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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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 Ripple Effect was published in August 2020. It is already the 15th book of the very popular Maria Kallio series that has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide!

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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.


Leena Lehtolainen

The Ripple Effect

2020, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Killer's Girlfriend

2018, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Charm of Ice

2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the tiger

2016, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil's Cubs

2012, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

The Nightingale Murder

2005, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Below the Surface

2003, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go

2000, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

1997, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

1995, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

1994, Crime & Suspense

Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

1993, Crime & Suspense

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