Maria Kallio celebrates her 20th anniversary today!

During the last weekend, Leena Lehtolainen attended the  Beijing Literary Festival and Shanghai Literary Festivals and promoted her Maria Kallio series featuring the female detective.

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 The book contains two previously unpublished Maria Kallio stories!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!

READING MATERIALS:
Finnish editions
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!

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 Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer and created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, Maria Kallio is ready for a fresh launch in a TV series coming in fall 2021. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

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 like the events in Bodyguard, a trilogy 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 is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer and created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, Maria Kallio is ready for a fresh launch in a TV series coming in fall 2021. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Bibliography


Leena Lehtolainen

The Lynx Factor

2021, Crime & Suspense


Leena Lehtolainen

The Ripple Effect

2020, Crime & Suspense


Leena Lehtolainen

Oathbreaker

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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