New London deals for EALA’s international best-sellers!

New deals for SUNSET GROVE, MARIA KALLIO and THE CORE OF THE SUN!

We are thrilled to announce multiple new deals for our international best-sellers during London 2022!

Minna Lindgren’s best-selling humour trilogy SUNSET GROVE has been sold to Egypt, with Al Arabi acquiring the World Arabic Rights for the first title! We’re so happy to see “the Finnish Miss Marple” gain new friends around the world!

Furthermore, the series’ Hungarian publisher Kossuth has acquired the second title ESCAPE FROM SUNSET GROVE!

The rights have been sold in 16 territories, but are still available in Poland, Norway, Romania, Turkey, Netherlands, Albania, Korea, Indonesia, etc.

Download the full English pdfs for THE SUNSET GROVE TRILOGY by clicking here

PRAISE FOR THE SUNSET GROVE SERIES:
Death in Sunset Grove is Finnish Miss Marple
– Independent, United Kingdom

Lindgren perfectly captures the universal confusions (Siiri and Irma attend the funeral of the wrong person) and uncertainties of old age (how many of their friends will still be alive in a week to attend a reunion luncheon?) in the service of a captivating plot. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.
– Publishers Weekly, United States


 

Finland’s Bestselling Crime Writer, Leena Lehtolainen, continues to sell!

Maria Kallio series’ Arabic publisher Al Arabi has acquired the rights to the third title in the series, COPPER HEART!

Leena Lehtolainen has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide, and the Maria Kallio series is recommended by the NYT Nordic Noir Guide!

Download the full English pdfs for Maria Kallio series here! 

We’re thrilled to announce that Al Arabi also acquired the rights for the first title in Lehtolainen’s BODYGUARD series! Rights to this series have been sold to 8 countries! Download the English pdfs for books 1-3 of BODYGUARD series here! 

PRAISE FOR MARIA KALLIO SERIES: 
“A solid first in a series . . . The author does a good job integrating her dogged detective’s inner life with the murder inquiry.”
– Publishers Weekly on My First Murder

“Leena Lehtolainen has a winner with her debut thriller. Detective Maria Kallio deserves a place alongside literature’s best tough but vulnerable female detectives.”
– Mystery Scene Magazine


New deal for Finlandia-prize winning author of Finnish Weird, Johanna Sinisalo! 

We’re excited to announce we’ve sold the World Arabic Rights for Johanna Sinisalo’s THE CORE OF THE SUN for Al Arabi! The strong, thriller-like scifi title has beensold to 9 territories. Rights are still available in Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania, Italy etc.

Download the full English pdf for THE CORE OF THE SUN from here!

PRAISE FOR THE CORE OF THE SUN: 
“An intoxicating book, sizzling to look at and as spicy as a hot pepper.”
Weltexpress (Germany)

“Sinisalo’s latest novel, The Core of the Sun, brings up for discussion a sharp-eyed vision of a country where well-being has been cemented with totalitariasm. (–) The novel launches Sinisalo firmly to the core of the Finnish Weird. (–) For me, the novel was at its best when describing alternative Finland and Tampere in the throes of health fascism. Constructed with great detail, Sinisalo’s alternative society lingers on the reader’s mind.”
– Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

DEATH IN SUNSET GROVE
Kuolema ehtoolehdossa
Teos 2013, 305pp

ESCAPE FROM SUNSET GROVE
Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset
Teos 2014, 256pp

THE END OF SUNSET GROVE
Ehtoolehdon tuho
Teos 2015, 289pp

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)

CZECH REPUBLIC: XYZ
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
ESTONIA: Varrak
FRANCE: Calmann-Lévy
GERMANY: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
GREECE: Enalios
HUNGARY: Kossuth
ISRAEL: Yedioth Books
ITALY: Marsilio
LATVIA: Pētergailis
LITHUANIA: Obuolys
SLOVAKIA: Albatros Media Slovakia s.r.o.
SPAIN: Santillana
SWEDEN: Norstedts
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Pan Macmillan

FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios


MARIA KALLIO SERIES 

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia
GERMANY: Rowohlt
GERMANY: (Audio): Finch & Zebra
GREECE: Livani
ISRAEL: Penn
JAPAN: Tokyo Sogensha (Books 1-6)
LATVIA: Zvaigzne
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing

FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/Cmore


BODYGUARD SERIES

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ARABIC: Al Arabi
ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: ARGO spol. s r. o.
RUSSIA: Azbooka-Atticus
TURKEY: Nemesis Yayıncılık A.Ş.
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon


THE CORE OF THE SUN 
Auringon ydin, Teos 2013
340pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ARABIC: Al Arabi
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
GERMANY: Klett-Cotta
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media Group Kft.
LATVIA: Izdevnieciba Petergailis SIA
SPAIN: Roca
TURKEY: Ithaki Yayinlari
UNITED STATES: Grove Atlantic USA

About author


Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia-Prize winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017.

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

About author


Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove trilogy, which has been sold to 17 territories, and the final part, The End of Sunset Grove, was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written three standalones: Angry Widow (2018), A Far Far Love (2019) and Hope Never Dies (2020).

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.

Amazing week for the Finnish #1 Bestselling Crime Author – Leena Lehtolainen!

THE LYNX FACTOR now #1 title in Finland and two new deals for her in Germany!

Leena Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer, known for her Maria Kallio and Bodyguard series that are both successful in Finland and internationally.

