Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 29

January 1, 2009

Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise ushers in the new year with a “murder in the outback” carnival theme. She points out (with appropriate video accompaniment) that Australia may be uniquely suited to murder – having a harsh climate, hardy roots transported in convict ships, and heroes who range from sheep thieves to the bushranger who was hanged for murder and gave his name to the country’s highest mystery writing honor, the Ned Kelly Award.

The acts that follow constitute a veritable graduate seminar on Australian crime fiction, specifically away from the populated coasts and into the outback, from colonial days to the present, a particularly fertile and exciting time for Australian crime fiction. The recommended authors and books come from the Oz Mystery Readers group – one of the grassroots efforts by avid readers down under to promote and sustain the genre. Included in those efforts are the wonderful AustCrime website and Daniel Hatadi’s Crimespace. I doubt there is a more dedicated and tech-savvy community of crime fiction fans anywhere else in the world. Readers everywhere owe them a debt of gratitude.

Up next: The Carnival returns to Julia Buckley’s blog, Mysterious Musings around the middle of January.

photos courtesy of nickherber and anniemullinsuk.

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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 19

August 1, 2008

We’re staying in Australia for this edition of the Carnival. Damien, of the Crime Down Under blog, and founder of the Australian Crime Fiction Database, invites one and all to sample the delights of Australian contributions to the genre. (Intriguingly, many of them seem to be set in other places – Thailand, Africa, and the wilds of Boston.) He also gives Daniel Hatadi a pat on the back for the crime fiction social-networking hangout, Crimespace, and to all those who contribute to AustCrimeFiction for their fine work promoting the genre.

While we’re talking about Australia, let’s also take note of the first annual Crime & Justice Festival, held recently in Melbourne and blogged about by Angela Savage, Helen (check out her haul!), Boomer, Sunnie (check out her haul, too!) and Karen. Sounds like a highly successful blend of fact and fiction – and a good excuse to make a trip down under, if you need one.

Next up: we’re heading to the other side of the world to the Minnesota home of Neil Anthony Smith and his Crime Dog One Virtual Dive Bar, where the Carnival will resume it’s previous schedule and reconvene around August 15th. If you would like the Carnival to visit your dive bar, please let the archivist know.

photo of a Melbourne carnival courtesy of Scootie.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 18

July 1, 2008

We’re taking the O-bahn to paradise for this entry in the Carnival of the Criminal Minds. Kerrie of Adelaide, Australia (also known as “paradise“) has a serious jones for mysteries and covers them in her blog. She also is part of the mob of addicted mystery readers who do much to promote the crime fiction scene down under.

So this summer . . . er, winter, sorry . . . we’re spending time there, getting to know the many talented writers from that paradise that has a criminal past. For the main events, she offers some of her own antipodean reading, a grand parade of Ned Kelly winners, and an introduction to a few Australian criminal rings (of the Internet variety). Come on, come all, come down under for the paradisaical carnival!

creepy carnival koalas

Up next: don’t leave yet, mate. We’re heading to Damien’s Crime Down Under next – see you there around August 1st.

photo of bizarre and mysterious carnival Koalas taken in Adelaide by SpacePotato

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No.1

October 1, 2007

It’s starting! The first carnival is being held in Australia and, most appropriately, introduces a number of blogs and bloggers who focus on what’s up in Australia and New Zealand. There are many good crime fiction things happening down under, and some interesting experiments (including Daniel Hatadi’s popular Crimespace community). You can keep up by reading Karen’s blog – or by exploring the vast and wonderful Australian and New Zealand Crime Fiction site where you can not only read about the genre, you can write it – a collaborative serial novel is in the works and you’re welcome to contribute a chapter.

Visit Australia, where the tectonic plates of crime fiction and technology collide in the most interesting ways.

Next up: Our next host, The Rap Sheet, is a must-read blog where J. Kingston Pierce has generously offered to hold the second carnival around October 15th. If you see some exceptional writing in the form of a blog posting, let him know – or tell me and I’ll pass it along.