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Maria Kallio returns home to Finland after training police officers in Afghanistan As the commander of the new special crimes unit of the Espoo Police Department, Maria s first case deals with three missing Muslim immigrants The three girls attended the same youth group as Maria s daughter The case becomes evenintense when a fourth girl from the group is found murdered.This is a long running series, but the first I ve read by this author There is a cast of characters at the beginning o Maria Kallio returns home to Finland after training police officers in Afghanistan As the commander of the new special crimes unit of the Espoo Police Department, Maria s first case deals with three missing Muslim immigrants The three girls attended the same youth group as Maria s daughter The case becomes evenintense when a fourth girl from the group is found murdered.This is a long running series, but the first I ve read by this author There is a cast of characters at the beginning of the book that helped me catch up with the important characters I enjoy several authors in the Nordic mystery genre and was excited to try this book set in Finland I enjoyed Maria from the beginning She is a strong leader, loving mother who is tough but vulnerable I knew nothing about the immigration situation in Finland before reading this book but found the topic interesting The practice of honor killings in Muslim families comes up That aspect of the story is disturbing but realistic, based on my limited knowledge of the subject.I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book I liked the friendship between Maria and her colleague Pekka Koiva as well as the mother daughter relationship between Maria and Iida Maria seems to have a happy marriage, but didn t feel like i got to know her husband in this book, but those who have read other books in the series may have an advantage here.The mystery of the missing girls kept my interest from the beginning to end Without giving anything away, I didn t like the parts of the story dealing with someone Maria worked with in Afghanistan The character is push, unlikable, and although that subplot is connected with the main plot, I didn t like the direction it took the story I really enjoyed the book overall, even though there were disturbing scenes When the whole truth behind the disappearance of the four young women, I was shocked and sickened This is a very suspenseful book and I have already ordered some of the prior books in the series so I can get to know Maria even better.I received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of Crossing The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review [[ Kindle ]] ↚ Where Have All the Young Girls Gone ↝ A group of hate crimes, a conspiracy, or a coincidence Investigator Maria Kallio searches for answers close to home in award winning author Leena Lehtolainen s riveting thrillerAfter completing a dangerous mission training police officers in war torn Afghanistan, Detective Maria Kallio returns to Finland as the head of a new special crimes unit But what awaits her in her home country is her most challenging and unsettling case yet Three immigrant Muslim girls, all members of the same social club, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances When the body of a fourth girl is found in the snow, strangled with her own headscarf, the investigation takes on a grim new urgencyIs there a xenophobic serial killer on the loose A random white nationalist Or does something insidious bind the girls In a Finnish city struggling to assimilate a new population of Muslim immigrants, the answers are hard to come by One thing is certain it will take a detective familiar with the darkest depths of humanity to sift through the wreckage of clashing cultures in search of the truth That detective is Maria Kallio The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America a conspiracy No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy or a coincidence Investigator Maria Kallio searches for answers close to home in award winning author Leena Lehtolainen s riveting thrillerAfter completing a dangerous mission training police officers in war torn Afghanistan Hokuto no Ken - Ken, le survivant Vol.10 Detective Maria Kallio returns to Finland as the head of a new special crimes unit But what awaits her in her home country is her most challenging and unsettling case yet Three immigrant Muslim girls GTO all members of the same social club To Lure a Proper Lady have gone missing under mysterious circumstances When the body of a fourth girl is found in the snow Screening Sandy Hook: Causes and Consequences strangled with her own headscarf Georgia Courthouse Disasters the investigation takes on a grim new urgencyIs there a xenophobic serial killer on the loose A random white nationalist Or does something insidious bind the girls In a Finnish city struggling to assimilate a new population of Muslim immigrants The Z Club the answers are hard to come by One thing is certain it will take a detective familiar with the darkest depths of humanity to sift through the wreckage of clashing cultures in search of the truth That detective is Maria Kallio There were some issues with the names and assumptions about the Bosnian family in this book that made me wonder if there were errors related to the other Muslim girls backgrounds But overall a gripping read that keeps you wondering. I think I ve always categorized books in this series as nordic noir, but this one is evennoir than most of hers, although still well written and engaging In this one Maria is just back from helping train female police officers in Afghanistan and starting a new job as leader of the special crimes unit in her home area Her first case