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My First Murder (Maria Kallio #1)

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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.
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....more
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
Stephanie
Typical murder mystery. When I read the reviews I thought the book would be a lot better than it was. The book does keep you guessing who the murderer is. The lead character is likeable and considering this is a series of books that's a good thing. The book focuses on Detective Maria Kallio's first murder case. She is also one of the only female detective's on the force. The scenery is unique and beautiful especially if you are not familiar with Finland. I think the writer was trying to hard to...more
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...more
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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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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
Terry
Weak plot, weak characters, all made this hard going. I am a bit of a Scandinavian crime fan but found this in the relegation zone. Are we now scrapping the proverbial barrel of Scandinavian crime novels? I have her second offering and will give it a go but I will know within a chapter whether there is improvement.
Bob
My first Finnish writer and an introduction to Finnish names which made for some interesting reading if you try to pronounce them as you read them. The story revolves around a temporary police violent crimes detective who catches the murder of a young man during a chorus rehearsal at a vacation house on the shore. Maria Kallio, the detective slowly works her way through the clues and the fact that she knows some of the suspects. She is working on a law degree but working for the police while she...more
France
Good easy thriller, a loving main character, a story that holds well together if a bit unreal at times. Good introduction to the author and Maria Kallio, the investigator.
sslyb
There is potential in this first novel, but for a avid Nordic crime fan it's weak. The detective's angst is over silly stuff. Kallio is so young she barely knows herself.
Lynn Kearney
Have read a few of the others, so I was interested in seeing Maria in her first case, though thought the characterization a bit wooden.
Norelle
Hmmm...
Neizvērsās par tik action un spriedzes pilnu gabalu, kā es būtu vēlējusies.
Pluss par sievieti izmeklētāju, jo visur vienmēr tie vīrieši.
Vai es būtu gribējusi interesantāku iznākumu? Jā. Tas nebija tik acīmredzams, kā likās sākumā, bet tomēr - tas nebija arī nekas oriģināls.
Jer Hogan
This Finnish detective story has loads of local colour and a likable heroine. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.
ms bookjunkie
Story: I loved it when I first read it in Finnish years ago. I felt it had the potential to grab an English-speaking audience, and am absolutely ecstatic that it's been translated! I'm pretty happy with the English translation. 5 stars

Narration: The basic narrative is pretty good, I think she does Maria's inner (and outer) voice(s) justice. She also changes voice and tone for other characters in a very satisfying manner. 4 stars

Pronunciation: The narrator's American pronunciation of Finnish name...more
Amanda
I was quite disappointed by the writing in this book, which was sloppy to say the least. However, I may be wrong and it may just be a case of a very poor translation as the original was written in Finnish.
The lead detective character was a little two dimensional, but there is room for her to develop in further installments. The story line wasn't too bad, although it became a little convoluted towards the end, but the whole package would have been much improved by a firm editorial hand.
Still -...more
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