Her novels have been translated into 30 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

We are really happy to announce that Leena Lehtolainen’s German publisher Rowohlt has now acquired both THE LYNX FACTOR, the 5th title in the Bodyguard series, and the upcoming 16th title in her Maria Kallio series

German praise for THE LYNX FACTOR:

In her new case, we travel with bodyguard Hilja to the far reaches of Lapland, to a place that looks harmless but turns out to be more dangerous than expected. What is so special about this great text is not only the main character Hilja, for whom this journey will be more than a simple job, but also the spectacular scenery that awaits us in Lapland.  We are incredibly excited about this text and are thrilled to be able to publish it in Germany.
– Lea Daume, Editor, Rowohlt, Germany

That is not all for THE LYNX FACTOR! Today, the official Finnish bestseller list announced that it was also the #1 Fiction title in Finland in August!

Read more about both of the series below and feel free to ask for English materials!


THE BODYGUARD SERIES
by Maria Kallio

The Bodyguard Series stars a New York-trained bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

The series has 7 international publishers, but the rights are still available in Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Netherlands etc.

Download the reading materials for Bodyguard series here.

BOOK I: THE BODYGUARD: In Russia, when bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero’s client is killed, Hilja becomes a suspect. She sets out to prove her innocence, but soon realizes that someone is after her.

BOOK II: THE LION OF JUSTICE: Hilja visits her lover, David Stahl in Italy where he is hiding from a Belorussian mobster. After he suddenly disappears, Hilja returns to Finland to help out a former client.

BOOK III: THE DEVIL’S CUBS: At the wedding of Hilja’s client, uninvited guests show up. A mystery soon begins to unravel and hidden truths are revealed: Hilja comes face-to-face with horrific events from her childhood.

BOOK IV: THE EYE OF THE TIGER: When the 92-year-old textile industry magnate Lovisa Johnson, who lives in a mansion that’s rumored to be haunted, offers Hilja a job as her bodyguard, she does not hesitate. Johnson is childless, but her grandnephews and -nieces are eager for their cut of the inheritance.BOOK IV:

BOOK V: THE LYNX FACTOR: Hilja Ilveskero is hired for a secret nature holiday center for the super-rich in Eastern Lapland called Ilvesvaara. The owner of the place fears the worst security threat is coming from the inside. When millionaire Aku mysteriously disappears, everyone in the resort comes under suspicion, including Hilja. Why doesn’t Aku’s wife want to report the disappearance to the police? Why did so many people in Ilvesvaara know Aku?

 


The Maria Kallio mysteries follow the career of a tough, down-to-earth and emotionally intelligent police officer who starts working in the Helsinki violent crimes unit. Every book centers around a murder, but there are also elements of social issues, and through the series Maria’s personal development is present, as we follow her struggle to balance police work and motherhood.

There are 11 Maria Kallio titles in English, and in the US, only Jo Nesbø has more translated crime titles than Lehtolainen.

The rights are currently available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, Netherlands etc.

Maria Kallio just had a fresh launch in a Finnish TV series premiering in August 2021.

Download the reading materials for Maria Kallio series here.

THE BOOKS:

#1 MY FIRST MURDER (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993, 251 pp.

When a member of a student choir is found dead, young police sergeant Maria Kallio is given the opportunity to prove herself.

#2 HER ENEMY (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994, 244 pp.)

Maria Kallio has left the Helsinki police force to work for a law office. When a new acquaintance is found strangled in her home, Maria is pulled back into the world of criminal investigation.

#3 COPPER HEART (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995, 248 pp.)

Maria has returned to her old home town to serve as the summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, and then by the discovery of a body.

#4 SNOW WOMAN (Luminainen, Tammi 1996, 352 pp.)

Elina Rosberg, the director of a women’s therapy center disappears. Clues point to murder, and the list of suspects includes participants of the current therapy group.

#5 DEATH SPIRAL (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997, 359 pp.)

A 16-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates.

#6 FATAL HEADWIND (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998, 348 pp.)
Maria Kallio spends a weekend on the island of Rödskär, where one of her former boyfriends fell to his death. Soon another man loses his life.

#7 BEFORE I GO (Ennen lähtöä, Tammi 2000, 375 pp.)

An openly homosexual Green Party politician is savagely beaten: was this a personal grudge, a random act of violence or a hate crime?

#8 BELOW THE SURFACE (Veren vimma, Tammi, 2003, 314 pp.)

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—with a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case.

#9 THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER (Rivo Satakieli, Tammi, 2005, 346 pp.)

When well-known prostitute Lulu Nightingale is murdered on live television, Maria dives into the convolutions of sex for hire and politics.

#10 DERAILED (Väärän jäljillä, Tammi, 2008, 378 pp.)

Maria Kallio is called back to investigate the murder of a sports official. The case appears to connect to recent threats against a journalist and a track-and-field doping scandal. A new house and an opportunity to play bass in a rock band with some other cops add some light to Maria’s life.

#11 WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE (Minne tytöt kadonneet, Tammi, 2010, 342 pp.)

After returning from Afghanistan with a heavy heart, Maria Kallio starts investigating the mystery of several missing immigrant girls, and one of them turns up dead.

#12 THE IRON TRIANGLE (Rautakolmio, Tammi 2013, 352 pp.)

Two bodies turn up wrapped in plastic out in the archipelago: the man was shot and the woman drowned.

#13 A STROKE OF SADNESS (Surunpotku, Tammi 2015, 432 pp.)

The dead body of a diamond dealer is found at a church. The murderer appears to also have stolen a set of diamonds. The hunt leads the police into an international web of crime.

#14 THE END OF INNOCENCE (Viattomuuden loppu, Tammi, August 2017, 457 pp.)

Maria begins work in a new unit investigating crimes commited by and affecting minors and youths. When the body of a recently-released serial sex crimes offender is found in an abandoned traffic park in Espoo, Maria has a homicide investigation on her hands.

#15 RIPPLE EFFECT (Jälkikaiku, Tammi, August 2020, 450 pp.)

Maria and her team are assigned to investigate a rape of a young woman when things start to heat up. The accused rapist is a young man with an immigrant background, which causes a lot of racism and heated discussions in the papers and media.

Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?

Rights sold for the Bodyguard series:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

ARMENIA: Guitank Publishing
CZECH REPUBLIC: ARGO spol. s r. o.
GERMANY: Rowohlt
RUSSIA: Azbooka-Atticus
TURKEY: Nemesis Yayıncılık A.Ş.
UNITED STATES: Amazon Publishing

 

Rights sold for Maria Kallio series:

Original publisher: FINLAND: Tammi

ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia (Books 1-5)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing

FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/C More

Reading materials:
Book 1-11 English editions
Books 1-14 German editions
Book 15 English sample, Finnish edition

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

New tv series premiering in August based on  Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling MARIA KALLIO Series

Leena Lehtolainen is Finland’s bestselling female crime writer and she created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 15 novels and a complete TV series, Maria Kallio is ready for a fresh launch in a TV series premiering in August 2021. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 30 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Each episode of the new tv series is based on author Leena Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio crime novel that goes by the same name.

The C More original series Maria Kallio is a new ten-episode drama series about a policeman (Elena Leeve) who’s dreaming about a career as a solicitor but ends up being the boss of the homicide unit. In her crime scene investigator’s work she is able to put the raw stuff she encounters to the side but in her private life she struggles with hardening herself emotionally while her partner Antti dreams of a family. The tight-knit work collective turns out more often to be closer for her than her own partner; especially the intense relationship with her work partner Koivu provides support in the tight spots.

Starring Elena Leeve as Maria Kallio herself, and in other main roles Leo Honkonen, Markus Järvenpää, Matleena Kuusniemi, Petteri Summanen, Alex Anton, Roosa Söderholm, Matti Leino and Carl-Kristian Rundman. The series can be viewed on the C More streaming service starting from August 19th. On MTV, the series will be seen at a later date.

The series has been produced for C More and MTV by Jarowskij Finland Oy. The Director is Jojo Erholtz and the screenwriter Eriikka Etholén-Paju.

Maria Kallio Series has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.

  • The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio series
  • Maria Kallio TV Series premiering in August 2021 on CMore/MTV3!

There are 11 Maria Kallio titles in English, and in the US, only Jo Nesbo has more translated titles than Lehtolainen.

Ask for reading materials here.

The Maria Kallio mysteries follow the career of a tough, down-to-earth and emotionally intelligent police officer who starts working in the Helsinki violent crimes unit. Every book centers around a murder, but there are also elements of social issues, and through the series Maria’s personal development is present, as we follow her struggle to balance police work and motherhood.

THE BOOKS:

#1 MY FIRST MURDER (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993, 251 pp.

When a member of a student choir is found dead, young police sergeant Maria Kallio is given the opportunity to prove herself.

#2 HER ENEMY (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994, 244 pp.)

Maria Kallio has left the Helsinki police force to work for a law office. When a new acquaintance is found strangled in her home, Maria is pulled back into the world of criminal investigation.

#3 COPPER HEART (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995, 248 pp.)

Maria has returned to her old home town to serve as the summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, and then by the discovery of a body.

#4 SNOW WOMAN (Luminainen, Tammi 1996, 352 pp.)

Elina Rosberg, the director of a women’s therapy center disappears. Clues point to murder, and the list of suspects includes participants of the current therapy group.

#5 DEATH SPIRAL (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997, 359 pp.)

A 16-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates.

#6 FATAL HEADWIND (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998, 348 pp.)
Maria Kallio spends a weekend on the island of Rödskär, where one of her former boyfriends fell to his death. Soon another man loses his life.

#7 BEFORE I GO (Ennen lähtöä, Tammi 2000, 375 pp.)

An openly homosexual Green Party politician is savagely beaten: was this a personal grudge, a random act of violence or a hate crime?

#8 BELOW THE SURFACE (Veren vimma, Tammi, 2003, 314 pp.)

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—with a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case.

#9 THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER (Rivo Satakieli, Tammi, 2005, 346 pp.)

When well-known prostitute Lulu Nightingale is murdered on live television, Maria dives into the convolutions of sex for hire and politics.

#10 DERAILED (Väärän jäljillä, Tammi, 2008, 378 pp.)

Maria Kallio is called back to investigate the murder of a sports official. The case appears to connect to recent threats against a journalist and a track-and-field doping scandal. A new house and an opportunity to play bass in a rock band with some other cops add some light to Maria’s life.

#11 WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE (Minne tytöt kadonneet, Tammi, 2010, 342 pp.)

After returning from Afghanistan with a heavy heart, Maria Kallio starts investigating the mystery of several missing immigrant girls, and one of them turns up dead.

#12 THE IRON TRIANGLE (Rautakolmio, Tammi 2013, 352 pp.)

Two bodies turn up wrapped in plastic out in the archipelago: the man was shot and the woman drowned.

