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Her Enemy (Maria Kallio #2)

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After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start—a chance to not only put her new law degree to use, but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by AmazonCrossing (first published 1994)
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Mar 26, 2015 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Hunger For Knowledge
Description: After solving her first murder and leaving the Helsinki Police Department behind, Maria Kallio thought that a move to the neighboring city of Espoo would signal a fresh start—a chance to not only put her new law degree to use, but to nurture her budding romance with Antti Sarkela. But when she discovers the strangled body of a new acquaintance, old habits die hard for the redheaded sleuth—especially since the accused is not only the victim’s fiancé, but a member of Antti’s family.

Ken Fredette
Jun 09, 2013 Ken Fredette rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book would let me know if Leena was good or not, I read the book one Saturday and Sunday. I think even Anna would love this woman, Maria Kallio, an ex-cop, legal beagle, no nonsense bit__ . I like the book for many reasons, going through all the characters my main reason, next was the human element, she had a love which made sense, always good to have. I rated the book 5 stars, probably should be more!
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
On the surface a typical murder/mystery but this novel is sprinkled with a hint of a feminist agenda. Maria Kallio ,the pushbike riding, feminist ex cop now lawyer, who was “useless before my morning coffee” often debates the place and position of women in society and how though independent, educated and employed she still questions her position in society and women’s place in the world . I loved this complex modern young woman and I loved that the author added the subtle back story of women’s ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it
No longer a detective Maria is the attorney for the only suspect in a murder trial. In order to cast doubt on his involvement, she needs to find another suspect, and witnesses who can place him somewhere else at the time of the victim's death. Because of this she is acting as sleuth here as well.

I don't know anything about Finland law, but why is the detective in the room while Maria is interviewing her client? Not only that, he is questioning the client at the same time she is.

This delves a bi
Shannon Knight
Aug 21, 2016 Shannon Knight rated it liked it
This second installment in the series was an improvement upon the first but only just. I enjoyed seeing Maria's relationship with Antti unfold, but she's still super weird and I'm still not positive that's not just a failure of the translation. Also, I found myself getting hung up on a fact that always plagues me about procedurals about small town detectives or cops or whatever: how many murders in the same inner-circle of family and friends can we be expected to believe as a series progresses? ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Elisa rated it liked it
I liked Maria Kallio better as a police officer than an attorney. It was an interesting mystery but the "all men are evil and all women but Maria are weak" spiel is getting a little old. I hope the next book is better.
Janne Paananen
Leena Lehtolaisen toinen Maria Kallio -kirja on lajityypilleen uskollinen perusdekkari. Maria ei ole poliisin palveluksessa vaan on siirtynyt lakitoimistoon avustajaksi. Mutta kun Maria löytää kuolleena hänen juuri edellisenä päivänä juhlissa tapaamansa Armin, on hänen vaikea olla sotkeutumatta juttuun. Murhasta epäillään Marian tuntemaa Kimmoa, jota edustamaan Maria päätyy. Kaikki todisteet viittaavat siihen, että Kimmo on syyllinen. Myös Marian pomo uskoo Kimmon syyllisyyteen, vaikka Marialla ...more
Oct 29, 2016 -A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was just as good as the previous book. I enjoyed Maria Kallio's growth and the mystery. Unfortunately, I didn't remember how the first book ended and had to really pay attention because Finnish names are quite unusual. The multiple spelling and language mistakes in the translation didn't help either. The publisher needs a proofreader ASAP. Please help them.
Marcos Kopschitz
Aug 19, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policial, finlandesa
Este é o segundo título na série da detetive Maria Kallio, da finlandesa Leena Lehtolainen. O livro é de 1994, e não está disponível em português. O primeiro, disponível em tradução brasileira, é Meu primeiro assassinato.

Depois de 22 anos, já são 13 livros na série original em finlandês, cinco traduzidos para o inglês e apenas dois para o português. Alguns detalhes neste segundo denotam a época: menção a um aparelho de vídeo cassete - VCR, a um celular "do tamanho de um tijolo" e a modelos de ca
Christine Ricci
I've been enjoying Lehtolainen's Maria Kallio and her adventures. They're fun reads. My only complaint is how the timeline is sometimes hard to follow. In this novel we find Maria and Antti are dating, and it seems fairly serious. In the first book, they get together in the last scene (and only hinted they get together, at that). As a reader, I'm left wondering what happened. However, I don't think it takes away from the book. I love the layers in Maria's character and how she has many facets to ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Maria Kallio ist bei ihren zweiten Fall zwar nicht mehr als Polizistin tätig, sondern als Anwältin – aber irgendwie auch noch nicht so richtig. Ich verstehs nicht, aber ist ja auch egal.

