CRIME & SUSPENSE
KUN KUNINGAS KUOLEE
Otava, May 2020, 495 pp.
English sample, synopsis, media kit
Book #2 in June 2021
When the King Dies
by Elina Backman
Beginning of a new detective series – already an international hit!
- Rights sold to 10 countries and counting.
- Immediate bestseller in Finland! Amazing reviews!
- International TV series in development!
Saana has been fired from her job as a click-bait journalist, so she decides to spend a summer with her aunt in a small-town Hartola. It sounds like a perfect opportunity to take it easy and recover. But when Saana begins to dig into a case of a teenage girl who died 30 years earlier, the peace of the small town is shaken.
Meanwhile in Helsinki a fire-marked body is be found at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, and crime investigator Jan Leino and his team have a new case in their hands. However, the investigation isn’t going anywhere, and Jan fears that the murder at King’s Gate a is just the beginning…
Saana and Jan continue working on their own cases until their paths cross – for more than one reason.
“A Star is Born.” – Iltalehti, Finland
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada
ESTONIA: Varrak (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Piper Verlag (2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij/Cargo (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Cappelen Damm (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Czarna Owca
SWEDEN: Bokfabriken (2-book-deal)
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Aurora Studios
Tammi, September 2020, 395 pp.
Finnish edition, Full English translation in October 2020
by Max Seeck
Detective Jessica Niemi has to follow clues hidden on Instagram to save the life of a missing blogger. But is it already too late?
Chilling Nordic Noir with hooks and twists that won’t let you put the book down!
- A standalone sequel to Faithful Reader – rights sold to 40 countries and Hollywood
Detective Jessica Niemi and her team have a new mystery on the table: a young woman’s corpse has been found on an icy beach, and two famous Instagram influencers have gone missing at the same time. One of the missing bloggers is a manga artist, and the dead woman found on the beach is dressed in a manga outfit – the two cases seem to be strangely connected.
While following the clues that are hidden deeply in Instagram Jessica struggles to keep her head clear. She keeps having repeating nightmares about her mother. And she has a feeling that something really awful is approaching her from the darkness…
PRAISE FOR MAX SEECK:
“I was convinced that Max did not just want to tell a dramatic story. I was certain that he had a vision. A vision to add something extraordinary to the world of thrillers and crime fiction, something that I have not seen in a suspense novel for many, many years. Bastei Lübbe is proud and honored to share Max‘ vision as his German publisher.” – Marco Schneiders, Publishing Director, Bastei Lübbe AG, Germany
“One of the best suspense books I have read. Ever. Absolutely thrilling, well-written and oh-so-hard-to put down. Read it! – Emelie Schepp, award-winning, internationally bestselling Swedish author
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
BELGIUM: A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (2-book deal)
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book deal)
GREECE: Livani (2-book deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book deal)
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book deal)
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book deal)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book deal)
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book deal)
UNITED KINGDOM: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book deal)
Faithful Reader a.k.a.
The Witch Hunter
by Max Seeck
A book-inspired serial killer is on the loose. Jessica Niemi – a detective with a mysterious past – steps up. A chase for the faithful reader has begun.
- International sensation! Sold to 40 countries and Hollywood!
Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate an unordinary murder case. The wife of a famous writer, Roger Koponen, seems to have been killed in a bizarre ritual. As more ritual murders occur, it becomes obvious that Jessica is after a serial killer. But the murders are not random – they follow a pattern taken from Roger’s bestselling trilogy. Has a fan gone mad, or is this case more personal?
