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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.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 7

January 2, 2008

The glamorous BookBitch is our host for the first carnival of the new year. A self-confessed addict, she is sustained by two things: knowing there are some great crime fiction writers she hasn’t read yet, and debut books by new writers. She doesn’t have to go to the sleazy part of town for her next fix – with a pipeline to publishers, she gets 25-30 new books delivered to her door each week.

The local post office has no doubt started a BookBitch fan club.

After she samples the wares she pushes them onto the rest of us addicts through reviews in Library Journal and her own BookBitch site, where there are regular contests – and not for those cheap stuffed animals, either. This installment of the carnival focuses on debuts to look forward to.

Come one, come all – run away and join the carnival, where you’ll be introduced to some of the new talent hitting the shelves (and telling all in the blogs) this year.

photo courtesy of kendiala

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.