Leena Lehtolainen visiting New York

Lehtolainen_Ensimmainen-murhani_AMAZON_etukansiWe are thrilled to announce that Leena Lehtolainen will be in New York this week promoting her Maria Kallio mystery series.

Amazon has so far published My First Murder (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993), Her Enemy (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994) and Copper Heart (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995) to great reviews and sales. The fourth Maria Kallio novel Snow Woman (Luminainen, Tammi 1996) will be published in 2014.

Leena’s American and English-speaking readers can order their signed copies of Maria Kallio mystery novels now from The Mysterious Bookshop where she will stop by and sign her books on Wednesday 20th November from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

On Wednesday 20th November at 7:30 pm Maria Kallio fans will have the opportunity to attend Leena Lehtolainen’s Book Reading at the Salmagundi Art Club.

My First Murder introduces readers to Kallio, a rookie detective in the Helsinki Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit, as she investigates her first homicide. Young, inexperienced, and female, Kallio faces the additional burden of having known the victim – a playboy with a few dark secrets – and the circle of suspects from her university days. As she doggedly pursues a series of false leads and puzzling clues, Kallio must turn her personal relationships with the group into an Lehtolainen_Her Enemy_Amazon Crossing 2013_FINAL coveradvantage to flush out the killer and prove she has what it takes for a career in the crime squad. My First Murder introduces readers to a hard-boiled yet soft-hearted new crime fiction heroine who combines the steely determination of Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander with the accessibility and personality of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.

After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start—a chance to not only put her new law degree to use, but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth – especially since the accused is not only the victim’s fiancé, but a member of Antti’s family. Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. To crack the case, she’ll have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society – and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.

Former Helsinki police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her hometown of Arpikylä without looking back. But when the town’s sheriff asks her to serve as a deputy for a few months, she agrees. What should have been a quiet summer soon turns dramatic—and deadly. Meritta, an outspoken local artist, Lehtolainen_Cover_Copper Heart_(c) Amazon Crossing 2013plunges to her death from the tower of the town’s shuttered copper mine, and Kallio immediately suspects foul play. Now Kallio must face the harsh truth that one of the town’s residents killed Meritta, and friends she has known for decades all harbor their own murderous motives—even Johnny, her gorgeous former crush who almost makes her forget about her boyfriend Antti, now studying in Chicago. The past and present of the beloved detective violently collide, leaving her future in grave danger.

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:

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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