“ The cat-and-mouse play works! The chaser becomes the chasee in this skillfully written thriller with remarkably good ending.” – Turun Sanomat newspaper
”Seeck has a new style. The Faithful Reader switches from high-octane international excitement to a psychological thriller featuring horror elements.” – Kansan Uutiset newspaper
“The suspense in this book is the creeping kind, one that makes the reader stay up all night and fear their own shadow. The atmosphere keeps thickening towards the end and the tension builds up until we come to the dramatic end.” – Iltalehti newspaper
”What a creepy and well-written thriller! Max Seeck definitely knows how to create tension. I couldn‘t help but rushing through the pages once I started reading this amazing novel – with a very fascinating detective Jessica Niemi and her team. And I loved the setting: Finland in wintertime! It backs up the scary atmosphere in a perfect way. Let’s say it in short: THE FAITHFUL READER is a stirring read!” – Claudia Müller, Editorial Director Fiction, Bastei Lübbe, Germany
“When I was reading THE WITCH HUNTER (a.k.a. Faithful Reader), I was thoroughly transported by the ice-cold Scandinavian setting and all the incredibly creepy twists and turns. Max Seeck deftly weaves a police procedural with fascinating occult elements and fully realized, compelling characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Michelle Vega, Senior Editor, Berkley, An imprint of Penguin Random House, USA
“Even though the weather’s getting colder, we guarantee that the chills you’ll feel running down your spine will be from Max Seeck’s intriguing thriller; so buckle up and get ready for a breathtaking ride as you’ll race against the clock along with detective Jessica Niemi to put together the pieces of this mysterious and deadly puzzle. “ – Alexandra Dram, Rights manager, Litera Publishing house, Romania
“Max is a true master of suspense and when we read THE FAITHFUL READER it was clear that this was meant to be a drama series full of sharp twists and surprises. He’s drawn a dark and terrifying world with a mysterious lead in the center of the storm. This one will keep you up at night.” – JP Sarni, Stampede Ventures’ Head of International Content and Worldwide Content Acquisitions, Los Angeles
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ARABIC: Arab Scientific Publishers (World Arabic)
BELGIUM, A.W. Bruna (2-book deal)
BULGARIA: EMAS (2-book-deal)
CANADA: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Grada (2-book-deal)
DENMARK: Gutkind (2-book-deal)
ESTONIA: Pegasus (2-book-deal)
ISRAEL: Tchelet Books
FRANCE: Michel Lafon (2-book-deal)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (2-book-deal)
GREECE: Livani (2-book-deal)
HUNGARY: Animus (2-book-deal)
LATIN AMERICA: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji (2-book-deal)
LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos
MACEDONIA: Matica (2-book-deal)
NETHERLANDS: A.W. Bruna (2-book-deal)
NORWAY: Aschehoug (2-book-deal)
POLAND: Sonia Draga (2-book-deal)
PORTUGAL: Bertrand Editora (2-book-deal)
ROMANIA: Litera (2-book-deal)
SERBIA: Vulkan (2-book-deal)
SLOVENIA: Didakta (2-book-deal)
SPAIN: Editorial Maeva/Maeva Noir
SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers Förlag
TURKEY: Doğan Kitap
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH: Welbeck Publishing UK (2-book deal)
UNITED STATES: Berkley/Penguin Random House (2-book-deal)
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Stampede Ventures (Greg Silverman)
Tammi, 2016, 416 pp.
Tammi, 2017, 408 pp.
Tammi, 2018, 400 pp.
Book 1: Full English PDF
Books 2-3: English samples & synopses
Book 2: Italian edition
Daniel Kuisma Trilogy
by Max Seeck
Jo Nesbø meets Apocalypse Now in the Balkans: An action-packed page-turner about revenge, war, international crime – and love.
- Over 40.000 copies sold in Finland!
- The debut thriller of the year winner!
#1 ANGELS OF HAMMURABI
An employee of the Finnish Embassy in Zagreb goes missing. The local police has no leads, and Daniel Kuisma from the Finnish Defence Forces is sent to investigate, along with Annika Lehto from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The investigation gets unexpectedly complicated when the mysteries of the past start to unravel on the stony shores of the Adriatic Sea. Kuisma knows Croatia like the back of his hand from his days as a peacekeeper during the Yugoslav Wars, and it seems he has been waging a war of his own ever since. What really happened twenty years ago?
#2 THE MEPHISTO TOUCH
Missing-presumed-dead Finnish diplomat, Jare Westerlund has fled from Croatia on a forged passport, leaving behind a decapitated body and his trail goes cold at Stockholm airport.
