Bestselling author Leena Lehtolainen generates buzz and meets readers around the world

LehtolainenNewsletterOct222014Known best for her internationally bestselling crime fiction series, author Leena Lehtolainen generated major buzz during the Frankfurt Book Fair with her new work of upmarket women’s fiction, A Life in Six Scenes (Kuusi kohtausta Sadusta, Tammi 2014).

The novel tells the story of charismatic and temperamental artist Satu Savinainen, whose lover Heikki Sirviö adapts her life into a play. Before the play’s premiere, Satu disappears.

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“[Character] Heikki Sirviö wrestles with his own motivations, as do all authors of memoirs and biographies. What will he leave out and what will he highlight in order to tell an interesting true story? The question remains: who has the copyright to one’s own life?”
Helsingin sanomat newspaper, Finland

Lehtolainen has written more than 20 novels, and rights to her works have been sold in 29 territories. Earlier this month she participated in a crime fiction-themed discussion at the Harbour Front Literaturfestival in Hamburg, and met readers and international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Just over a week earlier she had appeared at the Festival Est-Ouest in southerastern France alongside several Finnish authors, including Johanna Sinisalo.

This Friday, October 24th, Lehtolainen will take part in a Nordic Crime Evening at Rock Café in Prague alongside Swedish author Johan Theorin. The event is part of the fifth annual Nordic Days Festival; see here for more information. On Saturday she will do a signing at the Palace of Books Luxor in Prague’s Wenceslas square.

On November 11th, Lehtolainen will visit New York for the launch of the new Helsinki Noir anthology, published by Akashic Books. See more information here. AmazonCrossing will publish Lehtolainen’s novels Snow Woman (Tammi 1996) and The Bodyguard (Tammi 2009) later this year.

RIGHTS SOLD
The Maria Kallio series:
Original publisher:
FINLAND, Tammi
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

RIGHTS SOLD
The Bodyguard Trilogy:
Original publisher:
FINLAND, Tammi
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon
ARMENIA, Guitank
CZECH, Argo
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GERMANY, Rowohlt
NETHERLANDS, Unieboek | Het Spectrum
RUSSIA, Azbooka-Atticus
SPAIN, Destino
TAIWAN, Linking
TURKEY, Nemesis

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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 29 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 from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


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

Oathbreaker

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

Derailed

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