Charlotte Jay

65 women’s crime books on offer for new & re-joining members

Like many arts and literary organisations, Sisters in Crime faces a future of no income from our usual sources due to the coronavirus pandemic. Where possible, we will be hosting events online. One way that you can help us survive in these uncertain times, is to join or re-join. The first 65 to do so

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – Charlotte Jay

The Knife is Feminine: Discovering Charlotte Jay Hosted by Melbourne Library Service The inaugural winner of the  Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe award in 1953 was an Australian woman, Charlotte Jay, for Beat Not The Bones , a mystery set in Papua New Guinea. In 2019 who has heard of Charlotte Jay in this her

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Beating a different drum: Rediscovering Charlotte Jay, Australian mystery writer

In 1992 Sisters in Crime co-convenor, Carmel Shute, was fortunate to interview pioneering Australian crime writer, Charlotte Jay, on the eve of the re-issuing of her 1952 novel, Beat Not the Bones, which had the rare distinction of winning the inaugural Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Writers of America Award. (Raymond Chandler won the following year.)

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