We are thrilled to announce that Leena Lehtolainen will be in New York this week promoting her Maria Kallio mystery series.
Amazon has so far published My First Murder (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993), Her Enemy (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994) and Copper Heart (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995) to great reviews and sales. The fourth Maria Kallio novel Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996) will be published in 2014.
Leena’s American and English-speaking readers can order their signed copies of Maria Kallio mystery novels now from The Mysterious Bookshop where she will stop by and sign her books on Wednesday 20th November from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
On Wednesday 20th November at 7:30 pm Maria Kallio fans will have the opportunity to attend Leena Lehtolainen’s Book Reading at the Salmagundi Art Club.
MY FIRST MURDER
My First Murder introduces readers to Kallio, a rookie detective in the Helsinki Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit, as she investigates her first homicide. Young, inexperienced, and female, Kallio faces the additional burden of having known the victim – a playboy with a few dark secrets – and the circle of suspects from her university days. As she doggedly pursues a series of false leads and puzzling clues, Kallio must turn her personal relationships with the group into an advantage to flush out the killer and prove she has what it takes for a career in the crime squad. My First Murder introduces readers to a hard-boiled yet soft-hearted new crime fiction heroine who combines the steely determination of Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander with the accessibility and personality of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.
After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start—a chance to not only put her new law degree to use, but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth – especially since the accused is not only the victim’s fiancé, but a member of Antti’s family. Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. To crack the case, she’ll have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society – and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.
Former Helsinki police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her hometown of Arpikylä without looking back. But when the town’s sheriff asks her to serve as a deputy for a few months, she agrees. What should have been a quiet summer soon turns dramatic—and deadly. Meritta, an outspoken local artist, plunges to her death from the tower of the town’s shuttered copper mine, and Kallio immediately suspects foul play. Now Kallio must face the harsh truth that one of the town’s residents killed Meritta, and friends she has known for decades all harbor their own murderous motives—even Johnny, her gorgeous former crush who almost makes her forget about her boyfriend Antti, now studying in Chicago. The past and present of the beloved detective violently collide, leaving her future in grave danger.
The Maria Kallio mystery series: Rights Sold in 28 languages
World English, Amazon
Japan, Tokyo Sogensha
Turkey, Bizim Kitaplar
TV rights, Studio Hamburg
Original publisher: Finland, Tammi
Leena Lehtolainen’s works have also been published in (rights reverted):
Albania, China, Czech, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine
Finnish Edition of Books 1-12
English Edition of Books 1-3
German Edition of Books 1-11
English Text of Book 11
French edition of Books 1-4
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