US pre-launch reviews for Lehtolainen’s My First Murder

In anticipation of Amazon Crossing’s December 11th launch of Leena Lehtolainen’s My First Murder (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993) we are excited to share two excellent pre-publication reviews by Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Please find the reviews below:

”Rookie detective Maria Kallio is called out to a puzzling case involving a respected choir composed of college-age and 20-something adults. One of the members has been murdered at the Helsinki villa where the choir was invited for the weekend. Odds are that one of the victim’s fellow choristers killed him. Coincidentally, Maria knows many of the individuals, having gone to college with them. Despite the potential conflict of interest, the short-staffed police department makes it her case. But can Maria stay professional and not let her personal prejudices blind her to the mounting evidence? VERDICT: Lehtolainen’s first entry (originally published in 1993) in a series long popular in Finland is an engaging Scandinavian procedural sure to appeal to Helene Tursten fans. It is also a good choice for readers who like a young protagonist trying to establish herself in a man’s world, not unlike Tess Gerritsen’s early Rizzoli and Isles titles.” – Library Journal

”First published in 1993, this solid first in a mystery series from Lehtolainen, billed as ’Finland’s bestselling female crime author’, introduces 23-year-old Sgt. Maria Kallio, of Helsinki’s Violent Crime Unit. Kallio’s initial low-level cases and paper-pushing lead her to begin law school, but boredom with her studies prompts her to return to the force for a six-month stint as a substitute officer. Her provisional status and sexist male colleagues complicate her first homicide inquiry, into the death of singer Tommi Peltonen, the leader of a quartet, who appears to have drowned in the sea off his parents’ summer house, though a blow to the head could have been a contributing factor. Peltonen was organizing a summer musical event for a double quartet, whose surviving members become the obvious suspects. The author does a good job integrating her dogged detective’s inner life with the murder inquiry.” – Publishers Weekly

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Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Leena’s brand new title The Oathbreaker was published in August 2019! This new standalone is set in the icy cold rural Finland. A man is abducted at Helsinki airport and left to die in the winter. He survives, and an international journey for answers begins!

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The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

 

 

 

Bibliography


Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice

2016, Non-Fiction


Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

1993, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

1994, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

1995, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

1997, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go

2000, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Rage

2003, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Indecent Nightingale

2005, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil’s Cubs

2012, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the Tiger

2016, Crime & Thriller

End of Innocence Finnish cover

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Thriller

Below the Surface US cover image

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface

2003, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer’s Girlfriend

2018, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Oathbreaker

2019 Fall, Crime & Thriller

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