The international success of Minna Lindgren’s Twilight Grove Trilogy (Teos) continues. We are thrilled to announce that Santillana has purchased the World Spanish rights to the trilogy, while Varrak has acquired the Estonian rights to the first book, Death in Twilight Grove (Kuolema Ehtoolehdossa, Teos 2013).
Rights to The Twilight Grove Trilogy were previously sold to Marsilio in Italy and Kiepenheuer & Witsch in Germany.
The humorous and critically acclaimed mystery series narrates life inside and around a retirement home through the eyes of three bright, spirited and inquisitive ladies in their 90s. If you enjoyed Miss Marple, recent Academy Award nominee Nebraska or the bestselling The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, you will fall in love with The Twilight Grove Trilogy.
“Witty and funny, and despite its serious topic, a page turner. It’s a candidate for topping bestseller lists and still has a serious message: that dignity is not negotiable.”
-Helga Frese-Resch, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Germany
“[Death in Twilight Grove] is a clever mystery novel that brilliantly combines thriller with comedy. There’s suspense in it, and there’s warmth. By reading you will hear echoes of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and much more than this.”
-Francesca Varotto, Marsilio, Italy
RIGHTS SOLD: THE TWILIGHT GROVE TRILOGY
ESTONIA, Varrak (Part I)
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Film rights: Yellow Film & TV
English sample and synopses
The Twilight Grove Trilogy: a summary
In Death in Twilight Grove, the 90-something characters of Siiri, Irma and Anna-Liisa discover that their home, a retirement community called Twilight Grove, turns out to be an optimal environment for both smaller swindles and larger criminal activities. The first entry in the trilogy is a suspense novel into which friendship and love bring a sense of warmth.
The second part, Escape from Twilight Grove (working title, Teos, May 2014), sees our heroines moving to a downtown Helsinki apartment as roommates. A fishy plumbing renovation at Twilight Grove evokes suspicions of more crimes taking place. The death of two people close to them forces these friends to contemplate questions of euthanasia, at-home care and terminal care.
In the final part in the trilogy, The End of Twilight Grove (working title, Teos, 2015), Twilight Grove has turned into a state-funded, technology-driven pilot project in elderly care. The conclusion brings together characters lost along the way, and murky details are brought to light. A natural, long-awaited death finally collects some, but still not all, of our main characters.
Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music and culture. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).
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