Jedenfalls hat sie ihr bisheriges überzeugtes Singleleben gegen ein Zusammensein mit Antti eingetauscht, den sie im Laufe des letzten Falles kennengelernt hat und der über die Heirat seiner Schwester mit einem Sproß aus einer reichen Familie Zugang zu den besseren Kreisen Helsinkis hat. Ich musste für mich erstma
June Finnigan
Sep 18, 2016 June Finnigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A second and equally fascinating crime thriller

Maria has left the police force and joined the legal profession. When she discovers the body of a friend's fiance and he is charged with the murder, Maria sets out to prove his innocence. Meanwhile her own domestic relationship is proving hard work. A gripping and emotional page turner.
June Finnigan - Writer
Вторая книжка про Каллио повергла меня в состояние перманентного фейспалма. Какая досада!
Маленький райончик, где люди если не родственники, то кузены, ну или хотя бы просто знакомые, – это несомненный плюс для ленивых финнов, но полнейшая скука для читателей. Для раскрытия преступления надо всего лишь поопрашивать соседей и свидетелей, все друг друга знают, так что рано или поздно кто-нибудь выболтает какой-нибудь секретик-другой. Я могу представить помятого Харри Холе, стучащего во все двери и
Sep 18, 2016 Nani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eka Maria Kallioni. Ihan hyvä perusdekkari, jonka sai kuunneltua ajomatkalla Helsingistä Raumalle ja takaisin. Kieli oli kaunista, mutta juoni turhan yksinkertainen. Miljöökuvaukset toimivat helsinkiläiselle hyvin, mikä teki äänikirjasta entistä miellyttävämmän. Kohti seuraavaa Kalliota!
Karen M
Jul 24, 2013 Karen M rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
This a mystery. This is a very well-written mystery. This is a mystery you should read. Likeable protagonist whom I had no trouble identifying with, great supporting characters and suspects, takes place in Finland which is a new location for me but best of all the author kept me guessing until the very end. There were clues so I can't complain that this mystery's conclusion was kept a mystery by a lack of clues, no, there were just so many possibilities that I just didn't pick the right one out ...more
May 31, 2013 Stacia rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. Maria Kallio, the main character, isn’t entirely likeable—but that doesn’t make her unsympathetic, and about a quarter of the way in I realized I was enjoying the story quite a lot. As with many Nordic crime novels, this one has a social agenda: Kallio is an outspoken feminist who struggles with her roles as lawyer and detective and girlfriend and sister and daughter. She’s caught in the middle of a murder investigation, where the lead investigator is ...more
Toni Moore
Oct 15, 2014 Toni Moore rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Maria Kallio series, set in Finland. In the first book, Kallio solved the murder, but left the Helsinki Police Department after her temporary job ended. Now she's moved to the nearby city of Espoo and started a relationship with Antti Sarkela, whom she got to know during her investigation of the first murder.

This time, a woman Kallio has just met is strangled, and the suspect is the woman's fiancé, who just happens to be Antti's brother-in-law, Kimmo Hänninen. Kall
Sep 01, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, crime
From the first page I was immediately sucked into the word of Maria Kallio: ex-cop, new lawyer, new job, newly living with her boyfriend and navigating his complicated family dynamics. I really liked this character and I am eager to read the first book in this series.
The first pages of the book contain a cast of characters. I have never seen this before. While I thought it was interesting, I didn't really expect to use it. Actually, it was quite helpful. It turns out that the Finnish names and r
Brett Bydairk
Sep 08, 2013 Brett Bydairk rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
#2 in the series featuring Maria Kallio. She is no longer with the Helsinki police, having finished law school, and is now working for a law firm in the small town of Espoo, a short distance from Helsinki. Now living with her boyfriend, she and he are at a party where she meets some of his friends and family. Arranging to meet one of them the next day, Maria arrives to find her freshly strangled.
The woman's fiancé, Maria's boyfriend's brother, is arrested, but did he do it? As she investigates,
David Ketelsen
Oct 09, 2013 David Ketelsen rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads in exchange for a book review.

I enjoyed Her Enemy but it isn't for everyone. I'm partial to slow paced procedurals like Grafton's Kinsey Millhone books. While the main character of this book, Maria Kallio, a 30sih Finnish lawyer and former police detective, isn't anything at all like Kinsey, there's still a very similar feel to the book.