When Interpol officer Annika Lehto hears of his escape, she abandons her sick leave to go off in pursuit of Westerlund, with the aid of special forces specialist Daniel Kuisma. What follows is a dramatic chain of events, from northern Norway, to San Francisco, to The Hague, as the pair continue the chase. The further their investigations go, the clearer it becomes that the man they are after has not merely gone astray; his true nature is far worse than anyone had imagined . . .
#3 THE CALL OF HADES
Four men are executed in a Zagreb apartment. The place is owned by the U.K. government, but no one seems to know anything about the case. When Daniel Kuisma receives an unexpected guest from Southern Europe he hears something that makes him board the next plane to Zagreb: the lives of thousands of people might be at risk. Meanwhile Annika Lehto is recovering from an assault, but offers him all the help she can from her sickbed.
”The evil grows so sneakily – I have never read a Finnish thriller with this kind of suspense! Annika Lehto and Daniel Kuisma are here to stay!” – Kotivinkki
”Max Seeck’s trilogy is the best there is in the Finnish thriller field right now.” – Suomen kuvalehti
”Max Seeck’s thriller works perfectly – the trilogy comes to an end in this book that has a plausible plot and well-drawn characters. The Call of Hades is exactly as strong as its predecessors; The Angels of Hammurabi and The Mephisto Touch, and it is a perfect combination of spy story and action thriller.” – Helsingin Sanomat daily newspaper
“Another star has been added to the firmament of thriller writers.” – Iltalehti
by Leena Lehtolainen
Brand new novel by Finland’s most sold female crime author! #1 most requested title in Finnish libraries!
- 15th book in The Maria Kallio Series: sold over 2 million copies worldwide, translated into 30 languages
- The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio Series
- TV Series in Development!
Maria Kallio is getting ready for her daughter’s graduation when her cat brings her a human ear. She takes it to the forensic lab and doesn’t think any more of it. Maria and her team are assigned to investigate a rape of a young woman when things start to heat up.
The accused rapist is a young man with an immigrant background, which causes a lot of racism and heated discussions in the papers and media. Angry fathers are organizing a street patrol to keep their daughters safe, and when Rahim is released from the police station, his safety is not guaranteed.
Maria and her team are working to solve a new case, but online trolls are targeting them and doing everything to distract them. But when Maria is almost killed by an earless driver, it makes her wonder if all the harassment is related to the case, or could it be something more personal?
“At the end of the novel, humanity and its diversity are defended in a beautiful way.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland
Maria Kallio series
English editions Books 1–11,
German editions Books 1–14
Maria Kallio series
by Leena Lehtolainen
Maria Kallio Series has sold over 2,5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.
- The New York Times Nordic Noir Guide recommends Maria Kallio series
- Maria Kallio TV Series in development!
Finland’s most popular crime series, the Maria Kallio mysteries, follows the career of a tough, down-to-earth and emotionally intelligent police officer who starts working in the Helsinki violent crimes unit. Every book centers around murder, but there are also elements of social issues, and through the series Maria’s personal development is present, as we follow her struggle to balance police work and motherhood.
#1 MY FIRST MURDER (Ensimmäinen murhani, Tammi 1993, 251 pp.)
When a member of a student choir is found dead, young police sergeant Maria Kallio is given the opportunity to prove herself.
#2 HER ENEMY (Harmin paikka, Tammi 1994, 244 pp.)
Maria Kallio has left the Helsinki police force to work for a law office. When a new acquaintance is found strangled in her home, Maria is pulled back into the world of criminal investigation.
#3 COPPER HEART (Kuparisydän, Tammi 1995, 248 pp.)
Maria has returned to her old home town to serve as the summer replacement for the local sheriff. But her peace is disturbed, first by her old flame, and then by the discovery of a body.
#4 SNOW WOMAN (Luminainen, Tammi 1996, 352 pp.)
Elina Rosberg, the director of a women’s therapy center disappears. Clues point to murder, and the list of suspects includes participants of the current therapy group.
