Archive for December, 2007

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 6

December 14, 2007


The mastermind of Material Witness (who is serious about crime fiction, and has the thoughtful reviews to show for it) hosts the latest carnival, offering a bit of respite for the crazed shopper who is beginning to entertain murderous thoughts while hunting in a feral pack for the last Nintendo DS Lite on the planet.

As an alternative, our UK host offers a stroll around the more civilized parts of the blogosphere, stopping for a bit of eavesdropping with Charlaine Harris, a spirited rebuttal of commercialism from Jacqueline Winspear, and a cornucopia of best books recommended in a remarkable series at It’s a Crime! There’s also a musical interlude with some young men who can sing but have difficulty counting, and some darkly ironic Christmas stories based on observations of the Witness himself, who has wry eye for the noirish possibilities offered up by the holidays.

Next up: we’re heading for warmer climes, to the Tropic of Crazy. The next carnival will be hosted in Florida – fertile ground for whacko characters and, quite coincidentally, home to the unrepentent biblioholic, BookBitch.

photo courtesy of Tom@HK

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 5

December 3, 2007

irishcarnival.jpgFearadh na fáilte to the carnabhal – or something of the sort. My Irish is a bit rusty non-existent. Nevertheless, it’s time to celebrate the carnival as it sets up its pitch in Ireland, where Declan Burke holds to the capitalist belief that Crime Always Pays. Is this the Irish Tiger at work, or is he being metaphorical? In any case, he calls our attention to a couple of brilliant chroniclers of the Irish crime fiction scene – Critical Mick, who offers unruly reviews, and Cormac Millar who may have been a librarian in a previous life, given he provides a growing catalog of Irish crime writers.  Obviously, when the tourist board tells you there’s little crime in Ireland they haven’t been to a bookshop lately.  

This carnival also offers a sideshow of exotic bloggers who eschew the usual suspects and point the way to the best mysteries you may not have heard about. You’ll thrill to noir, Euro, continental, and Jordan-esque blogs, not to mention the amazing perpetual motion machine that keeps the Interweb spinning. See, too, a charming headshot of Peter Rozovsky, who has a brain the size of a planet. (I knew that, being a regular reader of Detectives Beyond Borders; I just didn’t realize he was green.) All in all, this carnival is a feast of international, independent, and indispensable sites for the insatiable crime fiction reader.  My RSS feeds runneth over.

Next up: Oyez, oyez, you are herewith presented with a subpoena – to join us in England as a Material Witness on or about the fifteenth day of the month of December. We’re serious about this. Or about crime fiction, anyway.

photo courtesy of red betty black