is a combination of cases really, with three young muslim women missing They were also associated with the girls club where Maria s pre teen daughter likes I think I ve always categorized books in this series as nordic noir, but this one is evennoir than most of hers, although still well written and engaging In this one Maria is just back from helping train female police officers in Afghanistan and starting a new job as leader of the special crimes unit in her home area Her first case is a combination of cases really, with three young muslim women missing They were also associated with the girls club where Maria s pre teen daughter likes to go In general this investigation gets too close to home for many of the officers when another young muslim woman is found dead and suspects include her Finnish boyfriend, and her kinsmen This is a bit depressing as it shows anti immigrant activities in Finland which are being mirrored all around the world right now, but it is still gripping and worth reading Leena Lehtolainen has adapted the Me Too movement into a hate immigrants movement Muslims in her latest Maria Kallio book She s brought the Afghan War into the picture by having Maria as a police instructor at the police academy in Jalalabad and on the way to the airport in Kabul going home, the caravan s lead vehicle was bombed Giving Maria nightmares Her daughter Iida was going to an all Girls Club in Tapiola which turned out to have 3 girls missing, and in this case they were all Musli Leena Lehtolainen has adapted the Me Too movement into a hate immigrants movement Muslims in her latest Maria Kallio book She s brought the Afghan War into the picture by having Maria as a police instructor at the police academy in Jalalabad and on the way to the airport in Kabul going home, the caravan s lead vehicle was bombed Giving Maria nightmares Her daughter Iida was going to an all Girls Club in Tapiola which turned out to have 3 girls missing, and in this case they were all Muslims From different countries but missing all the same The book revolves around the missing girls and it develops into honor killings, incest by family members, and marriage by under age girls not legal in Finland And it turns into a real mess by having the people at the Girls Club being responsible for some of the mess I would recommend this book as good reading because you are surprised several times in reading about people in this story Yet you might like it because it turns itself around and brings itself back to what you might believe to have happened It s quiet exciting to read I am glad that i was able to read this book as a standalone, as i have not read any of the previous books by this author A well written book and one that is written with care, due to what could be sensitive subjects to some There are not many books that grip me to the point of being unable to put a book down, but i just couldn t put this book to one side until i had finished A story that will stay within my mind for some time to come I am not going to write what the story is about as i prefe I am glad that i was able to read this book as a standalone, as i have not read any of the previous books by this author A well written book and one that is written with care, due to what could be sensitive subjects to some There are not many books that grip me to the point of being unable to put a book down, but i just couldn t put this book to one side until i had finished A story that will stay within my mind for some time to come I am not going to write what the story is about as i prefer one to read the book for themselves, but i do highly recommend My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my e arc copy This is my honest review Major Lauri Vala peacekeeper told Corporal Jere Numminen subordinate he was calling Colonel Steve Baxter US International Security Assistance Force.The Fox Co from the 112th was supposed to be monitoring the road Pekka Koivu had been collecting the personal information addresses of the lost girls.Detective Ursula Kallio Espoo PD VCU was interviewing Miina Saraneva.Ayan Ali Jussuf f, babysitter, Muslim, Girls Club has disappeared Aisha was quite sure all the evidence had been dispose Major Lauri Vala peacekeeper told Corporal Jere Numminen subordinate he was calling Colonel Steve Baxter US International Security Assistance Force.The Fox Co from the 112th was supposed to be monitoring the road Pekka Koivu had been collecting the personal information addresses of the lost girls.Detective Ursula Kallio Espoo PD VCU was interviewing Miina Saraneva.Ayan Ali Jussuf f, babysitter, Muslim, Girls Club has disappeared Aisha was quite sure all the evidence had been disposed of.Commander Maria Koivu wife mother, narrator, Espoo PD Special Crimes Unit was questioning Auntie Aune K m r inen elderly f.Defective Puupponen Oinonen Espoo PD VCU was going to handcuff Samir Amir 20 , Sara s brother.Sara Amir 14, Muslim, Girls Club member is in Bosnia.Anni Kuusim ki Espoo PD VCU had been murdered Detective Markku Ruuskanen Espoo PD VCU , Defective Ville Puupponen, Sergeant Ursula Honkanen Espoo PD VCU , Commander Koivu were discussing several things Tuomas Soivio m, Olari HS Jr was obsessed with wanted to date Ms Noor Ezfahani 16, Iranian, Girls Club member They were dating Heini Korhonen Girls Club director didn t think to highly of him.She had been murdered Detective Markku Ruuskanen Espoo PD VCU , Detective Ville Puustj rvi Espoo PD VCU , Hakkarainen Forensic investigator , Detective Anu Pekka SCU , Miro Ruuskanen Forensics were helping with the murder cases also.Tuomas Soivio Noor Iranian had started dating She later was killed Heini Korhonen had been raped Officer Rasilainen Espoo PD , Officer Timonen Espoo PD arrived at her apartment Samir Amir Sara s brother, Bosnian