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Name  Charlotte Jay

Role  Writer
Charlotte Jay Beat Not the Bones Charlotte Jay 9781569470473 Amazoncom Books
Died  October 27, 1996, Adelaide, Australia
Awards  Edgar Award for Best Novel
Books  Beat Not the Bones, A Hank of Hair, Arms for Adonis, The Yellow Turban, The cobra kite

Charlotte Jay was the pseudonym adopted by Australian mystery writer and novelist, Geraldine Halls (17 December 1919 – 27 October 1996). One of the best and most singular authors of the suspense era, she wrote only nine crime books, but their unorthodoxy secured her a high place in Mystery Hall of Fame.


Jay was Hall's maiden name and it was under the name Charlotte Jay that she wrote most of the crime fiction novels for which she is most well known. She also wrote novels under her married name.


Jay was born as Geraldine Mary Jay in Melville in Adelaide, South Australia on the 17 December 1919. She attended Girton School (now Pembroke School) and the University of Adelaide, and worked as a shorthand typist in Australia and England, and as a court stenographer in New Guinea, 1942-1950.

She married Albert Halls, an Oriental specialist, who worked with the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Albert Halls has dealt in Oriental antiques in England and Australia. Marrying Albert enabled her to travel to many exotic locations in which she later included in her future books. Only her first novel, The Knife is Feminine, is set in Australia. The other books are set in Pakistan, Japan, Thailand, England, Lebanon, India, Papua New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands.

After a long career in writing Halls died on the 27 October 1996, in her home town of Adelaide.


Her book Beat Not the Bones won the then newly created Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers' Association of America for Best Novel of the Year in 1954.


The crime novel, The Fugitive Eye was adapted for television for a drama series in 1961. The episode starred Charlton Heston and the series was hosted by Fred Astaire.


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