REVENGE (THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #1) by Kaisu Tuokko nominated for the BookBeat Newcomer of the Year Award!

We are thrilled to let you know that Kaisu Tuokko’s bestselling debut thriller REVENGE (THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #1) has been nominated for the BookBeat Newcomer of the Year Award! 

Since 2020, the audio- and e-book streaming platform BookBeat has given out awards for the Finnish newcomer of the year and the Finnish crime author of the year. The winner of the Finnish Newcomer of the Year Award will be decided based on audiobook streaming/download data and reviews, and the winner will be announced during the Helsinki Book Fair in late October.

THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #1: REVENGE has become a bestseller in Finland: it has sold close to 10,000 copies in just four months, it continues on the Finnish bestseller charts, and it has received excellent reviews!

THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS will eventually comprise six titles and the series is perfect for fans of Viveca Sten, Camilla Läckberg, Mari Jungstedt, and Åsa Larsson!

Download the materials for THE KRISTINESTAD MURDERS #1: REVENGE here!

The Kristinestad Murders #1: Revenge

Kaisu Tuokko

The peace of the idyllic seaside town Kristinestad is broken in the first installment of an addictive new crime series.

The body of a young man is discovered in the sea, and the criminal investigator Mats Bergholm is responsible for the case. At the same time, journalist Eevi Manner is sent to dig out a scoop of the event for the local newspaper. Both are surprised to find each other on the grim beach: the two have a past together – a past which they now need to set aside to solve the case.

Eevi is contacted by a young woman, and it becomes clear that the death is just one link in a chain of events unfitting the picturesque town. The full picture becomes clearer and clearer, although the secrets of the locals are buried deep. Social media and recordings can offer help in solving the case, but the lies and muddy memories of the people involved cast doubts in every direction.

Perfect for fans of Viveca Sten and Camilla Läckberg, this opening of the new KRISTINESTAD MURDERS crime series follows in the footsteps of strong female crime authors, offering gripping crime plots and interpersonal drama.

Otava, 2023, 298 pp.

English sample and synopsis

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

About author

Kaisu Tuokko

Kaisu Tuokko’s aim is to create a series where interpersonal relationships and the idyll of a small town are mixed with cruel events – using psychological tension to build stories about how badly we know the families or friends of our neighbors, of our loved ones. Everyone has secrets, but some of them are more dangerous than others.

Tuokko loves the stories of strangers, secrets of small towns, rainy autumn evenings, and the Swedish language. She lives in Helsinki, and has named her main character after her grandparents.


2024, Crime & Suspense


Kaisu Tuokko

2023, Crime & Suspense


Kaisu Tuokko