#13 A STROKE OF SADNESS (Surunpotku, Tammi 2015, 432 pp.)

The dead body of a diamond dealer is found at a church. The murderer appears to also have stolen a set of diamonds. The hunt leads the police into an international web of crime.

#14 THE END OF INNOCENCE (Viattomuuden loppu, Tammi, August 2017, 457 pp.)

Maria begins work in a new unit investigating crimes commited by and affecting minors and youths. When the body of a recently-released serial sex crimes offender is found in an abandoned traffic park in Espoo, Maria has a homicide investigation on her hands.

#15 RIPPLE EFFECT (Jälkikaiku, Tammi, August 2020, 450 pp.)

 

THE MARIA KALLIO SERIES
by Leena Lehtolainen
Tammi

Rights sold:
Contact us for rights availability of the Maria Kallio Series in your territory!

Original publisher: FINLAND: Tammi
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia (Books 1-5)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing

FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/C More

Reading materials:
Book 1-11 English editions
Books 1-14 German editions
Book 15 English sample, Finnish edition

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

GERMAN AUDIO RIGHTS sold to Leena Lehtolainen’s bestselling MARIA KALLIO Series and BODYGUARD Series!

We are very excited to announce that German Audio book rights to internationally bestselling MARIA KALLIO books 1-15 and THE BODYGUARD books 1-4 by Finland’s #1 female crime writer Leena Lehtolainen have been sold to Finch & Zebra in collaboration with Lehtolainen’s German publisher Rowohlt. Leena Lehtolainen’s crime novels have sold over 2.5  million copies worldwide.  Finch & Zebra is a digital audiobook label and they work in cooperation with Apple Books. Congratulations, Leena Lehtolainen and her German Publishers!

”I am very happy that our long-time, successful crime novelist Leena Lehtolainen will soon be available to audiobook listeners with all her volumes. It is something very special to be able to sell such an extensive series in one deal. It shows that Finch & Zebra believes in the titles and thinks they are fantastic – as do many fans”.

– Katrin Seele, Audio Rights Manager, Rowohlt Verlag, Germany

Maria Kallio Series has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.

  • The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio series
  • Maria Kallio TV Series premiering in August 2021 on CMore/MTV3!

There are 11 Maria Kallio titles in English, and in the US only Jo Nesbo has more translated titles than Lehtolainen.

The Maria Kallio mysteries follow the career of a tough, down-to-earth and emotionally intelligent police officer who starts working in the Helsinki violent crimes unit. Every book centers around a murder, but there are also elements of social issues, and through the series Maria’s personal development is present, as we follow her struggle to balance police work and motherhood.

#1 MY FIRST MURDER (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993, 251 pp.

When a member of a student choir is found dead, young police sergeant Maria Kallio is given the opportunity to prove herself.

#2 HER ENEMY (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994, 244 pp.)

Maria Kallio has left the Helsinki police force to work for a law office. When a new acquaintance is found strangled in her home, Maria is pulled back into the world of criminal investigation.

#3 COPPER HEART (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995, 248 pp.)

Maria has returned to her old home town to serve as the summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, and then by the discovery of a body.

#4 SNOW WOMAN (Luminainen, Tammi 1996, 352 pp.)

Elina Rosberg, the director of a women’s therapy center disappears. Clues point to murder, and the list of suspects includes participants of the current therapy group.

#5 DEATH SPIRAL (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997, 359 pp.)

A 16-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates.

#6 FATAL HEADWIND (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998, 348 pp.)
Maria Kallio spends a weekend on the island of Rödskär, where one of her former boyfriends fell to his death. Soon another man loses his life.

#7 BEFORE I GO (Ennen lähtöä, Tammi 2000, 375 pp.)

An openly homosexual Green Party politician is savagely beaten: was this a personal grudge, a random act of violence or a hate crime?

#8 BELOW THE SURFACE (Veren vimma, Tammi, 2003, 314 pp.)

When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—with a bullet to the back of her head—Violent Crime Unit commander Maria Kallio, freshly back from maternity leave, is fast to get on the case.

#9 THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER (Rivo Satakieli, Tammi, 2005, 346 pp.)

When well-known prostitute Lulu Nightingale is murdered on live television, Maria dives into the convolutions of sex for hire and politics.

#10 DERAILED (Väärän jäljillä, Tammi, 2008, 378 pp.)

Maria Kallio is called back to investigate the murder of a sports official. The case appears to connect to recent threats against a journalist and a track-and-field doping scandal. A new house and an opportunity to play bass in a rock band with some other cops add some light to Maria’s life.

#11 WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE (Minne tytöt kadonneet, Tammi, 2010, 342 pp.)

After returning from Afghanistan with a heavy heart, Maria Kallio starts investigating the mystery of several missing immigrant girls, and one of them turns up dead.

#12 THE IRON TRIANGLE (Rautakolmio, Tammi 2013, 352 pp.)

Two bodies turn up wrapped in plastic out in the archipelago: the man was shot and the woman drowned.

#13 A STROKE OF SADNESS (Surunpotku, Tammi 2015, 432 pp.)

The dead body of a diamond dealer is found at a church. The murderer appears to also have stolen a set of diamonds. The hunt leads the police into an international web of crime.

#14 THE END OF INNOCENCE (Viattomuuden loppu, Tammi, August 2017, 457 pp.)

Maria begins work in a new unit investigating crimes commited by and affecting minors and youths. When the body of a recently-released serial sex crimes offender is found in an abandoned traffic park in Espoo, Maria has a homicide investigation on her hands.

#15 RIPPLE EFFECT (Jälkikaiku, Tammi, August 2020, 450 pp.)

Ask for reading materials here.

 

THE BODYGUARD SERIES

A thrilling series with a complex female protagonist, New York-trained bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero. 

The newest instalment in the Bodyguard crime series coming in September 2021! This book is the fifth title in the Bodyguard Series:

ILVESVAARA (Bodyguard Series #5 NEW)
deals with secrets of the super-rich in a claustrophobic space in Lapland by Finland’s bestselling female crime writer

Hilja Ilveskero is hired for a secretive nature holiday center of the super-rich in Eastern Lapland called Ilvesvaara. The owner of the place fears the worst security threat comes from the inside. Arriving in Ilvesvaara, Hilja notices that this is not just an ordinary spa hotel, but a luxurious theme park, where wildlife roams freely and is accessible to only eight guests at a time. Millionaire Aku Rautio is also due to appear soon. Hilja is already familiar with the man, as she has once spent a hectic night with him. When Aku then mysteriously disappears everyone in the resort comes under suspicion, including Hilja.

THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Bodyguard Series #4)
When the 92-year-old textile industry magnate Lovisa Johnson offers Hilja a job as her bodyguard, she does not hesitate. The businesswoman lives in a mansion that’s rumored to be haunted, after all. Johnson is childless, but her grandnephews and -nieces – a doctor, an oil industry lobbyist, a security guard and a clairvoyant – are eager for their cut of the inheritance. A combination of a mansion mystery and a fast-paced thriller, the novel is an anticipated new entry in the series.

THE DEVIL’S CUBS (Bodyguard Series #3)
When uninvited guests show up at the wedding of a Finnish businessman and his Russian girlfriend for whom Hilja Ilveskero is working, an international mystery begins to unravel. Hidden truths are revealed, and soon Hilja comes face-to-face with an unthinkable tragedy from her childhood: the murder of her mother.

THE LION OF JUSTICE (Bodyguard Series #2)
Hilja Ilveskero is visiting her lover David Stahl in Italy, where he is hiding from a Belorussian mobster. After David suddenly disappears, Hilja is forced to return to Finland to work for her former client who owns a restaurant. When someone begins threatening the business, Hilja is drawn into a web of international crime.

THE BODYGUARD (Bodyguard Series #1)
In the first book, Hilja’s client conducting real estate business in Russia is killed, and she is suspected of murder. She sets out to prove her innocence – both to the authorities and to herself. Going underground, she soon realizes that someone is after her. Can she trust anyone, even the people closest to her – and what is the price of betraying, or saving, another person?

English reading materials available from the link here.

THE MARIA KALLIO SERIES
by Leena Lehtolainen
Tammi

Rights sold:
Contact us for rights availability of the Maria Kallio Series in your territory!

Original publisher: FINLAND: Tammi
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia (Books 1-5)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing
FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/C More

Reading materials:
Book 1-11 English editions
Books 1-14 German editions
Book 15 English sample, Finnish edition

THE BODYGUARD SERIES
by Leena Lehtolainen
TammiRights sold:
Contact us for rights availability of the Bodyguard Series in your territory!Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon (Books 1-3)
GERMANY, Rowohlt (Books 1-4)
Reading materials:
Finnish edition
English edition
German edition

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists. In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

 

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

Elisa Audio Book Award Winners 2020

We are proud to announce that our authors Elina Backman and Leena Lehtolainen are both Winners of the Elisa Audio Book Award 2020. Congratulations, Elina and Leena!

Elina Backman won the category of the Best Newcomer of the Year with her bestselling crime novel WHEN THE KING DIES (orig. Kun kuningas kuolee, Otava 2020) – already sold to 10 territories and TV rights optioned by Aurora Studios.

“Backman redeems her place among the top Finnish detective writers with this novel. The clever plot hooks you immediately, and the mystery untangles piece by piece until the surprising end. We can hardly wait for the sequel!” – Helena Niemelä, Business Director of Elisa Kirja

Leena Lehtolainen won the category of the Best Crime Novel of the Year with RIPPLE EFFECT (orig. Jälkikaiku, Tammi 2020) , which is the 15th book in the Maria Kallio series. Leena’s books have been translated to over 30 languages, and sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide! TV series based on Maria Kallio series will be released in 2021 by MTV/C More.

Ripple Effect is a cleverly constructed police novel that mediates perfectly balanced between the character’s relationships, everyday police work, and exciting action. Lehtolainen manages to move the story smoothly forward, and the details that are gradually revealed keeps the reader interested.” – Matti Järvinen, Vice president of The Finnish Whodunnit Society

About author


Elina Backman

Elina Backman is an author and a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki. Elina loves books (all sorts), traveling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally.

Her debut novel All the King's Men was published in 2020 and immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The Havas series is now a best-selling series in Finland, with All the King's Men sold in 15 territories to-date, and an international TV series is in development.

Together with Heidi Holmavuo, Elina has also narrated the true crime podcast Ratkaisematon (Unsolved), which turned into a full-length audio book as the two crime writers started investigating the murder of a young girl in 1967. They were able to uncover new evidence and their research led the police to reopen the investigation. This story is narrated in the book Unsolved - The Case of Elli Immo.