One fortunate thing is that in the front of the book is a listing of the cast of characters. Given the Finnish
Sep 22, 2013 Jules rated it liked it
This was a Goodreads Giveaway book. I realized after receiving it that it was the second book in a series. This book made a few references to past adventures, but nothing that left me lost in plot.
I enjoyed the main character of the book, and how her position was portrayed. This wasn't simply a 'tough female investigative lawyer' book, though that's surely part of it. The author does a good job adding personal dimensions as well as a little humor every now and then.
The book was also wrapped
Jun 09, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
This was a really good mystery. Kallio is a well-rounded investigator, and the series is populated by realistic, believable characters. This mystery is somewhat linked to an event in the first book, so you'll definitely get more out of reading these in order.

Maria's indecisiveness is also interesting here - I kept wondering which career path she'd eventually choose. I'm also not sure which direction her romantic life will take, and am very eager to get the next installment.

The only thing I notic
Jim Nolt
Nov 23, 2013 Jim Nolt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second of Leena Lehtolainen's Maria Kallio series, again finds herself involved in the murder of a friend. I like the Kallio character and the way Lehtolainen allows us hear her thoughts as she goes about the job of solving the crime. My only problem with this story is keeping all the family relationships straight. The murder victim is Armi Mäenpää. Arrested for the crime is Kimmo Hänninen whose half-brother, Risto Hänninen, is married to Marita Sarkela whose brother, Antti Sarkela ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
This book was a lot better than the first book. I enjoyed the mystery in this story and the characters a lot better. It was still some over the top stuff and some things that may be a Finnish thing to do like when certain people are speaking the author says the full name. That was a little annoying. The book was very funny too with some great dialogue.

Marie is now a lawyer but still finds herself trying to solve the murder and bring the right person to justice since she has now been asked to re
Jun 20, 2013 Alexander rated it liked it
My first encounter with Maria Kallio, the Finnish cop turned lawyer, and a character stuffed full of damaged stereotypes. However, it was enjoyable, although the ending definitely seemed a bit rushed. Unusually I would have liked an extra 50 pages or so, not something I often want in a novel. There were also a hell of a lot of characters flying in and out, some of whom seemed unnecessary, but the plot was interesting enough to keep me going to the end, and I enjoyed the Finnish setting. The main ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this novel through a Goodreads First-reads giveaway. Leena Lehtolainen is a popular mystery writer in her home country of Finland, though her works are just now becoming available to readers in the US. Her Enemy is not strictly a police procedural, but more of a psychological investigation into the claustrophobic world of a dysfunctional family and their close friends and enablers. Maria Kallio, an ex-police officer turned lawyer, strips away the protective veneers to discover the ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. Perhaps reading the first book (My First Murder) would have helped me figure out the characters faster, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone. More upbeat than the usual Scandinavian crime novel, in spite of the grim subject matter, perhaps because author and protagonist are female? I liked Maria for all her flaws, and the first person narration helps get into the story quickly. If I have any complaints it's is that everything wrapped up so very neatly with not a single ...more
Candy Goulette
May 02, 2016 Candy Goulette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never been much on police procedurals, but Maria Kallio has pulled me into her world. That it happens to be in Finland is a bonus, but I would love watching the way Leena Lehtolainen's mind works in any setting. This is the second of the Maria Kallio books, and they are very hard to put down once you get started. Lehtolainen weaves together quite a tapestry of suspects, police and ancillary players, and even if you figure out "who done it" before it's announced, the why is always a ...more
Aug 29, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
I liked this book as the mystery was compelling in an unusual way. The main character is certainly that, a character who has her own issues to deal with. One thing that threw me for a while was the similarity in some of the Finnish (I assume)names and I had a hard time keeping straight who was who. The ending wasn't exactly unpredictable as far as who was the killer and why but the conclusion was not quite what I expected. All in all, a good read and I will probably look for more in this series.
Ron Chicaferro
Jul 23, 2013 Ron Chicaferro rated it really liked it
This is an exciting mystery - you don't know who the killer is until the very end - that's tough to beat! There are plenty of suspects and when their names are Finnish they are a bit hard to keep in your mind. But, you'll work the case along with the protagonist - an ex-cop turned attorney. She's tough but also sensitive and caring - this is her first venture as an attorney and everyone still thinks of her as a cop - - I'm looking forward to more books from Leena Lehtolainen.
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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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