Rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s works sold to 19 countries

Leena Lehtolainen Minne tytöt kadonneetThe Elina Ahlback Literary Agency has sold the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish rights to Leena Lehtolainens latest crime novel Where Have All the Young Girls Gone to Bazar Publishers. The bestseller, released by Tammi Publishers in Finland in August, takes on the burning topical issue of xenophobia and the fear of the unknown. It has aroused exceptional enthusiasm and demand worldwide. Where Have All the Young Girls Gone will be published in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in Spring 2012. Translation rights have been previously sold to Taiwan at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and as soon as the book appeared, rights were sold to Germany, where it will be published in 2012.

Bazar Publishers provides Leena Lehtolainen’s works with brilliant marketing possibilities in Scandinavia and will lavish Nordic detective fans with gripping bestsellers in the future as well. Leena Lehtolainen’s books have sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide and her crime novels will also be published in France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey and Poland, according to previous agreements. All in all, Leena Lehtolainen’s books are presently being translated into 19 languages.

The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency is Finland’s foremost international literary agency, representing Finnish and other Nordic writers and publishers in the international markets, as well as foreign authors, publishers and agents in the Nordic Countries. The Elina Ahlback Literary Agency has been collaborating with Tammi Publishers, Leena Lehtolainen’s publisher in Finland, since the beginning of March 2010.

More information: Elina Ahlbäck, Literary Agent, CEO, tel. +358 400 548 402

About author

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.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

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.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music and follows lynx trails in the forests – just like Maria Kallio.


2023, Crime & Suspense

A Crossing in the Darkness

Leena Lehtolainen

2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen

2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen

2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen

2019, Crime & Suspense


Leena Lehtolainen

2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen

2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen

2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen

2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen

2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen

2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen

2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen

2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen

2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen

2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen

2008, Crime & Suspense


Leena Lehtolainen

2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen

2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen

1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen

1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen

1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen

1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen

1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen

1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen