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Escape from Sunset Grove

Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It’s not easy sharing a flat. Especially when you’re 95 years old. Change is afoot at Sunset Grove retirement home, and its residents aren’t impressed. Under threat from falling masonry, best friends Irma and Siiri are forced out of their homes to negotiate twenty-first-century living in the center of Helsinki. Their new surroundings throw up an endless number of daily challenges, from caring for the ailing Anna-Lisa to the mystery of which of the many remotes controls the TV.

The pair are joined by growing numbers of friends in their flat-share, and their new close-quarters living raises some unexpected questions. As the Lavender Ladies begin to dig a little deeper, they find themselves following a trail of corruption, deceit and intimidation that might just lead them to their own front door . . .The Lavender Ladies must steel themselves for what is set to be their most dangerous case yet. Escape from Sunset Grove is the second hilarious and heartwarming crime caper in Minna Lindgren’s Lavender Ladies trilogy.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Minna
Lindgren

Minna Lindgren is a well-known journalist and an expert of classical music. She is the also the author of several non-fiction books. Minna was inspired to write The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency after researching the treatment of the elderly in Finland for a magazine article. The article won the 2009 Bonnier Journalism Prize, considered the highest journalism honour in Finland. The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency: Death in Sunset Grove is her first novel.

Minna Lindgren is a well-known journalist and an expert of classical music. She is the also the author of several non-fiction books. Minna was inspired to write The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency after researching the treatment of the elderly in Finland for a magazine article. The article won the 2009 Bonnier Journalism Prize, considered the highest journalism honour in Finland. The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency: Death in Sunset Grove is her first novel.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Kristian
London

Kristian London is an American translator who divides his time between Seattle and Helsinki. His first published translation, Harri Nykänen’s Nights of Awe, appeared in February 2012 (Bitter Lemon Press, UK). He is currently working on another Nordic crime novel slated for spring release by Minneapolis-based publisher Ice Cold Crime.

Kristian London is an American translator who divides his time between Seattle and Helsinki. His first published translation, Harri Nykänen’s Nights of Awe, appeared in February 2012 (Bitter Lemon Press, UK). He is currently working on another Nordic crime novel slated for spring release by Minneapolis-based publisher Ice Cold Crime.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/01/2014
Country
Finland
Original Language
Finnish
Publisher
Pan Books
Translator
Kristian London
Translation
Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London

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