FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Argument Verlag
UNITED STATES: Amazon Publishing
Original title: Kuparinsydän
Author: Leena Lehtolainen
Genre: Crime & Suspense
Part of a series: Maria Kallio series
Arpikylä is Maria Kallio’s childhood hometown, a quiet mining city in North Karelia. Maria has returned to enjoy some relaxed country living as the temporary summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, Johnny, and then by the body that is found at the base of the mine tower. Was the dead woman, local artist Meritta Flöjt, pushed from the tower?
The crime plays havoc with both the gold medal pursuits of javelin-thrower Kaisa Miettinen and the business activities of entrepreneur Seppo Kivinen. The case takes Maria from the pinnacle of the tower into the bowels of the mine, from a strip club into the secret lives of her schoolmates. And soon the same copper hearts are dangling from Maria’s ears as from the murdered woman’s . . .