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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 27

December 2, 2008

The Carnival heads north this time, to your humble archivist’s obsession Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog. This “enabler edition” urges readers to buy books, lots of books, and points out some thoughtful commentary on crime fiction around the world.

And if the “go ahead, you know you want to buy those books” argument hasn’t persuaded you on economic grounds, Ali Karim stands by with a stirring defense of the genre as the best place to encounter “life’s rich tapestry.”

Up next: the Carnival has a return engagement scheduled at The Rap Sheet. Look for it in a couple of weeks or so.

photo of fireworks in Iceland courtesy of iRon leSs.

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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 22

September 15, 2008

Declan Burke is hosting the Carnival yet again at his blog, Crime Always Pays. This one is the Metaphysical Edition, and instead of a multitude of links, he’s focusing all of his carnivalistic skills on exploring one question: where is crime fiction going and what can blogs and websites do to help it get there?

With a few notable exceptions, crime / mystery writing tends to get short shrift in the mainstream press, and as often as not finds itself shoehorned into a review ghetto, wherein five or six titles will be briefly assessed in the same kind of space that would be given over to single, more ‘literary’ title. That very fact, of course, is one of the main reasons for the proliferation of crime / mystery fiction blogs and sites available on-line, and in a perverse way, it should be celebrated for inadvertently creating such a dynamic and vibrate on-line crime / mystery community. . . . [T]he critical work on crime fiction needs to develop of and through its own metier, that the Johnsons of the crime / mystery community require their Boswells, and that I believe heart and soul that crime / mystery fiction needs and deserves the kind of widespread, top-to-bottom critical work that would in turn inspire the writers to strive towards ever-higher standards of work.

And if you aren’t persuaded yet, he lays it out quite bluntly:

But here’s the thing – crime / mystery fiction is the most popular genre on the planet, it is inarguably the most relevant and important fiction out there, and that’s why I believe it deserves more.

He gives a post from Glenn Harper’s International Noir as Exhibit A. I would also submit into evidence a post that Declan has just posted at The Rap Sheet on the rise of Irish crime fiction since Veronica Guerin’s murder in 1996. Fascinating analysis there.

Given that this carnival was started to highlight the Best in Blogging, I’m delighted with the latest edition and the challenge it sets forth.

image courtesy of Wordle

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 11

March 3, 2008

The Jungle Red Writers are hosting the “in like a lion” edition of the Carnival. And, in keeping with lions and with women’s history month, they are highlighting blogs that feature Strong Women. And yes, there are lots of them. Lady killers. Good girls who kill for money. Lipstick chroniclers. Writers who plot, and have momentary lapses. All that and more. Come one, come all – see the strong women of the carnival!

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Up next: Sharon Wheeler will entertain the carnival at Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room, around March 6th.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 3

November 1, 2007

Julia Buckley has just opened the ticket booths and fluffed the cotton candy at her blog, Mysterious Musings. She points out interesting commentaries by Marcus Sakey, member of the Chicago Outfit (no, not that one) and Eric Mayer , co-author with Mary Reed of the Byzantine John the eunuch series on possible futures for books and publishing. Cornelia Read has some whoops! too late reading suggestions at Naked Authors (no, they aren’t really) – and much, much more!
Up next: Mary Saums will host the carnival at Femmes Fatales. Bloggers who wish to run away and join the circus may recommend posts worth including to Mary or to your humble archivist.