Copper Heart (The Maria Kallio Series)

By Leena Lehtolainen

Former police sergeant Maria Kallio gladly left her tiny Finnish place of origin of Arpikylä with no on reflection. yet even if Maria despises the small city and the acrid scent from its now-closed copper mine, whilst Arpikylä’s sheriff asks her to function deputy sheriff for the summer time, she has the same opinion.

What must have been a quiet summer time quickly turns dramatic—and lethal. Meritta, an outspoken neighborhood artist, plunges to her demise from the copper mine’s tower, and Maria instantly suspects a person helped her fall. Now Maria needs to face the tough fact that one of many town’s citizens killed Meritta, and acquaintances Maria has recognized for many years all harbor their very own murderous motives—even Johnny, her lovely former overwhelm who virtually makes her ignore her long-distance boyfriend, Antti, who's learning in Chicago.

In this exciting addition to the across the world profitable Maria Kallio secret sequence, the earlier and current of the cherished Finnish detective violently collide, leaving her destiny in grave danger.

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I hadn’t been up within the Tower in a while; it have been closed for the earlier few years. possibly i'd get the opportunity on the beginning get together on Friday. The hill glowed copper yellow, and the intense colour of the sand made the Tower glance much more gloomy than traditional. Its shadow loomed in the back of me for a very long time as I drove towards my uncle’s farm. 2 I had simply run my night 6K and had controlled to alter right into a nightshirt while I heard the sound of a motor vehicle within the driveway. It used to be already 8 o’clock, so I was hoping whoever was once outdoor wasn’t the following on respectable enterprise. A knock got here on the door; ahead of i may reply, Johnny stepped within. “Hi. Are you already headed for mattress? ” Even after fifteen years, that smile nonetheless made my legs wobbly, and that i needed to pinch myself mentally. “No, I simply bought again from strolling. take a seat. i used to be as regards to to make a few tea. ” Johnny sat in Uncle Pena’s rocking chair and commenced attempting to trap Mikko onto his lap. I positioned the kettle on after which I slipped into my room to place on panties and a sweatshirt that with a bit of luck may hide my loss of a bra. As i used to be dressing, i realized my fingers trembling. worried dark-green eyes stared again at me from the replicate over the cloth wardrobe. “I notion I’d cease by means of for the reason that we didn’t get to speak for terribly lengthy yesterday,” Johnny stated, me searchingly whilst I back to the lounge. “You haven’t replaced a section. ” “Look a bit nearer and you’ll see all my wrinkles. And what’s in my head has replaced rather a lot too, thank God. ” “Do you continue to play song? ” “Mostly alone. Antti, my boyfriend, performs the piano, and occasionally we jam jointly. yet I haven’t performed in a band due to the fact my first 12 months of legislations university. and also you? Are the Tigers nonetheless jointly? ” “No, we gave up years in the past, yet we nonetheless party sometimes. Jaska performs guitar with us occasionally. yet we’re getting older, and my voice isn’t that groovy in spite of everything the yelling I do best aerobics periods on the rec heart. ” Johnny was once 4 years older than me, yet he didn’t glance the slightest bit middle-aged. His movie-star jawline used to be extra favorite than ever, and the 10 kilos he had wear looked to be natural muscle. I puzzled how Johnny had by no means spotted the overwhelm I had on him fifteen years past, when you consider that even now i used to be thoroughly lifeless round him. I poured the water into the teapot, and we gossiped approximately our universal acquaintances and mentioned books and song. progressively, my anxiety dissipated, and that i remembered why I beloved being round him lots. i suppose that was once why I were so infatuated with Johnny; it had by no means been in basic terms approximately how good-looking he was once. convinced, he was once attractive, yet he had a mind too. He used to be simply simple great to hang around with. That used to be a unprecedented blend in a city the dimensions of Arpikylä. “Have you and Antti been relationship lengthy? ” “A little lower than years. ” “And you aren’t getting uninterested in him but? ” “No. I do panic from time to time notwithstanding. I’m probably not the mate-for-life style. ” Johnny didn’t say whatever yet stored stroking Mikko, who had eventually condescended to being petted.

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