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

TV Series based on Finland’s bestselling Maria Kallio crime series goes to production! Worldwide sales over 2.5 million copies!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we’ve sold TV rights to Finland’s bestselling Maria Kallio crime series, written by Leena Lehtolainen: MTV3/C More. will release the TV show at the end of 2021. Filming of the beloved Maria Kallio detective series starts in Finland in the fall 2020. The title role of the series is played by Elena Leeve (Sunnuntailounas, Onnela) and other roles include Leo Honkonen, Petteri Summanen, Kristian Rundman and Matti Leino.

The upcoming production will start from Lehtolainen’s first Maria Kallio book, My First Murder, in which young Maria Kallio is still considering career-related issues. Directed by Jojo Erholtz and written by Eriikka Etholén-Paju. The series will be filmed towards the end of the year.

The new Maria Kallio novel RIPPLE EFFECT was published in Finland some weeks ago, and already more than 25,000 copies have been sold. Leena Lehtolainen is one of Finland’s most popular writers, and is known for her Maria Kallio and Bodyguard series. Worldwide her books have sold over 2.5 million copies, and her books have been translated into 30 languages. In addition to Finland, United States and Germany are other important markets for Lehtolainen’s books. There are 11 Maria Kallio titles in English, and in the US only Jo Nesbo has more translated titles than Lehtolainen.

Reading materials:

Book 1-11 English editions
Books 1-14 German editions
Book 15 English sample, Finnish edition

Rights sold:
Contact us for rights availability of the Maria Kallio Series in your territory!

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Pegasus
FRANCE: Gaia (Books 1-5)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing

FILM & TV RIGHTS: MTV3/C More

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen’s RIPPLE EFFECT is now published

We have excellent news for crime fiction enthusiasts around the world!

Leena Lehtolainen’s RIPPLE EFFECT, Maria Kallio novel #15 (Jälkikaiku, Tammi) has now been published in Finland and is already hitting the bestseller lists – with Maria Kallio TV series in development!

The title is already #1 most requested title in Finnish libraries and just received an amazing five-star review from Finland’s biggest daily Helsingin Sanomat.

“RIPPLE EFFECT is a familiar and persuasive crime novel in which the author appropriately describes the private lives of her main characters and examines the refugee issue and the difficulties of transgender people in the world on an equal footing;

“At the end of the novel, humanity and its diversity are defended in a beautiful way.”

– Helsingin Sanomat five-star review 09.08.2020

Ask for English materials of RIPPLE EFFECT by clicking here.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Detective Maria Kallio is getting ready for her daughter’s graduation when her cat brings her a human ear. She takes it to the forensic lab and doesn’t think any more of it. Maria and her team are assigned to investigate a rape of a young woman when things start to heat up.

The accused rapist is a young man with an immigrant background, which causes a lot of racism and heated discussions in the papers and media. Angry fathers are organizing a street patrol to keep their daughters safe, and when Rahim is released from the police station, his safety is not guaranteed.

Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Finland’s bestselling female crime writer for over 30 years, Leena Lehtolainen has published 14 Maria Kallio novels, and the 15th book RIPPLE EFFECT has now been published in August 2020.

Maria Kallio series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and there is a TV Series in development.

Ask for English materials of Maria Kallio series by clicking here.

The bestselling Maria Kallio Series, which has brought an enthusiastically received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio.

In the US, 11 Maria Kallio novels have been published so far by AmazonCrossing, and in Germany  Rowohlt has published all 14 Maria Kallio novels.

The rights for the Maria Kallio series are now available in AzerbaijanBrazil,  Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Vietnam, World Spanish, and more!

Rights sold for
RIPPLE EFFECT

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
TV rights: Maria Kallio TV series in development

 

Ask for Maria Kallio series rights in your territory!

Rights available in: Brazil,  Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Vietnam, World Spanish, and more!

Ask about series rights and English materials of Maria Kallio series by clicking here.

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

German rights sold to Leena Lehtolainen’s forthcoming bestseller RIPPLE EFFECT

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Rowohlt acquires German rights to Leena Lehtolainen forthcoming Maria Kallio novel Ripple Effect (Maria Kallio #15), to be published in August 2020 in Finland by Tammi Publishers. Rowohlt has previously published all the books in the Maria Kallio series.

“With her usual cleverness Leena Lehtolainen combines a gripping new Maria Kallio case with highly relevant social topics such as identity, racism, sexism, and the need for more tolerance.  Perceptive and enthralling!”
– Dinah Sophie Fischer, Editor, Rowohlt, Germany

Maria Kallio Series is the most succesful Finnish book series in the world with over 2 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.
Only Jo Nesbo has more titles translated to English than Leena Lehtolainen. Already 11 Maria Kallio books are available in English, all published by Amazon Crossing.

Ripple Effect, Maria Kallio #15

Maria is getting ready for her daughter’s graduation when her cat brings her a human ear. She takes it to the forensic lab and doesn’t think any more of it.

Maria and her team are assigned to investigate a rape of a young woman when things start to heat up. The accused rapist is a young man with an immigrant background, which causes a lot of racism and heated discussions in the papers and media. Angry fathers are organizing a street patrol to keep their daughters safe, and when Rahim is released from the police station, his safety is not guaranteed.

Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?

