By Leena Lehtolainen

Twenty-three-year-old legislations scholar Maria Kallio is recruited for a short lived 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 end up herself.

Found floating facedown on the water’s aspect after an evening of partying, Tommi Pelatonen seems to be to were murdered via 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, causes for all seven suspects come to gentle. Now it’s as much as her to untangle the clues ahead of the killer moves again.

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

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Tommi’s outdated calendar had contained an access that learn M WC 18-19 at the day prior to the check date. a few notes at the web page had incorporated the abortion department’s cellphone quantity. The reference in Antti’s letter to Tommi’s “playing” with Mira healthy my conception too. Rage burned in Mira’s eyes. I had in actual fact hit the mark. “Of direction you needed to dig that out! what number of people have you ever advised approximately it thus far? i presumed that hospices have been private. ” “There was once a replica of the invoice in Tommi’s papers. ” “The undeniable fact that Tommi paid for the abortion doesn’t unavoidably suggest he was once the daddy. ” “So you have been such reliable buddies with him that you just instructed him approximately your abortion and requested him to lend you the money even if you didn’t inform somebody else? ” Mira clutched the purple sweater in her fingers after which angrily hurled it into the nook. I observed that her palms have been trembling. subsequent to her head, above the headboard, was once a wide photo from a few EFSAS live performance of Mira, Tommi, Antti, Tuulia, and some others making a song in dreadful blue functionality robes. might be Mira desired to see Antti’s photo each evening prior to she fell asleep. Why the hell had i assumed operating may enhance my temper? “Do you must listen my conception approximately the way it all occurred? You have been sitting up one evening with the choir such as you regularly do. You have been dissatisfied since you felt like Antti by no means paid any realization to you”—at this aspect my braveness nearly failed me, on account that this particularly and actually used to be none of my business—“and Tommi didn’t have an individual conserving him corporation that evening. you made the choice to teach Antti what he was once lacking, and, uncharacteristically, you all started flirting with Tommi. however the video game went extra than you intended it to. in fact you understood that Tommi knew precisely why you have been unexpectedly attracted to him. Your infatuation with Antti used to be no mystery. and perhaps Tommi even desired to taunt Antti, to teach him how effortless it used to be to have you ever. What I don’t comprehend is the way you have been either so silly that you just controlled to get pregnant. ” Mira burst right into a unusual, jerky snigger that gave the impression of a go among sobbing and laughing. progressively, her laughter morphed into a strange hiccupping, in which she defined: “It used to be vintage tragicomedy! the good lover’s condom broke. are you aware why Tommi saved his mouth close concerning the entire factor? it can have damage his popularity if his girls had figured out he didn’t even know the way to take advantage of a rubber! ” Mira grimaced poisonously and stopped giggling. “You appear to understand my enterprise even higher than I do. It was once Antti’s birthday, in February, in his condo in Korso. i used to be donning mascara for the 1st time in my lifestyles, and that i didn’t discover how robust the punch used to be. I danced with Antti—he nonetheless requested me to bop again then—but he used to be as aloof as ever. Then Tommi minimize in, took me from Antti, and commenced kissing me. For as soon as I simply allow myself cross, and that i ended up at Tommi’s position. ” “And you were given pregnant? ” “On the first actual test. Like within the previous videos the place an blameless state woman involves the town to paintings as a maid and will get seduced.

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