The Maria Kallio Series

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 484 ratings

My First Murder Publisher's Summary

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. But as the case takes startling twists and turns, and friends and foes become interchangeable, will she be able to piece together the clues before the killer strikes again?

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  • Book 1

    • 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. 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.

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

    • By Sires on 01-11-13

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  • Book 2

    • 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 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    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.

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

    • By Wayne on 12-06-16

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  • Book 3

    • 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 54
    • 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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series!

    • By KMargi on 04-18-16

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  • Book 4

    • 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. 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.

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

    • By Wayne on 04-28-16

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  • Book 5

    • 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. 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great murder mystery!

    • By Wayne on 05-02-16

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  • Book 6

    • 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, 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.

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

    • By Wayne on 12-05-16

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  • Book 7

    • 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 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    When Petri Ilveskivi is murdered in the street on his way to a city-planning meeting, Maria Kallio, commander of Espoo's Violent Crime Unit, and her team are first on the scene. Almost immediately, her focus is on the band of skinheads who brutally attacked the Finnish commissioner and his husband three years earlier. Did they finally finish the hate crime they started? But the trail soon reveals a web of lies - secrets Petri was keeping from even those closest to him - and a long list of suspects.

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

    • By Wayne on 04-26-17

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  • Book 8

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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. The victim is ID'd as Annukka Hackman, wife of a prominent publisher and author of an upcoming unauthorized tell-all book on Sasha Smeds, Finland's celebrated racing rally driver. Almost as soon as the inquiry starts, it goes off the rails, as those connected to Annukka - and to Smeds - seem to have more secrets than they have alibis.

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

    • By Wayne on 11-09-17

    Regular price: $17.49

  • Book 9

    • The Nightingale Murder

    • By: Owen F. Witesman - translator, Leena Lehtolainen
    • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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. The next day her suspicions grow when celebrity call girl Lulu Nightingale is murdered during a live television broadcast. The victim's clients included some of the top names in Finnish society, but the list of suspects is longer: her infatuated bodyguard, a suicidal TV producer, and a talk-show host with political aspirations.

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

    • By Wayne on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $17.49