#5 DEATH SPIRAL (Kuolemanspiraali, Tammi 1997, 359 pp.)
A 16-year-old skating sensation is found slain with her own skates.
#6 FATAL HEADWIND (Tuulen puolella, Tammi 1998, 348 pp.)
Maria Kallio spends a weekend on the island of Rödskär, where one of her former boyfriends fell to his death. Soon another man loses his life.
#7 BEFORE I GO (Ennen lähtöä, Tammi 2000, 375 pp.)
An openly homosexual Green Party politician is savagely beaten: was this a personal grudge, a random act of violence or a hate crime?
#8 BELOW THE SURFACE (Veren vimma, Tammi, 2003, 314 pp.)
When a woman’s body turns up in a lake—with 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.
#9 THE NIGHTINGALE MURDER (Rivo Satakieli, Tammi, 2005, 346 pp.)
When well-known prostitute Lulu Nightingale is murdered on live television, Maria dives into the convolutions of sex for hire and politics.
#10 DERAILED (Väärän jäljillä, Tammi, 2008, 378 pp.)
Maria Kallio is called back to investigate the murder of a sports official. The case appears to connect to recent threats against a journalist and a track-and-field doping scandal. A new house and an opportunity to play bass in a rock band with some other cops add some light to Maria’s life.
#11 WHERE HAVE ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS GONE (Minne tytöt kadonneet, Tammi, 2010, 342 pp.)
After returning from Afghanistan with a heavy heart, Maria Kallio starts investigating the mystery of several missing immigrant girls, and one of them turns up dead.
#12 THE IRON TRIANGLE (Rautakolmio, Tammi 2013, 352 pp.)
Two bodies turn up wrapped in plastic out in the archipelago: the man was shot and the woman drowned.
#13 A STROKE OF SADNESS (Surunpotku, Tammi 2015, 432 pp.)
The dead body of a diamond dealer is found at a church. The murderer appears to also have stolen a set of diamonds. The hunt leads the police into an international web of crime.
#14 THE END OF INNOCENCE (Viattomuuden loppu, Tammi 2017, 457 pp.)
Maria begins work in a new unit investigating crimes commited by and affecting minors and youths. When the body of a recently-released serial sex crimes offender is found in an abandoned traffic park in Espoo, Maria has a homicide investigation on her hands.
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
JAPAN: Tokyo Sogensha (Books 1-6)
WORLD ARABIC: Al Arabi
WORLD ENGLISH: Amazon Crossing
FILM & TV RIGHTS: tba
Tammi, March 2021, 250 pp.
English sample & synopsis
Spanish sample & synopsis
by Saara Turunen
Autofictive story of love, death and life between two countries. Turunen’s funny, witty and melancholic voice examines the contradiction of sense and sensibility.
- Forthcoming third novel by internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director
What if you are in love with a good man – a man you have always wanted to fall in love with? But what if this man lives in one country and you in another? Should you be sensible and leave the man to be free and independent? Or should you follow your heart, burn the bridges behind, and go after him?
The narrator travels to Barcelona to study theatre. After a few weeks she falls in love with a local man. Thus begins an intensive relationship that tears her between two countries and two cultures. She learns that relationships are between two individuals who have their own ways of expressing love to others and to themselves.
Turunen’s novel paints a relatable picture of relationships, breakups and the constant battle between fear and love. It is a beautiful picture of a woman growing up and trying to balance between social expectations, commitment and freedom.
The Most Beautiful Word
by Emmi Pesonen
Warm, humorous and beautiful debut novel from the point of view of a stepmother. Patchwork family life, and new beginnings.
- Debut novel by acclaimed screenwriter and actress
- Feature film in development by Aurora Studios
Amanda’s life is revolutionized when Onni curves into her life with a yellow minibus, chaos and four children riding along. She has been living an extended youth and cared mainly for her house plants until she met Onni and his kids. Happiness, the laundry pile and the dish mountains grow in their new home. Everything is always lost and the house is permanently messy, but Amanda firmly believes that love conquers all obstacles. But when Onni’s behavior starts to get weirder, she has to decide if love truly fixes everything.
