Leena Lehtolainen
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Leena Lehtolainen

Leena Lehtolainen is Finland's bestselling female crime author - all of Lehtolainen's crime novels have reached the top ten of the Finnish bestseller list. Lehtolainen first reached international acclaim for her hit detective series starring Maria Kallio, which she began with My First Murder in 1993. Her distinctively down-to-earth heroine brought a woman's perspective to the male-dominated detective genre. The twelfth book in the series, Rautakolmio (Iron Triangle), was published in Finland in August 2013. In 2009 Lehtolainen started a trilogy of tongue-in-cheek international thrillers starring Hilja Ilveskero, a female bodyguard.

In a mere twenty years, Lehtolainen has become a classic of Nordic crime literature. She's been called "Finland's answer to Henning Mankel" (Brigitte), while her Maria Kallio series has been ascribed "cult status" (Bunte). Lehtolainen has twice won the Finnish Whodunit Society's annual prize for the best Finnish crime novel (1997, 1998) and has been nominated for the prestigious Glass Key award for the best Nordic crime novel (2003). Readers as well as critics around the world have discovered Lehtolainen's detective novels--to date, her titles have sold over 2 million copies in 29 languages including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, and Chinese, and the Kallio series has been adapted for television.

In addition to her career as a crime writer, Lehtolainen has worked as a literary researcher, columnist, and critic. In her free time, she enjoys all kinds of music from 1970s punk to Bach--just like Maria Kallio. Lehtolainen currently lives in Finland with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, she is fond of classical singing, her beloved cats, and--her greatest passion---figure skating.

Learn more about Leena Lehtolainen here: http://www.leenalehtolainen.fi/
http://www.ahlbackagency.com/aba_authors/lehtolainen-leena/

Photo Credit: Charlotta Boucht

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Best Sellers

    • Death Spiral

    • Maria Kallio, Book 5
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great murder mystery!

    • By Wayne on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Nightingale Murder

    • By: Owen F. Witesman - translator, Leena Lehtolainen
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    A grievously mutilated young woman arrives at the hospital in Espoo, Finland - only to vanish without a trace. Though the victim refused to identify herself, Violent Crimes Unit Commander Maria Kallio suspects she's connected to the city's sex-worker underworld. Her suspicions grow....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Maria Kallio suspense mystery Book 9

    • By Wayne on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Before I Go

    • Maria Kallio, Book 7
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    A fierce detective risks everything to unravel a tangle of secrets and corruption protecting a killer in this spellbinding seventh mystery in the tension-filled Maria Kallio series....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rock solid suspense thriller!

    • By Wayne on 04-26-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Fatal Headwind

    • Maria Kallio Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story with ourstanding narration

    • By Wayne on 12-05-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Below the Surface

    • The Maria Kallio Series, Book 8
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When a woman's body turns up in a lake - 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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent Maria Kallio detective novel

    • By Wayne on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $17.49

    • My First Murder

    • Maria Kallio, Book 1
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • First Published 1993 So Expect Some Social Change

    • By Sires on 01-11-13

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Derailed

    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    After surviving a terrifying assault during her last investigation, Maria Kallio traded in her badge for a comfortable desk job. But when the head of social affairs for the Finnish Athletics Federation is murdered - the victim of an apparent poisoning - Maria is drawn back in....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Copper Heart

    • Maria Kallio, Book 3
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    Former police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her tiny Finnish hometown of Arpikylä without looking back....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series!

    • By KMargi on 04-18-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Her Enemy

    • Maria Kallio, 2
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman (translated)
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 66

    Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All novels in this series were released...

    • By Wayne on 12-06-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Snow Woman

    • Maria Kallio, Book 4
    • By: Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman - translator
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    When the well-known director of a women's retreat center goes missing, Espoo Police Detective Maria Kallio is called to investigate....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good police mystery with excellent narration!

    • By Wayne on 04-28-16

    Regular price: $10.49

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