place of Anubis also received excellent response from Kirkus Reviews, Bookline, and Mystery News, to name a few.
Robinson's second and third novels, Murder at the God's Gate (February '95) and Murder at the Feast of Rejoicing (February, '96) again received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and the New York Times Book Review, as well as major national newspapers. The Lord Meren series is published in paperback by Ballantine. The first book is now in a fourth paperback printing.
Robinson is excited at the enthusiastic response to her novels and is please that the fourth Lord Meren novel-Eater of Souls-gained her fourth starred review in a row from Publishers Weekly. Again acclaimed by the New York Times Book Review for Eater of Souls, she has continued the successful series with Drinker of Blood and Slayer of Gods. Robinson is especially gratified that her mysteries have won the acclaim of Egyptologists for their accuracy and authentic portrayal of life in ancient Egypt. Her latest Lord Meren story is "Heretic's Dagger", a short story in The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits, released in October, 2002.
Robinson has written twelve historical romances of various settings and time periods-from ancient Egypt to the Elizabethan and Victorian periods. Published by Bantam Books, her novels are praised for their complex, intriguing plots, unique characterization and historical authenticity. Her latest undertaking is a novel of romantic suspense set in civil war Washington D.C. Robinson has been called "an author of star quality" and "spectacularly talented". Robinson lives in Texas in the south central hill country with her husband.