The Others of Us
by Mooses Mentula
Do we really make our own choices, or are we just part of someone else’s story?
- New novel! Meet Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen!
To escape the demands and responsibilities, Tino fetches a jar from the closet, digs out a pill, sets it on the back of his tongue, and accelerates the medicine’s journey to his stomach with some coffee. He sinks into images of lives that are experienced elsewhere, at different times, through the eyes of other people. He suddenly finds himself writing only stories – and not just stories of the world outside, but he is also writing his own life into a story which events he is no longer able to control.
The Others of Us takes the reader to the road with Jack Kerouac, to a bar with Charles Bukowski, and to have discussions with Edgar Allan Poe and Jane Austen. A lot of people have things to say, but who are actually worth listening?
“We are overjoyed to become Mooses Mentula’s publishers again! We heard so much about his new novel that we had to make sure to be able to read it and are looking forward to being the first readers of the German translation. What a privilege! “
– Publisher Stefan Weidle, Weidle Verlag, Germany
Teos, September 2020, 300 pp.
Full English PDF
The Moonday Letters
by Emmi Itäranta
Dystopian space opera meets sci-fi thriller somewhere between the Earth, Mars and the Moon!
- Third novel by internationally bestselling author
Lumi is an Earth-born healer whose Mars-born spouse Sol disappears unexpectedly on a work trip. As Lumi begins her quest to find Sol, she delves gradually deeper into Sol’s secrets – and her own.
While recalling her own path to becoming a healer under the guidance of her mysterious teacher Vivian, she discovers an underground environmental group called Stoneturners, which may have something to do with Sol’s disappearance. Lumi’s search takes her from the wealthy colonies of Mars to Earth that has been left a shadow of its former self due to vast environmental destruction. Gradually, she begins to understand that Sol’s fate may have been connected to her own for much longer than she thought.
Part space-age epistolary, part eco-thriller, Moonday Letters is also a love story between two individuals from very different worlds.
Memory of Water
by Emmi Itäranta
A story of growing up, of the power of friendship – and, above all, of undying hope in a wrecked world
- International hit: rights sold to 22 territories
- Feature film in production, international release in 2021!
The story is set in a drought-ravaged, war-ridden future world where fresh water has become the privilege of a few and tea masters have been keepers of natural springs for centuries, Memory of Water tells the story of seventeen-year-old Noria, set to become the next tea master in her village. When her father dies, she finds herself alone with the dangerous responsibility of guarding a hidden spring that can save lives – or provoke people to kill.
As war spreads into her homeland, Noria’s loyalties are torn between keeping her duty and helping her dearest friend Sanja, whose family can barely survive on their water rations. Together the girls unearth knowledge about the past that has remained buried too long and begin to plan a journey to the Lost Lands, forbidden areas that might hold unexplored water resources.
Yet the web of the military is closing in on Noria’s secret. Sanja disappears mysteriously, and Noria is placed under house arrest. Knowing her own life is in danger, Noria must face a choice in order to secure the hidden information for others.
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
ARABIC: Dar Al Muna
CHINA: Sichuan People’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media/Plus
FRANCE: Place des Editeurs
GEORGIA: Palitra L Publishing
GERMANY: DTV/Reihe Hanser
HUNGARY: Metropolis Media
JAPAN: Nishimura Shoten
KOREA: The Book in My Life
LATVIA: Janis Roze
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NORWAY: Gresvik Forlag
RUSSIA: Text Publishers
SPAIN: Ediciones B.
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont
WORLD ENGLISH: HarperCollins
FILM & TV RIGHTS: Bufo
My Friend Natalia
by Laura Lindstedt
A brave novel about a young woman’s sexuality, therapy, the power of narration and identity. This is a playful, brilliant, feministic and surprisingly funny novel by a Finlandia-award winner!
- International bestseller! Lindstedt’s books have been translated into 18 languages!
- Finlandia Prize winning author!
