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My First Murder (Maria Kallio #1)

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  710 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Maria Kallio has just been assigned her first murder investigation. To prove to herself and her squad that she has what it takes to be a detective, she’ll have to solve the death of Tommi Peltonen. Found floating facedown at the water’s edge of his Helsinki villa, Tommi had invited his choir group to spend a weekend at his retreat. But beneath the choir’s seemingly tight-k ...more
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Published December 11th 2012 by AmazonCrossing (first published 1993)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3 bewildered stars of five

I gave in and read a Scandicrime novel, since all the cool kids are doing it. I've reviewed it at my blog and gave it 3 stars after a lot of head-scratching.

It's only $2.99, and worth the try.
Cathy Cole
First Line: Riki woke up to a vicious call of nature.

It was supposed to be a fun weekend for the choir group at Tommi Peltonen's seaside Helsinki villa. Instead Tommi is found floating facedown in the water off the dock, a victim of what is soon determined to be murder. It is up to rookie detective Maria Kallio to focus on the choir members in an attempt to solve her very first murder case. It doesn't take long for her to realize that what on the surface appears to be a happy and close-knit gro
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Kenneth Fredette
I thought it was a good book for her first one. I actually liked it even though it's written in the first person. I could see how she put herself into every setting, her remarks came out of nowhere and added to the humor of the book. She has 4 or 5 more books that aren't translated and I suppose they'll come out soon.
Melissa
I like the main character and think I will enjoy reading other books in the series. This particular mystery was a bit harder for me to get into, for a while I had a really hard time keeping the choir members straight, etc. Overall, this was just okay, but I like the main character enough to hope that the stories get stronger as the series goes on.
Kendra
This was my go to read on the way home from work while on a busy bus book. But then I found I couldn't just read it on the bus, I needed to read it once I got home, when I had free time, on breaks at work. I found the culture in the book interesting, I found the characters interesting, I found the whole book interesting. I plan to read as much as I can in this series.
Toni Moore
This is the first book in Leena Lehtolainen’s Finnish crime series starring Detective Maria Kallio, 23, who started as a police officer, then studied law, and now is back as a substitute officer for six months. She fights sexism in the police department, as well as flack from her family and boyfriend about her career. Then she's assigned to a murder case, and the victim is a golden boy from a wealthy and well-known family in Helsinki. Tommi Peltonen drowned during a weekend spent with friends at ...more
Elaine
I find that a bit of detail about each character helps me differentiate one from another especially when it comes to names from a remote country. Pretty important I think. The names here are as foreign to me as the country itself. Well, I know who Tommi is - the victim - an American name - easy. The others though are flat and one-dimensional causing me to be unable to keep track of who's who. Frustrating.

Why doesn't the investigation go beyond the immediate friends of Tommi as possible suspects?
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Mirrani
My very first thought for this review is that if you are the kind of person who is able to easily participate in gossip and life-chatter, you will enjoy this book. Otherwise, it's not anything you should think of picking up. There was a lot of reflection on the main character's past that had nothing at all to do with what was happening with the murder case and there were so many characters that there actually has to be a character chart at the back of the book. I applaud someone wanting to take ...more
Lintu
Narrated in an agile and fast way, "My First Murder" is a crime novel that has enough good moments to entertain the reading. The novel shows the step by step investigation, from the point of view of Kallio inspector, who will analyze each new track and doing interviews all the suspects, leading to participate ourselves and draw our own conclusions.
However although a book that can be read easily, is it has made me a little mess with names, which often is not clear whether they are male or female
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Ed
Either Leena Lehtolainen is an infelicitous writer of prose or Owen Witesman is a poor translator from Finnish to English--or, more likely, some of each--but "My First Murder" is so bland and dull that I gave it up after 50 pages.
Elisa
My First Murder is My First Finnish book. As a big fan of Scandinavian Noir, I had never gone to Finland and I'm happy I chose this book. I was a little confused by the names of the characters (my fault, not the fault of the Finnish language), but once I got started, I couldn't put it down. Writing in the first person is trickier to pull off, but in this case it worked for me. Maria Kallio is an engaging character, with her insecurities and pet peeves about being a woman in a man's profession, I ...more
-A
My biggest question I had was: Is there an error in translation?
On several occasions (I think, 2 or 3) the term "augšstilbi" was used to describe an attractive woman, but it felt wrong because "augšstilbi" = thighs. In one particular case the adjective "long" was used and "long thighs" just sounds stupid. Well, I hope that in the original work the right word was "legs", not "thighs" because this makes more sense.
This translation thing just bugged me the whole time >__< LOL

Anyways, the boo
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Vlapsa
ļoti laba!!!! ne tik daudz kriminālintrigas dēļ, cik konstebles pārdomu utt dēļ
Megan
The first book in the Maria Kallio series (another Malice Domestic 25 discovery) was an enjoyable read. This series was originally published in Finland in the 1990s but the English translation of the first book was not made available in the U.S. until 2012. As a fan of other Scandinavian crime books, I was intrigued by a Finnish female author's perspective. I was pleasantly surprised by the slyly sarcastic main character and the fact that this wasn't quite as dark and broody as some other series ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Leena Lehtolainen’s novel “My First Murder” begins with a member of a student choir getting killed during a practice session outing in Helsinki, Finland. I did not like the book at all, but the opinion is mainly based on my specific tastes in mystery, suspense, and thriller novels. Other readers, with different tastes, may like the book a lot, and rate it highly.

