Leena won a lot of new fans in China, and her session with the Chinese writer Qiu Xiaolong (photo on the right) at the Shanghai Literary Festival was simply magical – people were buzzing about it for some time after, said the organizers of the festival.
The Maria Kallio series kicked off in Finland in 1993 and rights have been sold in 28 languages to date. Amazon Crossing published My First Murder in December 2012 to great reviews:
“Leena Lehtolainen has a winner with her debut thriller. Detective Maria Kallio deserves a place alongside literature’s best tough but vulnerable female detectives.” – Mystery Scene Magazine
“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
“A solid first in a series… The author does a good job integrating her dogged detective’s inner life with the murder inquiry.” – Publishers Weekly
Today, on March 6th, 2013 Leena Lehtolainen’s Finnish publisher Tammi wishes to celebrate Maria Kallio’s 20th anniversary, and has launched the 20th anniversary book of Maria Kallio:
The World of Maria Kallio (Maria Kallio -Extra, Tammi 2013, 212 pp.)
The Maria Kallio fan book features fun trivia and interesting facts about the world-famous detective Maria Kallio. The book contains two previously unpublished Maria Kallio stories!
Congratulations Leena on your fantastic career and international success!
More happy news to follow soon!
English editions of Maria Kallio series: My First Murder, Her Enemy
German editions: All Maria Kallio titles
German editions: The Bodyguard, The Lion of Justice
French editions of Maria Kallio titles: My First Murder, Her Place, Copperheart, Snow Woman
French editions: The Bodyguard
Spanish edition: My First Murder
Please contact the Agency for more information!