Natalia starts to see a therapist to help solve the problems in her sex life. It is clear from the beginning that she is not going to play by the rules of therapy. The weekly sessions combine art, philosophy, literature, childhood memories and erotic experiences as a method of treatment, and slowly they make Natalia lose all her inhibitions. She starts to enjoy her therapy – maybe too much?
The novel takes a deconstructive approach to the self-help narratives of our time and drives the tools of autofiction into a dead end, asking what is concealed when everything is revealed?
FINLAND: Teos (orig.)
BELGIUM: De Bezige Bij
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
HUNGARY: Scolar Kiado
ITALY: Elliot Edizioni
NETHERLANDS: De Bezige Bij
ROMANIA: Humanitas Fiction
UNITED STATES: W.W. Norton / Liveright
by Johanna Sinisalo
Modern horror story and family drama by a Finlandia-award winner! Based on the latest science with a sci-fi twist!
- National horror competition winner 2019
- Finlandia Prize winning author!
Siiri and Essi are shocked to find out that their 6-year-old daughter Sissi has been caught cutting herself with scissors. What could make such a young child do that? As Sissi’s behavior becomes stranger and stranger, the two mothers start to look for an outside force that is trying to hurt the family. But what if the threat is something or someone from the inside the family?
Strangers Inside is a modern horror story, but also a frightening description of twisted family dynamics. The story is delivered by three different narrative voices, all of them having their limited points of view. What if the ultimate enemy, ripping the family slowly apart, is coming from the circle of people closest to you?
“Stylish bodyhorror without any cliches. It is extremely relatable, as we all have bodies after all. This could almost happen to anyone of us. A human body has still some unknown elements – strangers inside. “
– Turun Sanomat newspaper, Finland
by Hanna-Riikka Kuisma
Trainspotting meets City of Gods in a suburban apartment building
- Finlandia Prize nominee 2019
When the high-rise was new it was the pride of the city, an example of modern living, a beacon of a brighter future. But today you won’t find happy homes, stylish decorations or successful people in this building. It has become the residence for those who struggle. In this concrete jungle, everything is connected and lives are fragmented, memories shattered by violence and substances.
HUMOR & ROMANCE
by Miika Nousiainen
Tragicomic tale of life’s biggest questions and their surprisingly simple answers.
- Much awaited new novel by master of Finnish comedy and internationally acclaimed author
Sami has a dream: he desperately wants to be a father. His biological clock has been ticking for the past 15 years so loudly that sometimes it’s hard to hear his own thoughts. But it’s not so easy to become a father, first of all, you need to find a suitable future mother candidate.
But when Sami’s latest future-mother-candidate rides off with a biker guy, he makes a series of bad choices that cause him to anger the local motorcycle gang. How to fix a life where everything seems to go wrong? Sini, a wellbeing blogger with perfectly instagrammable life arrives to offer a solution.
“Reading a novel by Nousiainen is like a scenic ride in a ropeway: a comfortable, entertaining spectacle while looking into deep abysses. I can’t wait to read more, start laughing and at the same time having this awkward and thrilling feeling of facing existential questions.” – Patrick Sielemann, Editor, Kein & Aber, Germany
Hope Never Dies
by Minna Lindgren
A hilariously horrible story straight out of the school world. Finland has the best schools in the world – or does it?
- Feel-good novel by Finland’s bestselling humorist, award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed author
Marja Vehmarvarsi is a 62-year-old teacher, on the verge of retirement. The schools in Finland have been privatized at a brisk pace, and in order to get any work hours Marja has to come up with new learning games for phenomenon-based learning curriculum, and organize weekly meetings for cross-subject synergies.
Marja’s parents Aina and Toivo are almost 100 years old, but nevertheless passionate YouTubers, whose goal is to save the Finnish school system – whatever it takes. Marja’s popularity among the students grows as her parents’ radical plans spread over the internet.
A Far, Far Love
by Minna Lindgren
A story of longing, love, and loss. For the fans of The Red Address Book – with a humoristic twist.
