Leena Lehtolainen’s second Maria Kallio crime novel HER ENEMY published in the US!

We are thrilled to announce that Leena Lehtolainen’s Her Enemy (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994) has been published in the US by Amazon Crossing to great reviews.  This second installment in the internationally bestselling Maria Kallio series was chosen for a “Summer Mystery and Thriller” campaign in the US. Third Maria Kallio crime novel Copperheart (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995) will be published in Fall 2013 in the US.

Reviews : Her Enemy by Leena Lehtolainen

“A strong lead character—obstinate, fearless, smart Maria Kallio—makes up for the rocky plot of Lehtolainen’s second mystery featuring the former cop and novice lawyer (after 2012’s My First Murder). Kallio, who practices near Helsinki, gets deeply involved in the murder of Armi Mäenpää, a recent acquaintance strangled outside her own home.“
– Publishers Weekly

“This book is awesome and intense it has action and adventure but also has some mystery in it and kind of keeps you thinking like what’s going to happen next. If you’re the kind of person who loves mystery or action adventure then get this book it is incredible. You might become addicted! (…) Has a flowing writing style, interweaving the different characters and subplots, to a suspenseful finale. Would recommend.”
– Goodreads.com, MaryAnn Koopmann. 

“There’s a lot going on, making this a fast, absorbing crime novel. I’m hoping the rest of this series is translated into English soon!  Owen Whitesman has done an excellent job with the translation, making the book easily readable by an American audience.“
– Stacia the Bookworm

“I read this book in 2 days and very much enjoyed it. I found the pace tight and the character development nicely textured for a mystery novel. I would definitely seek out this author and buy her works once translated into English. I can usually figure out an ending of a mystery and I was surprised.”
– Quickbeam, Oconomowoc, WI USA,  Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program

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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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