The Focal Point

Pauliina Susi

Original title: Polttopiste

Author: Pauliina Susi

Published: 2024

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Crime & Suspense

Pages: 288

Part of a series: Tuulia Raja, Private Eye series

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English synopsis 

✓  This new series by a praised and award-winning crime author combines a murder mystery with witty dialogue and relationship drama like no other!

✓  Over 12,000 copies in the series sold in Finland!

✓  For fans of Janet Evanovich

Kisses and crimes in a hot summer town where bodies pile up faster than ice cream orders

The summer’s city festival begins on a tragic note as a young man dies of an allergic reaction in front of the private eye Tuulia Raja. The local pizzeria owners are suspected, and the residents of the small town do not react positively. Soon the situation escalates: something burns on the boulevard, and eventually, a body is found on the festival stage. Tuulia Raja’s skills are once again needed! But can she figure out who wants to destroy the summer idyll and why?

The Tuulia Raja books have charmed readers and critics alike. The murder mysteries are gripping, with exuberant humor and a dash of romance. The events take place in southern Finland, in and around the small town of Järvenpää. Each book has its own criminal case. The arc of the series centers on Tuulia, a forty-year-old flight attendant, and her progress as a professional private detective under the tutelage of her eccentric boss Yrjö Rahkonen.

The premise of a flight attendant turned private investigator is pleasantly original. The funniest aspects of the novel are the conversations between Tuulia and her senior detective mentor which remind a little bit of the 1980s hit series Moonlighting.

Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on Private Property

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

About author

Pauliina Susi

Pauliina Susi is a versatile writer who has authored a number of crime novels and a non-fiction book about private investigators. She has a master's degree in political science and she has worked as a journalist and editor at several well-known Finnish magazines.

Susi is known for her ability to incorporate current themes into her prose. Her debut novel was nominated for the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and In the Rear Window is the Winner of the Clue of the Year 2016, a recognition of the best crime fiction or detective novel of the year. The readers and critics have been charmed by her Tuulia Raja cozy crime series which combines witty language with complex relationships and intriguing murder mysteries, evoking similarities with the 1980s TV series Moonlighting.

While doing research for her novel, Susi has also become a trained private investigator herself!


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