Maria Kallio
Books in series6
UNABRIDGED
(3.8 based on 232 ratings)
  • 1
    My First Murder: Maria Kallio, Book 1 | Leena Lehtolainen

    My First Murder: Maria Kallio, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    After a student choir’s practice session at a Helsinki villa turns deadly, Detective Maria Kallio finds herself in the middle of the action - and her first murder case. Someone in the group wanted playboy Tommi Peltonen dead, but that’s one song these suspects refuse to sing. Behind the choir’s jovial facade lies bitter passion, and the victim’s seemingly perfect life hid a host of sins that made him a target of almost everyone in the villa. As a young female - and a redhead to boot - Maria knows that solving this case will help her overcome her perceived shortcoming in the eyes of her colleagues.

    Series off to a weak start

    My First Murder is Book 1 of the 6 book Maria Kallio audio series. I listened to and reviewed the other five books first. This is by far the weakest..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)
  • 2
    Her Enemy: Maria Kallio, 2 | Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman (translated)

    Her Enemy: Maria Kallio, 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman (translated)
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start - a chance to not only put her new law degree to use but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth - especially since the accused is not only the victim's fiancé but a member of Antti's family. Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime.

    All novels in this series were released...

    ...during the 1990's in the Finnish language. I have already reviewed novels 3 - 6 of the Maria Kallio series. This is novel 2. The series genre is..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 06 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)
  • 3
    Copper Heart: Maria Kallio, Book 3 | Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator

    Copper Heart: Maria Kallio, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Former police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her tiny Finnish hometown of Arpikylä without looking back. But even though Maria despises the small town and the acrid smell from its now-closed copper mine, when Arpikylä's sheriff asks her to serve as deputy sheriff for the summer, she agrees. What should have been a quiet summer soon turns dramatic - and deadly. Meritta, an outspoken local artist, plunges to her death from the copper mine's tower, and Maria immediately suspects someone helped her fall.

    Leena Lehtolainen is a great storyteller

    This is my third audio book by Finish author Leena Lehtolainen in the Maria Kallio series. I'm not listening to the books in order. The series books..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 02 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)
  • 4
    Snow Woman: Maria Kallio, Book 4 | Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator

    Snow Woman: Maria Kallio, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When the well-known director of a women's retreat center goes missing, Espoo Police Detective Maria Kallio is called to investigate. As the missing woman's friends and family quickly become the pool of suspects, Maria must soften her tough interrogation style to uncover the information she needs to solve the crime. Meanwhile, a killer Maria put in prison escapes and sets out to take revenge.

    Good police mystery with excellent narration!

    Snow Woman is set in Finland and was written by a Finnish author. It is a very good police mystery. It is Book 4 in the series.

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    Reviewed on April 28 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)
  • 5
    Death Spiral: Maria Kallio, Book 5 | Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator

    Death Spiral: Maria Kallio, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Noora Nieminen was destined to become a world champion. But when the sixteen-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates, her promising career is unexpectedly cut short. Detective Maria Kallio is seven months pregnant, but that isn't going to stop her from putting everything she has into solving the murder. With a promotion on the line and her arrogant adversary, Pertti Ström, vying for the new job, Maria is determined to make an arrest.

    Great murder mystery!

    A 16 year old wold class figure skater is brutally murdered near her home in Finland. Her body is placed in the trunk of a car in a parking deck. Sa..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 02 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)
  • 6
    Fatal Headwind: Maria Kallio Mystery Series, Book 6 | Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator

    Fatal Headwind: Maria Kallio Mystery Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    After months of maternity leave, tough-talking Espoo police detective Maria Kallio is ready to return to work. But before assuming her new post as head of the Violent Crime Unit, she vacations with her husband and daughter on the island of Rödskär. There Kallio learns that, one year earlier, her ex-boyfriend Harri had mysteriously fallen to his death from the isle's steep and treacherous cliffs.

    Excellent story with ourstanding narration

    Fatal Headwind is the most recent novel in the 6 book Maria Kallio series. I've now completed Books 3-6, will soon listen to Books 1& 2, and look for..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2016 by Wayne (Matthews, NC)