Author bio:
LEENA LEHTOLAINEN published her first book, a young adult novel, at the age of 12 in 1976. The 1993 book My First Murder kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series: The bestselling Maria Kallio Series, which has brought an enthusiastically received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. Lehtolainen has been Finland’s bestselling female crime writer for over 30 years with over 2 million copies of her work sold worldwide!  11 Maria Kallio novels have been published in the US so far, and her works has been published in 30 language altogether.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
GERMANY: Rowohlt
TV rights: Maria Kallio tv series in development

Reading materials:
RIPPLE EFFECT, Maria Kallio Book #15: English sample, synopsis, Finnish pdf

Reading materials:
Maria Kallio Books 1-11: English editions
Maria Kallio Books 1-14: German editions.

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

Maria Kallio and Daniel Kuisma are conquering the world!

This Friday we have excellent news for crime fiction enthusiasts!

Leena Lehtolainen’s Maria Kallio series has now another language! Arabic rights for the first title MY FIRST MURDER were acquired by Al Arabi Publishing.
Finland’s bestselling female crime writer for over 30 years, Leena Lehtolainen has published 14 Maria Kallio novels, and the 15th book will be published in August 2020. Maria Kallio series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and there is a TV Series in development.

Ask for English materials of Maria Kallio series by clicking here.

The bestselling Maria Kallio Series, which has brought an enthusiastically received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio.

In the US, 11 Maria Kallio novels have been published so far by AmazonCrossing, and in Germany  Rowohlt has published all 14 Maria Kallio novels.
The rights for the Maria Kallio series are now available in AzerbaijanBrazil,  Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Vietnam, World Spanish, and more!


Nordic crime series are getting more attention and international sales!

THE DANIEL KUISMA TRILOGY by internationally bestselling Max Seeck has now been acquired by Muza in Albania.

Muza are also Albanian publishers of Max’s recent international phenomenon FAITHFUL READER  that has sold to 38 territories since September 2019.

Ask for English materials of Daniel Kuisma trilogy by clicking here.

‘The Angels of Hammurabi’, the first book of Max Seeck’s Daniel Kuisma trilogy, is an intense and cinematic thriller, that immerses the reader in a mystical and dark world. The second book ‘The Mephisto Touch’ had the excitement intensified, while developing the side characters, giving the reader the expression of a crime and adventure combination. The third, and last, book of the trilogy, ‘Call of Hades’ is thrilling.
The author’s skill to develop characters, makes them realistic enough to engage the readers mind. The plot development is an amazing experience, intriguing the readers to ‘solve’ the mystery.

– Irini Plaka, Muza publishing, Albania

Ask for Maria Kallio rights in your territory!

Rights available in: AzerbaijanBrazil,  Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Vietnam, World Spanish, and more!

 

Rights sold for Daniel Kuisma series:

FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)

ALBANIA:Muza
ESTONIA, Pegasus
GERMANY, Blanvalet
ICELAND, Forlagid
ITALY, Newton Compton
SLOVENIA, Didakta

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

About author


Max Seeck, New York Times Best Selling Author

Max Seeck - New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WITCH HUNTER.

“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers,” announced Iltalehti newspaper, when Max’s debut novel was published in 2016. Four years and four books later, Max Seeck’s novels have been sold to more than 40 countries, including US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Nordic countries and as far as Korea!

His debut trilogy following protagonist Daniel Kuisma sold over 40,000 copies in Finland. His new Jessica Niemi series landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list! In Faithful Reader, AKA The Witch Hunter (US title), book 1 of the Jessica Niemi series, Helsinki Police Detective Jessica Niemi hunts an occultist serial killer. In Evil’s Net, AKA Ice Coven, Jessica and her team follow clues hidden on Instagram to solve the disappearance of a young influencer and a manga artist.

Max Seeck is currently working on the fourth book of the Jessica Niemi series, which is to be published in Finland in fall 2022.

Max Seeck has a background in sales and marketing, and has lately been able to dedicate his time to his lifelong love of writing. His interests include well-conducted research, reading Nordic Noir and listening to movie soundtracks as he writes.

Copper Heart sold to Estonia and A Killer’s Girlfriend published in Finland!

We’re very glad to share more news regarding Leena Lehtolainen’s beloved crime novels.

A distinctively female take on the Nordic crime genre by Finland’s #1 bestselling female crime author with over 2 million copies sold worldwide and rights sold in 29 languages, her first Maria Kallio novel was published 25 years ago. Still our favorite lady cop keeps topping bestseller lists and charming readers. “Leena Lehtolainen is the flagship name for ’Finland-Crime’,” wrote Hellweger Anzeiger in Germany.

Lehtolainen’s newest book, A Killer’s Girlfriend, was published in early August to the delight of her devoted fans. It is a short story collection featuring the loved protagonists of her Maria Kallio and The Bodyguard books but expands also into mystery and ghost stories.

How does a librarian become a killer’s girlfriend? Is love stronger than death, and can a child have three fathers? The capturing stories take their characters in unexpected situations and don’t let the reader off the hook.

“Fans of Leena Lehtolainen will find many delightful encounters in these stories, but on the other hand this collection is a brilliant reminder of the fact that ‘the queen of detective novels’ handles many other literary genres in addition to crime,” wrote Amman lukuhetki blog of the collection.

While we’re eagerly waiting for more news from Hollywood, where a production company has optioned the Maria Kallio series to be developed into a TV series, new deals are being struck on the translation sales side. Pegasus in Estonia will continue publishing the Maria Kallio novels with the third book in the series, Copper Heart.

Copper Heart is a brilliant holiday read! It’s really hard to put it down. Copper Heart makes you look forward to the next Maria Kallio cases,“ said Tiiu Kraut, editor at Pegasus, Estonia.

Ask us for reading materials for Leena Lehtolainen’s books!

