By Leena Lehtolainen

Twenty-three-year-old legislation scholar Maria Kallio is recruited for a brief place on the Helsinki police division. Sweet-faced yet tricky and hot-tempered, Maria faces pushback from her new squad – so while a tender playboy is murdered at his family’s summer season villa, the hot detective is out to turn out herself.

Found floating facedown on the water’s area after an evening of partying, Tommi Pelatonen seems to were murdered through one in all his closest pals – yet why? As Maria discovers, sour ardour and jealousy seethe below the placid floor of the group’s privileged, carefree way of life. As Maria uncovers the victim’s unsavory secrets and techniques, explanations for all seven suspects come to mild. Now it’s as much as her to untangle the clues sooner than the killer moves again.

The first booklet in Leena Lehtolainen’s overseas bestselling Nordic crime sequence starring Detective Maria Kallio, My First Murder serves up homicide with a slice of existence within the Finnish top crust.

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I needed to get a few sleep. while I awakened, the solar used to be excessive within the sky. It was once 8 thirty within the morning, and that i had slept virtually ten hours. the fellows hadn’t referred to as. What the hell occurred? Then i spotted why my cellphone had stayed silent. I had disconnected the wire the former morning, fearing that my mom might name at 6:00 a. m. simply to inform me she had left her toothbrush at the fringe of the sink. I cursed, set the espresso directly to percolate, and known as the station. “No signal of Koivu or Helminen,” the individual on the major table stated coldly. the obligation officer for my unit, in spite of the fact that, had a message for me from Koivu: “We came across Tiina and heard all types of fascinating tales. We had no cause to arrest her. Are you out searching Sarkela? I’ll be in at 8. ” I gulped down my espresso and what little was once left of the ham and onion quiche. My most sensible denims have been nonetheless greasy, so I pulled on my different pair, that have been light and patched on the crotch. I didn’t are looking to probability getting them soiled so I took the tram to paintings. Having overslept, i used to be now past due, hungry, irritated—and curious. while I arrived, Koivu used to be off with Kinnunen investigating a few theft, and Tapsa was once busy executing one more seek warrant. I was hoping it used to be for Mattinen’s residence. Then, simply as i used to be getting settled in, I acquired a decision ordering me over to the Cholera Basin on the harbor to look at a drowning sufferer. I didn’t come back to Pasila till after midday. At that time, Koivu had come and long gone, yet I stuck Tapsa and we prepared to fulfill for lunch in part an hour. The lab labored quick. as well as finding Mattinen’s fingerprints, they'd now came upon strains of cocaine within the first relief package within the trunk. it appears a few small quantities of it were kept lately among the applications of gauze. many of the fingerprints have been at the vehicle plate, which, judging from the scrape marks at the paint, were screwed off and on again and again. i spotted i used to be beginning to think ailing from loss of nutrients and all of the stress. The style of onion rose in my mouth as I jogged down the steps to the cafe. there has been no signal of Tapsa but, so I compelled myself to choke down a few salad and roasted greens. Then Tapsa confirmed up within the meals line, freshly shaved and donning a pressed blouse. He set a tray choked with meals down in entrance of me: 5 potatoes with hamburger gravy, glasses of milk, and 3 items of bread. it seems that, this used to be going to be an extended assembly. “I simply got here from Mattinen’s condo. have been you searching for those? ” Tapsa took a small plastic baggie containing a collection of keys out of his blouse pocket. i may see the general letters during the plastic: Opel Vectra. i might were prepared to guess quite a lot that these have been the lacking keys to Tommi’s vehicle. “On how you can the lab, we stumbled on Mattinen’s personal vehicle within the car parking zone. It’s a beat-up VW that wouldn’t have even healthy the new-size plates we present in the house, an analogous ones that have been in Makkonen’s photos. ” “So Mattinen used to be utilizing Peltonen’s automobile to maneuver his item with a purpose to throw us off his path.

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