Her Enemy by Leena Lehtolainen

bookshelves: under-500-ratings, published-1994, series, finland, translation, spring-2015, tbr-busting-2015

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Hunger For Knowledge
Read from October 23, 2014 to March 26, 2015
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.

Though she works as a legal counselor, Kallio soon finds herself unofficially investigating the murder, now labeled a sex crime. While Antti’s relative may have some peculiar sexual tendencies, Kallio doubts that the man she’s agreed to defend is capable of the crime. To crack the case, Kallio will have to pull back the curtain on Espoo high society…and uncover a secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden.

Dedication:

  For Mari

Opening quote:

Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.

– Sylvia Plath

Opening: The cherry trees were the first thing I saw when I woke up. The spring had been warm, and now the trees were blossoming with fluffy, fragrant bunches of flowers. Antti always wanted to sleep with the curtains open so we could see the curled branches against the night sky. It made it hard for me to sleep, but I’d gradually gotten used to it.

3* My First Murder
3* Her Enemy

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