RIGHTS SOLD (Maria Kallio series):
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
BRAZIL, Autentica
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FRANCE, Gaia
GERMANY, Rowohlt
GREECE, Livani
ISRAEL, Penn
JAPAN, Tokyo Sogensha
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
RUSSIA, Ast
TAIWAN, Linking
WORLD ENGLISH, Amazon Crossing
TV RIGHTS, Hollywood production co. (TBA)

About author


Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

Lehtolainen created her successful protagonist, detective Maria Kallio, in 1993. Having already featured in 16 novels and a complete TV series, a new Maria Kallio TV reboot series was launched in Fall 2021 on C More. Lehtolainen’s novels have been translated into 29 languages and have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

And just like the events in Bodyguard, a that takes the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland, and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

The Crossing of the Green Dragon is her first title for YA audiences.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio.

Bibliography


2022, Young Adult (13 or 14+)

The Crossing of the Green Dragon

Leena Lehtolainen


2021, Crime & Suspense

The Lynx Factor

Leena Lehtolainen


2020, Crime & Suspense

The Ripple Effect

Leena Lehtolainen


2019, Crime & Suspense

Oathbreaker

Leena Lehtolainen


2018, Crime & Suspense

The Killer's Girlfriend

Leena Lehtolainen


2017, Crime & Suspense

The End of Innocence

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, General Nonfiction, Memories & Biographies

The Charm of Ice

Leena Lehtolainen


2016, Crime & Suspense

The Eye of the Tiger

Leena Lehtolainen


2015, Crime & Suspense

A Stroke of Sadness

Leena Lehtolainen


2013, Crime & Suspense

The Iron Triangle

Leena Lehtolainen


2012, Crime & Suspense

The Devil's Cubs

Leena Lehtolainen


2011, Crime & Suspense

The Lion of Justice

Leena Lehtolainen


2010, Crime & Suspense

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

Leena Lehtolainen


2009, Crime & Suspense

The Bodyguard

Leena Lehtolainen


2008, Crime & Suspense

Derailed

Leena Lehtolainen


2005, Crime & Suspense

The Nightingale Murder

Leena Lehtolainen


2003, Crime & Suspense

Below the Surface

Leena Lehtolainen


2000, Crime & Suspense

Before I Go

Leena Lehtolainen


1998, Crime & Suspense

Fatal Headwind

Leena Lehtolainen


1997, Crime & Suspense

Death Spiral

Leena Lehtolainen


1996, Crime & Suspense

Snow Woman

Leena Lehtolainen


1995, Crime & Suspense

Copper Heart

Leena Lehtolainen


1994, Crime & Suspense

Her Enemy

Leena Lehtolainen


1993, Crime & Suspense

My First Murder

Leena Lehtolainen

Happy New Year: January’s non-fiction news

Happy New Year! We are back from the holidays, ready for 2018, and glad to share news about our latest deals, this time on the non-fiction front.

As Katja Pantzar puts the finishing touches to her part-memoir, part-guidance Finding Sisu, due to be published in original English in March 2018, new deals have been struck for the book. Jaffa Kiadó and Hojosha acquired the Hungarian and Japanese language rights respectively, which ring in the 13th and 14th deals for the book.

“A book filled with the tips to live an open-minded and joyful life. What’s more, they are all easy and amazingly economical! I’d like to recommend this book to Japanese people who are used to spending money on interior activities, so that they’ll remember the vastness of the sky and how comfortable it is to be outside. Perhaps the onsen (hot spring) -loving Japanese folks might even feel like to jump into cold water after reading this book!?” said Japanese Hojosha on acquisition.

Also, a new book answering to the growing demand for children’s non-fiction, What Is the Night?, written by Laura Ertimo and illustrated by Satu Kontinen, has been sold to the prestigious CITIC Press in China. Over four, beautifully illustrated chapters What is the Night? spins a captivating tale of true facts interspersed with myths and legends: a bedtime book for knowledge-hungry kids and a literary tonic for insomniacs or those afraid of the dark.

Additionally, new foreign editions of our non-fiction titles have been published around the world. The Tove Jansson biography Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen has been published in Russian, The Sauna Cookbook by Katariina Vuori, Janne Pekkala and Vesa Ranta in Hungarian, and The Charm of Ice – a book on figure skating by Leena Lehtolainen, Kaisa Viitanen and Elina Paasonen – in Japanese.

Let us know if you’d like to receive English language materials for any of these titles by clicking here.

FINDING SISU rights sold:
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FINLAND, Siltala
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY, Jaffa Kiado
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
JAPAN, Hojosha
NETHERLANDS, Kosmos
POLAND, WUJ
RUSSIA, AST
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder/Hachette (WE) (orig. publisher)
US, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House

WHAT IS THE NIGHT? rights sold:
CHINA, CITIC Press
FINLAND, Myllylahti (orig. publisher)

TOVE JANSSON: WORK AND LOVE rights sold:
CHINA, Shanghai Cai Qin Ren Culture Diffusion
ESTONIA, Varrak
FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Swedish)
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
GERMANY, Urachhaus
JAPAN, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
NORWAY, Heinesen
RUSSIA, AST
SWEDEN, Norstedts
WORLD ENGLISH, Penguin

THE SAUNA COOKBOOK rights sold:
ESTONIA, Pegasus
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
GERMANY, btb Luchterhand
HUNGARY, Corvina Kiadó

THE CHARM OF ICE rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (orig. publisher)
JAPAN, Sunmark