Muslim was in the corner of the room Detective Kallio took Heini Girl s Club to the Jorvi Hospital ER Would the murder mysteries be solved someone brought to justice What will happen to Samir A big shout out to Owen F Witesman Translator , this had to be a tough one Warning This book contains extremely graphic adult content, or violence which is only suitable for mature readers It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader I did not receive any type of compensation for reading reviewing this book While I receive free books from publishers authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review Only an honest one A very awesome book cover, great font writing style Wow, a fairly well written xenophobic serial killer book It wasn t always very easy for me to read follow from start finish translator interpretation , but never a dull moment There were no grammar typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists turns a great set of unique characters to keep track of This could also make another great xenophobic serial killer movie, or better yet a mini TV series The list of characters could be revised easier to read Still liked it a lot so I will rate it at 5 stars Thank you for the free author Goodreads MakingConnections Making Connections discussion group talk CrossingDigital Services LLC book Tony Parsons MSW Washburn Maria Kallo is one of my favorite detectives because she lives a fairly normal life Even in the heat of an investigation, she always has time for a cup of coffee and a Danish with a fellow Espoo police officer In this edition, a group of Arabic speaking young girls has disappeared and she spends most of her time trying to find out where they are and what has happened to them One of them, a gorgeous young beauty, turns up strangled and that puts the status of all of them in doubt I must admit Maria Kallo is one of my favorite detectives because she lives a fairly normal life Even in the heat of an investigation, she always has time for a cup of coffee and a Danish with a fellow Espoo police officer In this edition, a group of Arabic speaking young girls has disappeared and she spends most of her time trying to find out where they are and what has happened to them One of them, a gorgeous young beauty, turns up strangled and that puts the status of all of them in doubt I must admitconfusion than normal over names Most of them are Finnish, but not a few are Arabic names that all rattle around the brain in a novel Along the way to solution of the disappearances, we hear about her son s ice skating and the insides of a lutz, and Kallio s opinions of various rock groups She also has to fight off the weird Lari Valla, a Finnish soldier obsessed with a drug lord who is attempting to expand his enterprise to Finland Kallio has some service in Afghanistan so there are events there that get her attention Given the many elements, the story moves along at a rapid pace, typical of Lehtolainen This is a good example of her style, which I find intriguing and beguiling It is amazing how much you can learn about other countries from the best of these mysteries and Lehtolainen is one of the best at casually inserting details about normal life into her text Highly recommended Nordic Noir This is the latest in the series which has been one of my favorites This one was a little less tight than previous entries, but still enjoyable There s a murder of a girl, daughter of middle eastern immigrants but there s not a lot of mystery surrounding how it was done There are a lot of people, however, trying to make itconfusing The question is, is this murder connected to the disappearance of 3 other middle eastern immigrant girls.The whole thing hits fairly close to home as her da This is the latest in the series which has been one of my favorites This one was a little less tight than previous entries, but still enjoyable There s a murder of a girl, daughter of middle eastern immigrants but there s not a lot of mystery surrounding how it was done There are a lot of people, however, trying to make itconfusing The question is, is this murder connected to the disappearance of 3 other middle eastern immigrant girls.The whole thing hits fairly close to home as her daughter Iida, now a young teen, is active in a local Girls Club to which the missing and murdered girls all belonged Maria would like to protect her daughter from some harsh realities, but she s getting info from on line sources almost before the police get their investigation underway.Because of the sort of disjointed nature of all the various investigations, I found the ending less satisfying than usual, but still a good read Love and Hatred in FinlandWe Americans tend to think our societal problems only exist here I have learned so much of the Finnish struggles with immigration and underground drug trade and violence through the Maria Kallio series This book delves into the efforts of the EU to stabilize Afghanistan and Finland s part in that, legal and illegal immigrants from the MidEast, Russia s part in the illegal activities and prejudice and efforts to counter that prejudice with acceptance and understanding Love and Hatred in FinlandWe Americans tend to think our societal problems only exist here I have learned so much of the Finnish struggles with immigration and underground drug trade and violence through the Maria Kallio series This book delves into the efforts of the EU to stabilize Afghanistan and Finland s part in that, legal and illegal immigrants from the MidEast, Russia s part in the illegal activities and prejudice and efforts to counter that prejudice with acceptance and understanding Throughout, Maria matures and tries to keep her family safe and groundedexcellent 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