First rights sold, German auction, TV Rights offer for WHEN THE KING DIES!

We are extremely excited to announce the first foreign deal for Elina Backman’s thriller WHEN THE KING DIES!

Varrak in Estonia is very happy to be the first foreign publisher to secure the rights for this soon-to-be international bestseller.
Varrak is the largest publisher in Estonia, and a publisher of Jo Nesbø, Lee Child, Liza Marklund, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Stieg Larsson, David Lagerkrantz, Jens Lapidus and John Grisham.

Now we can announce that we also have a first German offer and the auction there has just begun. That is not all!
We now have an offer for Film & TV rights on table. The excitement around the world is palpable!

Click here to request:

  • English synopsis
  • Author introduction
  • Media package
  • Praise sheet

English sample coming in July!

The attention this book has already gained is something we have never seen before! In a few weeks the book has climbed to no 6 in the official Finnish Bestseller list!

It has also been reviewed in the two biggest newspapers Helsingin Sanomat and Turun Sanomat, both giving it 5 stars and praising reviews! Countless bloggers have praised this – and nobody can wait for the sequel!


”Backman keeps the multiple storylines effortlessly together and builds an entertaining summery detective story. – – When the King Dies is the beginning of a new series, and it is flowy, exciting and skillfully written novel that leaves you wanting for more.”

– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, May 15th 2020


“I devoured Elina Backman’s debut novel, hoping that it never ends!”

 Turun Sanomat newspaper 9.6.


“Elina Backman’s debut works like a crime novel should: it separates you from normal life and forces you to try to solve the slowly unwinding case. Excellent literary snack!”

– Gloria magazine


”When the King Dies shows that Backman knows her genre very well. The plot moves on and the reader gets just enough clues to  keep them guessing whether they will take them closer to solving the case or are they just a decoy.”

– Tuijata. Kulttuuripohdintoja. Blog


”When the King Dies is pleasurable to read. The plot is full of surprises, a lot is going on, and there’s a great cast of characters. I thought more than once that I had guessed the ending, but I was wrong each time. The end comes with a surprise!”

– Kirjojen kuisketta blog


“When The King dies is an excellent summer crime. Short chapters, great characters, suspense, a dash of romance and the wonderful Finnish summer! Entertaining beginning of a series! This hooked me up completely. 5/5 stars!”

– Kassukan lukupäiväkirja blog

About author

Elina Backman

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Elina loves books (all sorts), traveling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally.

Her debut novel All the King's Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland and an international TV series is in development. Elina's books have sold over 100 000 copies in Finland.

Together with Heidi Holmavuo, Elina has also narrated the true crime podcast Ratkaisematon (Unsolved), which turned into a full-length audio book as the two crime writers started investigating the murder of a young girl in 1967. They were able to uncover new evidence and their research led the police to reopen the investigation. This story is narrated in the book Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo.


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