Nousiainen and Lehtolainen bestsellers of 2016!

We are very happy to report that Roots (Otava, 2016), Miika Nousiainen’s humorous novel about family and dentistry, continues its domination at the top of Finland’s bestseller list, with a massive 44,700 copies in circulation since its fall 2016 publication! Foreign rights started being snapped up pre-publication, with a total of six territories sold to date.

Recent praise for Roots:

“Roots’ undoubtable trump card is its incisive and genuine yet stylized cast of characters that create a microcosm: in essence, a portrayal of humanity and mankind.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper, Finland

“A comedian’s devices in full use.” – Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

Roots is both psychologically and philosophically well thought-out literature and, best of all, it’s very funny.” – Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland

Nousiainen weaves human life and the dental glossary together so well that I laughed out loud many times. Sometimes, the best thing in life is a well-timed anaesthetic.” Eeva magazine, Finland

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In crime and thrillers, Finland’s top crime author, Leena Lehtolainen’s newest addition to her ‘Bodyguard’ trilogy, The Eye of the Tiger (Tammi, 2016) entered the bestseller list in 2016 with an impressive 17,300 copies sold.  The Eye of the Tiger is the fourth title in the ‘Bodyguard’ series, which follows the adventures of New York-trained bodyguard, Hilja Ilverkero.

Praise for Leena Lehtolainen:

“Lehtolainen’s pen flows swiftly.” – Savon Sanomat newspaper, Finland

“Finland’s answer to Henning Mankell” Brigitte magazine, Germany

“Lehtolainen’s crime series has reached cult status already.” Bunte magazine

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Roots by Miika Nousiainen
Rights sold:
FINLAND, Otava (Original publisher)
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
GERMANY, Nagel & Kimche
ITALY, Iperborea
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
NETHERLANDS, Prometheus
SWEDEN, Brombergs

The Bodyguard trilogy by Leena Lehtolainen
Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ARMENIA, Guitank
CZECH, Argo
FRANCE, Hachette (Book 1-2)
GERMANY, Rowohlt
HOLLAND, Unieboek (Book 1)
RUSSIA, Azbooka-Atticus
SPAIN, Destino
TAIWAN, Linking
TURKEY, Nemesis
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon Crossing

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 Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer and created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, Maria Kallio is ready for a fresh launch in a TV series coming in fall 2021. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

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 like the events in Bodyguard, a trilogy 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 is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer and created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, Maria Kallio is ready for a fresh launch in a TV series coming in fall 2021. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Miika Nousiainen


Miika Nousiainen writes sharp, gentle and often tragicomical novels about surprising themes like long-distance running, the desire to be Swedish, and dentistry. He works as a journalist and writes also for television.