Several international editions of Death in Twilight Grove (Teos 2013), Book I in Minna Lindgren’s bestselling and critically acclaimed Twilight Grove Trilogy, are launching this spring. The satirical mystery trilogy follows a group of bright and inquisitive ladies in their 90s in and around a Helsinki retirement home.
In Estonia, Varrak published Death in Twilight Grove in January, while in Spain, Suma de Letras /Penguin Random House will publish in May of 2015. In Finland the much-awaited third entry in the series, The End of Twilight Grove (Teos 2015) will hit bookstores in April. Book II in the trilogy, Escape from Twilight Grove (Teos 2014) was a critical and commercial darling, and was nominated for the prestigious Runeberg Prize.
In France, Calmann-Lévy will launch the trilogy in early April, while in Italy Marsilio will publish Death in Twilight Grove in May. In the Czech Republic, publication is scheduled for fall 2015 by Albatros Media/XYZ.
Next year will see the debut of Death in Twilight Grove by by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in Germany, as well as by Pan Macmillan in the UK, which will publish the trilogy as Death in Sunset Grove, Escape from Sunset Grove and The End of Sunset Grove. See here for a story on Pan Macmillan’s World English acquisition in The Independent!
Praise from international publishers:
“The central characters [Siiri and Irma] are both funny and endearing and they make for an interesting detective duo! I’m delighted to be publishing this trilogy,”
–Natasha Harding, Pan Macmillan, UK
“[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 Jonas Jonasson’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and much more than this.”
-Francesca Varotto, Marsilio, Italy
“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
“The Twilight Grove Trilogy presents a unique blend of charm, mystery, heartache and wit: Minna Lindgren has created a group of endearing, unforgettable characters, in the company of whom we feel comfortable enough to dwell on the hardest subjects – ageing, illness, death – and this is no mean feat! She is a keen observer of our time, a hilarious one to boot, and she will make you long for things past that you had completely forgotten about.”
–Deborah Kaufmann, Calmann-Lévy, France
“Death in Twilight Grove is a wonderful read for its charming main characters, gripping plot, and the descriptions of the city of Helsinki.”
-Maarja Kaaristo, Varrak, Estonia
About the Twilight Grove trilogy:
In Death in Twilight Grove (Teos 2013), Siiri, Irma and Anna-Liisa discover that their home, a Helsinki retirement community called Twilight Grove, is an optimal environment for both smaller swindles and larger criminal activities.
The second entry, Escape from Twilight Grove (Teos 2014), sees our heroines moving to an apartment in the Hakaniemi neighbourhood as roommates. A fishy plumbing renovation at Twilight Grove evokes suspicions of more crimes taking place, but the real crimes may actually be happening elsewhere.
The final part in the trilogy, The End of Twilight Grove (Teos, 2015), marks a return to the retirement community. But the place no longer feels like home, and 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. Legal justice is also served – in unexpected ways.
About the author:
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. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).
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Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/XYZ
ESTONIA, Varrak (Part I)
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
SPAIN, Suma de Letras /Penguin Random House
WORLD ENGLISH, Pan Macmillan
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English sample of book 1
English synopses of books 1-3
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