Much like a Saturday-afternoon marathon of CSI, nothing captivates your attention (for hours on end) quite like a page-turning mystery. Throw in a murder case, a young female protagonist and plenty of grit, and you’ve got yourself an instant guilty pleasure.
Finnish author Leena Lehtolainen has woven it all into her recently translated novel, My First Murder--the first installment of her best-selling series about rookie detective Maria Kallio.
At a standstill in her own personal life, the humorous (albeit naive) Maria has just been assigned her first homicide investigation. The victim is a young man by the name of Tommi Peltonen, who was found floating facedown by the water’s edge of his Helsinki villa after a weekend retreat with his choir group. At first Tommi’s death seems like an accident, but as Maria delves deeper, she begins to uncover the dark secrets of the tight-knit group and even the victim’s unsavory past.
To get glimpses into the Finnish culture and a jarring depiction of crime investigations abroad, follow along as Maria trails the case and struggles to carve her own path.
The book is conveniently available on Kindle and in paperback, so the only thing left to do is find a comfy spot on the couch.