Third Maria Kallio novel by Leena Lehtolainen sold to Tokyo Sogensha in Japan

We are thrilled to announce that Tokyo Sogensha has acquired rights to Upwind (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998), which is already the third Maria Kallio novel by Leena Lehtolainen to be published in Japan. Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996) was published in Japan in early Spring 2013 to great reviews, and Death Spiral (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997) will be published in Fall 2013. Japanese readers will enjoy more Maria Kallio mysteries when Upwind will be publsihed in Fall 2014.

“This is a rich, rewarding book. […]” – Sunday Mainichi, Japan

“[…] It’s a tightly-plotted mystery. I cannot wait for the next volume of this series.” – J-Novel, Japan

The 12th Maria Kallio crime novel, Iron Triangle (Rautakolmio, Tammi), was published in Finland on August 8th, 2013 and it is topping all bestseller lists in Finland. Leena Lehtolainen was promoting her new book at the Academic Bookstore in Helsinki to her fans.

Leena Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio series have been sold in 28 languages so far:

lehtolainen_Japani_luminainenkansiRIGHTS SOLD: in 28 languages
World English, Amazon
Brazil, Grupo Autentica
Czech, Hejkal
Denmark, Bazar
Finland, Tammi
France, Gaïa Editions
Germany, Rowohlt
Greece, Livani
Hungary, Animus
Israel, Penn Publishing
Japan, Tokyo Sogensha
Latvia, Zvaigzne
Netherlands, A W Bruna
Norway, Bazar
Poland, Rebis
Russia, Ast
Spain, Destino
Sweden, Bazar
Taiwan, Linking
lehtolainen_AkateeminenTurkey, Bizim Kitaplar
TV rights, Studio Hamburg

Leena Lehtolainen’s works have also been published in: (rights reverted)
Albania, China, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Romanian, Slovakia, Ukraine

READING MATERIAL: Maria Kallio series
Finnish edition of Books 1-12
English edition of Books 1-3
English sample of Book 11
German edition of Books 1-11
French edition of Books 1-4

Please contact the Agency for reading materials and rights enquiries in your territory:


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