We are thrilled to announce that Eeva Louko’s debut thriller MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS has been sold in two auctions!
The Italian rights were acquired by Newton Compton Editori, part of the Mauri Spagnol Publishing Group, who are also the publishers of Ann Cleeves, Stuart MacBride and Elina Backman. The deal was closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Agency.
The Polish rights were sold to the publishing house Czwarta Strona, the crime imprint at Poznańskie also the publisher of Ruth Ware and Ann Cleeves in Poland. The deal was closed by Toomas Aasmäe at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
“Murder on the Isle of Bliss is an intriguing opening of the series: the island setting, three girlfriends who solve the murder mystery, hidden emotions that simmer just under the surface of everyday life. The characters seem to fall deeper and deeper into the past, at the same time trying to come to terms with the present relationships. Everyone may turn out to be a suspect. A great, very atmospheric book!”
– Paulina Surniak, Rights Manager, Czwarta Strona
Previously, the German rights were to Heyne Verlag in an auction and the Estonian rights pre-empted by Hea Lugu. In Finland, the book has sold over 10,000 copies in 2 months.
Rights are still available in the US & UK, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Denmark etc.
This is the thriller of the London season!
It’s gray, cold and rainy October in Helsinki, with autumn storms picking up the pace. On a beach on the Island of Lauttasaari a dead man’s body is found, starting off this Nordic Crime series by a debut author Eeva Louko.
Eeva Louko’s Island of Bliss offers a highly atmospheric setting and an elaborate web of relationships that we, as readers, need to untangle in order to discover the dark truth behind the blissful façade. I love that everything in this book is personal and I’m convinced that this series has a huge potential to fascinate German readers.
– Janina Dyballa, Editor, Heyne Verlag, Germany
This debutant has crafted a multifaceted, clever, surprising, and truly entertaining plot, which is evidence of her talent for this genre.
– Antti Majander, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper
MURDER ON THE ISLE OF BLISS
by Eeva Louko
Father found dead by the shore. A community where everyone knows everyone. Secrets of the past. Will the answers be found before it is too late?
After living abroad for many years, thirty-something Ronja returns to her childhood home in Lauttasaari, Helsinki after her father is found murdered by the seaside. Welcoming her back are a group of old friends whom it’s both comforting and painful to see again, and the young police officer assigned to the case who does not seem to be doing his work properly.
Unsatisfied with the police, Ronja decides to start investigating the background of her distant father. In the process she uncovers the old secrets of the community that have been kept under wraps until now, and puts her own life on the line. When everyone knows everyone, each person becomes a suspect.
Otava, January 2022, 396pp
ESTONIA: Hea lugu
GERMANY: Heyne Verlag
ITALY: Newton Compton
POLAND: Czwarta Strona/Poznańskie