Leena Lehtolainen’s worldwide success

We are thrilled to share great news about Leena Lehtolainen’s worldwide success:

The Brazilian Portuguese rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio crime novels My First Murder and Snow Woman have been acquired by Autêntica/Nemo.

The World English rights to the Maria Kallio series and The Bodyguard Trilogy are previously sold to Amazon Publishing – My First Murder will be published in the US in December 2012. The Bodyguard Trilogy will be launched in 2013.

The Bodyguard Trilogy was recently sold to Hachette Livre in France where the publication of The Bodyguard is planned for Spring 2013. In Russia Azbooka-Atticus will publish The Bodyguard Trilogy from 2013 onwards, and in The Netherlands Unieboek | Het Spectrum bought the Dutch rights of The Bodyguard also for publication in 2013.

The rights to Leena Lehtolainen’s crime novels are now sold in 26 languages:

Rights sold:

WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon Publishing
CZECH, Hejkal
FRANCE, Gaïa Editions
GERMANY, Rowohlt/Kindler
ISRAEL, Penn Publishing
ITALY, Fanucci
JAPAN, Tokyo Sogensha
NETHERLANDS, A W Bruna/Signatuur
ROMANIA, Hardcover & Paperback
SPAIN, Destino
SWEDEN, Albert Bonniers Förlag
TAIWAN, Linking Publishing
TURKEY, Bizim Kitaplar

*Leena Lehtolainen’s works have previously been published in: ALBANIA, CHINA (Simplified Chinese), ESTONIA, LITHUANIA, SLOVAKIA, UKRAINE

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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 29 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