Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 2

rapsheettillie.jpgJeff Pierce at The Rap Sheet, who has been an enthusiastic barker for the carnival, now hosts a bang-up second event, a full three-rings (or more) of delights from all corners of the world. Along with introducing a number of blogs we’d like to be reading, there’s news here of new book projects, what webzines are up to, noir classics to remember, and what one Swedish writer does when he finds too much change in his pockets. Oh – and there’s also some essential kitchenware, thanks to J.D. Rhoades who is known to have a slightly warped sense of humor.

An then there’s Tillie – the happy face here who welcomed one and all to the Palace Amusements building, an indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As Pierce explains, that structure is gone, but the mural was saved.

Tillie was a tribute, of sorts, to George C. Tilyou, the founder of Coney Island’s famous Steeplechase Park (1897-1964). He employed a similar grinning mug as the symbol of his trends-setting entertainment venue, which was renowned both for its half-mile mechanized horse race and, later, for its parachute jump, a fortunate transplant from the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Showman Tilyou conceived of his park as a place where everyone–young and old, male and female, wealthy and otherwise underprivileged–could find curiosities and distractions of varying degrees. A smörgasbord of delights. That’s not unlike what this Carnival of the Criminal Minds is designed to provide. So, while introducing our second entry in the series (Karen Chisholm hosted the previous carnival post at her Australian and New Zealand Crime Fiction Web site), let me also introduce our mascot for the installments that will appear in The Rap Sheet: Tillie.

The carnival packs up its gear and moves from the Left Coast to the Windy City, where Julia Buckley will host the carnival at her Mysterious Musings blog around November 1st. If you know of any sideshow acts or death-defying blog posts, let her know – or drop a line to the archivist.

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