Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"Her Enemy," by Leena Lehtolainen

In this mystery/thriller, part of a translation from Finnish of the popular Maria Kallio crime series, red-headed sleuth Maria investigates a death by strangling - and must defend the accused killer even though she has become romantically involved with one of his relatives.

Her Enemy (The Maria Kallio Series), by Leena Lehtolainen

"This well-written mystery novel begins with intriguing plot developments which pull the reader into the story. One suspects everybody as the author weaves a story around almost every character as a potential suspect. It's very interesting to have as the detective seeking the killer a young lawyer, Maria, a former police officer, who has an overwhelming police instinct for what to do next when at a complete loss. The author has a lot of compassion, and that are unusual sexual practices and lots of charming Finnish culture and nature, a surprisingly great combination. I had no difficulty from not having read the first book in this series. Despite the large cast and hard Finnish names I had no trouble keeping the characters straight because of the "cast of characters" at the back of the book." -- Amazon reviewer

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 fiancĂ©, 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. While Antti’s relative may have some peculiar sexual tendencies, Kallio doubts that the man she’s agreed to defend is capable of the crime. To crack the case, Kallio will have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society…and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.
Her Enemy, the latest addition to Lehtolainen’s bestselling crime series, sends intrepid Detective Kallio into the dark side of human passion.

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Leena Lehtolainen was born in Vesanto, Finland, to parents who taught language and literature. A keen reader, she made up stories in her head before she could even write. At the age of ten, she began her first book, a young adult novel, and it was published two years later. Besides writing, Leena is fond of classical singing, her beloved cats, and--her greatest passion--figure skating. She attends many competitions as a skating journalist and writes for the Finnish figure skating magazine Taitoluistelu. Her bestselling Maria Kallio series has been successfully adapted for Finnish television. Leena currently lives in Finland with her husband and two sons.

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