Five star reception for Leena Lehtolainen’s Copper Heart!

Lehtolainen_Cover_Copper Heart_(c) Amazon Crossing 2013We are thrilled to share the first enthusiastic reviews of Leena Lehtolainen’s Copper Heart (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995), translated into English by Owen F. Witesman. Copper Heart was published on 12 November by Amazon and Leena has been promoting her Maria Kallio mystery series in New York this week.

Praise by US readers of Leena Lehtolainen: 5-star reviews

“Rich, Smooth Murder Mystery (…) Leena Lehtolainen’s translator, Owen F. Witesman, did a fantastic job of translating from Finnish to English; it is so good that I forgot the original story was in a different language so rich and smooth was his translation.” – Terri J. Rice

“Fast paced, well written page turner. (…) I very much enjoyed this book and felt the suspense stayed with me until the last page. I particularly embraced the local color and the regional issues that Lehtolainen weaves throughout the book. The author includes a guide to the characters in the front of the book which may be helpful to those unfamiliar with Finnish names. (…) A great read overall, I look forward to more from Lehtolainen (…).” – Quickbeam

“Great Read, Hit the Mark. This is the 3rd title in the Maria Kallio series from Finland (after My First Murder and Her Enemy). I (…) feel like she’s really hit her stride with Copper Heart.” – Ria Darling

The Maria Kallio mystery series: Rights sold in 28 languages
World English, Amazon
Brazil, Autentica
Denmark, Bazar
France, Gaia
Germany, Rowohlt
Greece, Livani
Hungary, Animus
Israel, Penn
Japan, Tokyo Sogensha
Latvia, Zvaigzne
Norway, Bazar
Poland, Rebis
Russia, Ast
Spain, Destino
Sweden, Bazar
Taiwan, Linking
Turkey, Bizim Kitaplar
TV rights, Studio Hamburg

Original publisher: Finland, Tammi

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

Reading materials:
Finnish Edition of Books 1-12
English Edition of Books 1-3
German Edition of Books 1-11
English Text of Book 11
French edition of Books 1-4

World rights and enquiries:
info@ahlbackagency.com

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.

Bibliography


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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