The Carnival of the Criminal Minds has arrived at Michael Walters's blog. Michael is the author of the very good The Shadow Walker and The Adversary, as well as the forthcoming The Outcast, a series set in Mongolia. In a post packed with leads to both books and blogs, Michael writes: "the value of crime fiction blogging is that it provides space and resource to deal with a strand of fiction that generally receives limited, often ghettoised coverage in the mainstream media. Mind you, we perhaps shouldn’t overstate that particular grievance – I’m very conscious that, by dint of the specialised crime fiction columns, my first two books received coverage in the mainstream press that many first-time literary novelists would kill for. But there’s no doubt that many excellent blogs provide coverage that could simply never be offered by the conventional media. And their influence is growing, as more readers discover them and publishers begin to recognise that this is a phenomenon that can’t be ignored."
I also can't resist quoting this passage about the excellent resource, Euro Crime, and three of its regular bloggers! "Let’s start with Karen Meek’s extraordinary labour of love, Eurocrime, which posts a weekly selection of reviews. Not only does the site devote considerably more space to the reviews than would be available in any generalist publication, but the reviews themselves are typically detailed, balanced and thoughtful. Selecting any individual example is invidious, but as illustration consider this current one by Maxine Clarke of Petrona or this one by Sunnie Gill of Sunnie’s Book Blog. The reviews are sometimes less polished than one might find in a conventional magazine, but there’s a refreshing care and honesty about the critical responses. There’s a similar thoughtfulness in Uriah Robinson’s latest posting on his Crime Scraps blog – a review of Philip Kerr’s March Violets which not only tells you everything you need to know about the book but also links it pertinently to the recent Austrian elections."
Links to the book reviews, blogs and sites mentioned are provided at the "carnival" blog post, where there are also leads to other online gems, not least to Colin Cotterill's cartoons.