Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 23

The Carnival has traveled to Mongolia, via Manchester, where at Michael Walters’ Shadow Walker blog, it has been transformed into a Wicked Wakes Fortnight. (And, while you’re there taking in the roundabouts and contests, take a look at what those dark Satanic mills look like these days – blimey!) Taking a leaf from Declan’s Big Book of Blogging, Waters considers the state of blogging and the strengths of the genre. In his view, “the best bloggers are doing an excellent job in giving credit to crime fiction. In turn, it seems to me, much crime fiction is doing a better job than its literary equivalent at writing about the world we live in.

He cites a tempting list of books, all of which have now been added to the tottering TBR pile. Then mentions several quality blogs, both by readers of discernment (Peter Rozovsky and others) as well as some by authors (you can’t beat Colin Cotterill‘s zany illustrations). But there’s certainly another fascinating blog to explore: before you head off to the next Carnival, be sure to explore our current host’s blog – you’ll learn a lot about a fascinating and little known part of the world.

Next up: We’re off to Norther Ireland, where the Carnival will be hosted by Gerard Brennan at Crime Scene NI.

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