In a sense, the novel resembles a “closed-group whodunit”; we are basically told that only one of the seven choir members may be the k
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Yvette
Mi primer muerto de Leena Lehtolainen es basicamente una novela policíaca finlandesa escrita en 1993. La trama se resume en que Maria Kallio, joven, pelirroja y muy poco convencional, recién reincorporada a la policía debe investigar el asesinato de Jukka Peltonen en su finca familiar Villa Maissetta. En la villa se alojan esos días siete compañeros del joven (todos, incluido Jukka forman parte de un coro estudiantil) todos ellos con motivos sobrados para matar a Jukka: por celos profesionales o ...more
Susana
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annik
А мне внезапно понравилось. Я, большой «любитель» детективов и женских соплей, была приятно удивлена компромиссом, предложенным Лехтолайнен – история оказалась короткой, незамутной и главная героиня почти не плакалась о своей судьбе.

Студенческий хор выбрался отдохнуть, попариться в сауне да между делом порепетировать на даче у одного из участников по имени Юкка, а на утро этого Юкку нашли в озере. С пробитым черепом. Расследовать дело предстоит Марии Каллио, которая неплохо знакома с хористами.
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Jim Nolt
Because I have a certain interest in Scandinavian culture I've chosen, from time to time, novels set in that part of the world ("Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson or "Unseen" by Anders Knutas for example). "My First Murder" by Leena Lehtolainen is set in Finland. Maria Kallio is a young investigator in the violent crime's division of the Helsinki Police Department. Kallio also has an interest in becoming an attorney and is unsure of her future as a police investigator. When she is cal ...more
Linda
Though written in the early 1990s this book was recently translated from Finnish into English in 2012. A particularly useful addition is a list of the "cast of characters" in the back of the book. Some of the names were very similar so the list was a great help. It is the first in a series and introduces us to Maria Kallo a police detective. She is young and struggling to prove herself to her colleagues on the force. The victim is a member of a choral group who is found floating in the water nea ...more
Jules
Maria Kallio ist eigentlich nur Aushilfspolizistin (hauptberuflich Jurastudentin), aber ihr direkter Vorgesetzter ist aufgrund seiner Alkoholkrankheit länger krankgeschrieben, weswegen sie gleich die Aufklärung eines mutmaßlichen Mordfalls übertragen bekommt:

Ein Studentenchor aus Helsinki hält ein gemeinsames Probenwochenende in einer einsam gelegenen Villa am See ab. Am Morgen nach einem feuchtfröhlichen Abend liegt Jukka Peltonen, einer der Sänger, jedoch tot am Bootsteg. Und es liegt nahe, de
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Susan
My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen is the first book of the Maria Kallio mystery series set in modern Finland. Twenty-three-year-old Maria is on temporary assignment to the Violent Crimes Unit of the Helsinki Police Department. A seeker of justice, Maria intends to return to and complete her law school courses and eventually become a judge, but for now she has accepted a 6-month position filling in for a detective on medical leave.

Called out to a murder scene, she realizes the victim and seve
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Gerald Sinstadt
My knowledge of police procedures is at the same time extensive and limited. Limited because it is derived exclusively from police procedural novels; extensive because I have read many books of that kind describing the methods employed in catching criminals. Strikingly, considering that these works emanate from a number of countries, a good deal of similarity seems to exist between one police department and another.

Finland, if My First Murder is any guide, seems to be an exception. Maria Kallio
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Sandie
Detective Maria Kallio is facing her first murder investigation. Only twenty-three, she is not sure yet what she wants from a career. She started as a police officer, got bored and went to study law, then was unsure about that path and has taken a six-month job as a substitute officer when another member of the force goes out on medical leave. Being young and a woman in a male-dominated workplace is not easy; being brought in as a lead detective makes her even less popular.

She is worried when sh
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Nancy
May 10, 2013 Nancy added it
Maria Kallio has just been assigned her first murder investigation. To prove to herself and her squad that she has what it takes to be a detective, she’ll have to solve the death of Tommi Peltonen. Found floating facedown at the water’s edge of his Helsinki villa, Tommi had invited his choir group to spend a weekend at his retreat. But beneath the choir’s seemingly tight-knit bonds seethed bitter passion and jealousy. As Maria sets out to determine the difference between friends and foes, she un ...more
comfort
Maria used to know all the suspects in the recent murder of Tommi the choir leader. They have all taken up residence at one of the homes of Tommi's parents to practise for their next engagement. When Tommi is found dead it is up to Maria to figure out which of her "friends" is the culprit. She also has to prove herself to the boys-club of detectives she works with.
Gary Van Cott
Written a few years ago but just translated recently. The first 3 books are available in English. I liked the main character. I thought the first person narrative was a little much, someone narrating their life at times. While the denouement was a bit clumsy, overall the book was ok.
Michael Sanderson-green
So many good Scandinavian crime novels around unfortunately this is not one of them , for me the biggest sin is the criminal confessing to the crime to wrap it up its too easy for the author I may as well watch any American crime show if I want that.
Merja Pohjola
Have a feeling I will read all of these Maria Kallio -novels in a row... too bad I started with number #13 (had read other works by Lehtolainen first, but not these Kallio-novels) and turned out she was married to one of the main suspects in number #1... ;D So, I could cross him off of my list... this is why I want to watch and read things usually in consecutive order even if the story is always different ;) Anyway, a gripping story and not any worse than any American etc. crime novels. It actua ...more
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Leena Katriina Lehtolainen is a Finnish crime novelist, best known for her series of novels about the policewoman Maria Kallio.

Lehtolainen was born in Vesanto, Northern Savonia. Her first novel was released when she was only 12 years old. She studied literature in Helsinki until 1995 and wrote crime novels from 1993 on. Since about 2007 she has written other genres of books. Her works have been tr
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