As she delves deeper into her investigation, she grows ever more entangled in a dark intrigue with Belarusian mobsters, shady entrepreneurs, crooked cops—and a thrilling race to see who can find David Stahl first. With much to lose and only love to gain, Hilja sets out to learn where he might be—alive or dead.
American-trained bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero is accustomed to danger. Once there, hilja tries to forget David, but her heart just won’t let go. Maybe that’s what attracted her to agent david stahl in the first place—he’s sexy, he’s dashing, and he’s most definitely dangerous—and try as she might, she just can’t seem to stay away.
When hilja meets david for a secret rendezvous in Italy, their romantic holiday is cut short by a deadly turn of events. After david goes missing and hilja comes upon a fresh corpse in his cabin, she decides it’s time to make a quick return to Finland.
The Bodyguard The Bodyguard Series Book 1
In an attempt to clear her name and find the killer, she uncovers ever-deeper layers of subterfuge. Amid all the covert treachery and intrigue, hilja finds herself falling in love with a suspicious yet irresistibly sexy man—but is her heart clouding her judgment? In this tale of political romance populated by Russian oligarchs, and undercover cops, Finnish politicians, no one is what they seem and no one can be trusted.
As a professional bodyguard, Hilja Ilveskero rarely loses her cool. But one day, she and a client have an argument in a Moscow fur salon, and Hilja quits on the spot. A fast-paced, betrayal, tightly woven tale of love, and high-stakes deal-making, murder, The Bodyguard—the first in a gripping trilogy by internationally acclaimed Nordic crime author Leena Lehtolainen—exposes the delicacy and dark underbelly of international relations on both a human and global scale.
When the client turns up dead, Hilja quickly discovers that she is a suspect.
The Devil's Cubs The Bodyguard Series Book 3
Professional bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero will do anything to protect her client. She knows there must be an endgame to this job, but the pay is just too good to refuse. As hilja learns more, mysteries begin to unravel, and dark crimes targeting the most vulnerable of victims come to light. But when that client is the daughter of a nefarious real estate tycoon who is the mortal enemy of Hilja’s true love, things get complicated.
Hilja must do everything in her power to protect enemies, loved ones, and innocents alike. From bestselling scandinavian crime writer Leena Lehtolainen comes the final gripping installment of The Bodyguard series.
Derailed Maria Kallio Book 10
But when the head of social affairs for the Finnish Athletics Federation is murdered—the victim of an apparent poisoning—Maria is drawn back into a race against more than murder. A series of crimes has unfolded, and to Maria’s trained eyes, they look like the makings of a conspiracy. As maria follows the track to a doping scandal, domestic abuse, a money-laundering scheme, and explosive death threats leveled against a sports reporter, she collects the pieces of a baffling puzzle.
Detective maria kallio investigates a doping scandal turned murder in award-winning author Leena Lehtolainen’s pulse-pounding thriller. After surviving a terrifying assault during her last investigation, Maria Kallio traded in her badge for a comfortable desk job. Now, to run down the killer and save the next victim, all she has to do is make them fit.
So far only one thing is for certain: Maria Kallio is rediscovering the thrill of the chase.
Where Have All the Young Girls Gone Maria Kallio Book 11
A group of hate crimes, a conspiracy, or a coincidence? Investigator Maria Kallio searches for answers close to home in award-winning author Leena Lehtolainen’s riveting thriller. After completing a dangerous mission training police officers in war-torn Afghanistan, Detective Maria Kallio returns to Finland as the head of a new special crimes unit.
Three immigrant muslim girls, all members of the same social club, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. That detective is Maria Kallio. When the body of a fourth girl is found in the snow, strangled with her own headscarf, the investigation takes on a grim new urgency. Is there a xenophobic serial killer on the loose? a random white nationalist? or does something more insidious bind the girls? In a Finnish city struggling to assimilate a new population of Muslim immigrants, the answers are hard to come by…One thing is certain: it will take a detective familiar with the darkest depths of humanity to sift through the wreckage of clashing cultures in search of the truth.
But what awaits her in her home country is her most challenging and unsettling case yet.
The Nightingale Murder Maria Kallio Book 9
Award-winning author leena lehtolainen’s heart-stopping series continues as investigator Maria Kallio’s hunt for a killer gets dark, dangerous, and dirty…A grievously mutilated young woman arrives at the hospital in Espoo, Finland—only to vanish without a trace. 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 even longer: her infatuated bodyguard, a suicidal TV producer, and a talk-show host with political aspirations. But how is lulu’s murder connected to the tortured woman’s disappearance?As the body count keeps rising, Maria plunges into the dark demimonde of the sex trade.
Though the victim refused to identify herself, Violent Crimes Unit Commander Maria Kallio suspects she’s connected to the city’s sex-worker underworld. And this time, searching for answers may shatter all that she has.
Below the Surface Maria Kallio Book 8
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. Was the journalist about to reveal a bombshell that someone was desperate to keep quiet? Or will it take some reading between the lines? The clues may be few, but the list of suspects is long.
As she struggles to balance her home life, and catch a killer, run a department tainted by career-threatening allegations, Maria is shocked to find just what someone was willing to do in the name of love…or revenge.
Before I Go Maria Kallio Book 7
Almost immediately, her focus is on the band of skinheads who brutally attacked the Finnish commissioner and his husband three years earlier. When she’s met with silence and higher-ups take her off the case, she disobeys orders and investigates on her own, putting both her family and herself at risk. In this captivating tale in the Maria Kallio series, someone is protecting a killer.
Can maria track them down before the next victim falls? 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. As she juggles her obligations as a wife, and detective, mother, Maria suggests to her superiors that what first appears to be a random assault may actually be something more sinister.
A fierce detective risks everything to unravel a tangle of secrets and corruption protecting a killer in this spellbinding seventh mystery in the tension-filled Maria Kallio series. 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.
Fatal Headwind Maria Kallio Book 6
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. On the anniversary of that event, the CEO of an allegedly nontoxic paint company, Harri’s boss, loses his life on those very same rocks. 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. In light of such a coincidence, kallio searches for the link between these two tragedies and is soon convinced that they weren’t accidents—they were murders. Was the ceo’s disillusioned wife involved? his environmental-activist son? Or perhaps his rebellious daughter? Or might the culprit be his half brother, an adventurous sailor whom Kallio finds altogether a little too intriguing?From internationally bestselling Finnish author Leena Lehtolainen comes the sixth book of the gripping Maria Kallio Mystery series.
As the finnish nights grow longer, so too does the list of suspects.
Death Spiral Maria Kallio Book 5
With a promotion on the line and her arrogant adversary, Pertti Ström, vying for the new job, Maria is determined to make an arrest. Noora nieminen was destined to become a world champion. Could it be the deviant criminal who’s lately been terrorizing the city? is it the former lover of Noora’s mother, who has been stalking the family since she rejected him? Or might the killer be someone even closer than that? With so much riding on Noora’s success—and so many people with motives to murder—the detective must sift through the long list of suspects before the case turns ice cold.
Death spiral, high stakes, the fifth book in Lehtolainen’s international bestselling Nordic crime series, is a chilling tale of hot tempers, and the untimely death of a rising star. 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.
Snow Woman Maria Kallio Book 4
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 persons case—and maria’s personal life—become increasingly complicated, the Espoo Police work to track down the escaped killer before it’s too late.
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.