Original title: Käärmeiden maa
Author: Eeva Louko
Publisher: FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
Genre: Crime & Suspense
English synopsis & sample
The second title in the Ronja Vaara crime series from the rising star of Finnish crime literature takes the reader to the shadows of a pulsing summer night.
A late spring heat wave caresses the people of Lauttasaari, and Ronja Vaara is pleasantly busy with her new job at the local newspaper. When the body of a young woman is found on Käärmesaari (Serpent Island) near Helsinki, Ronja’s new boss senses an opportunity to make the newspaper the prime source for any information on the case. Reluctantly, Ronja contacts the chief investigator Anton Koivu, who is surprisingly willing to leak confidential information to Ronja - if she does him a favor in return.
Soon, another death shocks the people of Lauttasaari. Koivu and his team pick up the pace to solve the cases, but a surprising guest from the past throws them off balance.
This debutant has crafted a multifaceted, clever, surprising and truly entertaining plot, which is evidence of her talent for this specific genre.
– Antti Majander in Helsingin Sanomat about Murder on the Isle of Bliss
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
ESTONIA: Hea Lugu