Kauko Koskinen is a man of order: receipts are organized, 60 years of calendars are safely stored, and every day has certain rhythms and routines. But when he gets banned from the dementia care home where his wife resides, his life turns upside down. Memories of his youth bring a person from the past back to his mind: where is his first love now? Kauko starts to track down a woman he knew sixty years ago, but is he chasing only a memory or a dream?
Teos 2018, 247 pp.
English sample & synopsis,
German and Spanish editions
by Minna Lindgren
A Man Called Ove meets Sex and the City
For the past 12 years, 74-year-old Ulla has cared for her paralyzed husband, a mean and slightly alcoholic man. At his funeral, all she can think is: finally! She reconnects with old friends and starts living every day as if it were her last. Her adult children try to stop her newfound debauchery in many ways – but the biggest change comes along in the guise of an older gentleman.
The Angry Widow is an amusing and entertaining story about how friendships and love affairs change when you grow old. With warmth and sarcasm Lindgren examines the questions of what it means to be seventy in a world where everyone over 65 ticks the same age box in a survey.
Teos 2013, 2014, 2015, 250 pp.
English editions of book 1-3
Sunset Grove Trilogy
by Minna Lindgren
Rip-roaring, hilarious and poignant. For the fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Mma Ramotswe!
- International hit! Rights sold in 11 territories!
#1 Death in Sunset Grove
Who could imagine that anything illegal – whether it be suspicious deaths, thefts or the covert trading of medications – could happen in Sunset Grove retirement home? Its 90-year-old residents Siiri and Irma certainly can’t.
The lives of Siiri, Irma, and other Sunset Grove inhabitants are filled mostly with empty time punctuated by glasses of red wine, tram rides and funerals. Investigating the sudden strange occurrences at Sunset Grove, however, proves to be a more interesting pastime than playing cards with the ambassador and the woman in the wide-brimmed hat – not to mention the never-ending arts and crafts sessions, gym classes or accordion evenings (which the residents of the house attend mostly out of pity towards the employees).
#2 Escape from Sunset Grove
Sunset Grove retirement home turns into a kind of hell when it is taken over by foreign construction workers cursing fluently in Finnish. The noise is deafening, a hole appears in the wall, things disappear and residents have to use a portable toilet.
Residents Siiri, Irma and Anna-Liisa, all older than 90, decide to move into a shared apartment in the exotic neighbourhood of Hakaniemi. All three have their own habits and quirks, and life together isn’t entirely free of friction. The women also learn about the sad differences in quality with at-home assistance, and are forced to become familiar with terminal care and questions surrounding euthanasia.
Our heroes also can’t help looking into the suspicious plumbing project at Sunset Grove. As the mystery unfolds, they begin to find out that few people in this world have a fully clean record.
#3 The End of Sunset Grove
The final part of the trilogy marks a return to the retirement community. But the place no longer feels like home, and has turned into a state-funded, technology-driven pilot project in elderly care. The conclusion brings together characters lost along the way, and murky details are brought to light. Legal justice is also served – in unexpected ways. A natural, long-awaited death finally collects some, but still not all, of our main characters.
FINLAND, Teos (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Albatros Media
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
GERMANY: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
SLOVAKIA: Albatros Media
SPAIN: Penguin Random House
WORLD ENGLISH: Pan Macmillan
Charlotta – A Lady’s Maid
by Sara Medberg
Beginning of a new series about the Grand Duchy of Finland in the spirit of Jane Austen.
Strict class hierarchy and fabulous silk ruffles rule in 19th-century Turku, where seamstress Charlotta is looking for her own Mr.Darcy.
When baron Ridderlöw of Starfire Manor hires seamstress Charlotta Silke as a lady’s maid for her sister, their lives change for good. Charlotta gets her hands on Jane Austen’s newly published Pride and Prejudice and it alters the way she sees her role as a woman. But the book’s ideas of modern love, marriage and early feminism are put to the test as the bitter war-torn baron Ridderlöw becomes romantically interested in Charlotta. Can an ordinary lady’s maid have it all: a meaningful life and the man of her dreams?