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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 12

March 9, 2008

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There’s something very heartwarming about our dozenth carnival. This one celebrates the victim – what would we do without him? It’s the Dead Guy Carnival. To be specific, it’s partying in the blogspace of the Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room, an ensemble effort that covers books from writing to publishing to promoting to reviewing. Which is sort of where the Dead Guy comes in, because it is reviewer Sharon Wheeler (aka Shaz) who is our mid-March host. As a professional critic, she is a self-proclaimed “fussy blogger.” Her creme-de-la-carnival picks are Eurocrime, Crime Always Pays, and AustCrimeFiction for their excellent international book coverage, Hedgehog and EvilE for chutzpah, and “must-read” Murderati. especially pointing out Thursdays when the dynamic duo, Ken Bruen and Louise Ure, post.

Next up: We’re taking our lucky thirteenth carnival to the Republic of Tejas, where Bill Crider publishes his Pop Culture Magazine. Check it out around April Fool’s Day – no pun intended.

photo of Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls courtesy of digiyesica.

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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 6

December 14, 2007

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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