Elina Backman’s WHEN THE KING DIES hits the Finnish bestseller list

We recently shared the exciting news about signing a new author: Elina Backman. Her debut crime novel WHEN THE KING DIES is gaining attention like we have never seen before! In a few weeks the book has climbed to no 6 in the official Finnish Bestseller list!
It has also been reviewed in the two biggest newspapers Helsingin Sanomat and Turun Sanomat, both giving it 5 stars and praising reviews! Countless bloggers have praised this – and nobody can wait for the sequel!



”Backman keeps the multiple storylines effortlessly together and builds an entertaining summery detective story. – – When the King Dies is the beginning of a new series, and it is flowy, exciting and skillfully written novel that leaves you wanting for more.”

– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, May 15th 2020


“I devoured Elina Backman’s debut novel, hoping that it never ends!”

 Turun Sanomat newspaper 9.6.


“Elina Backman’s debut works like a crime novel should: it separates you from normal life and forces you to try to solve the slowly unwinding case. Excellent literary snack!”

– Gloria magazine


”When the King Dies shows that Backman knows her genre very well. The plot moves on and the reader gets just enough clues to  keep them guessing whether they will take them closer to solving the case or are they just a decoy.”

– Tuijata. Kulttuuripohdintoja. Blog


”When the King Dies is pleasurable to read. The plot is full of surprises, a lot is going on, and there’s a great cast of characters. I thought more than once that I had guessed the ending, but I was wrong each time. The end comes with a surprise!”

– Kirjojen kuisketta blog


“When The King dies is an excellent summer crime. Short chapters, great characters, suspense, a dash of romance and the wonderful Finnish summer! Entertaining beginning of a series! This hooked me up completely. 5/5 stars!”

– Kassukan lukupäiväkirja blog


“The plot and references to kings and kingdoms are exciting, and the summery town of Hartola brings a nice atmosphere to the story. The setting with a professional police and an amateur detective works very well! Great choice for those who look for a summery crime novel.”

– Kirsin book club blog


YLE public broadcast recommends: When the King Dies by Elina Backman

 Yle’s book podcast 5.6.2020


“Great mix of romance, crime, normal life and mysteries! It is entertaining, brain-teasing and suspenseful! Is this a future crime queen?!”

– Sanapari blog


When the King Dies is a pleasure to read / listen. Plot is smart and full of surprises. Many times I thought I guessed the ending, but I was wrong each time. – – I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next book!”

– Visit Hartola website


“Wow, DEFINITELY the most delicious detective novel of this spring has been published!”

– Between the lines blog

When the King Dies
Kun kuningas kuolee,
Otava, May 2020, 495 pp.
About the book:

When the King Dies follows Jan, a Helsinki-based police officer investigating a ritualistic murder taking place at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Meanwhile in idyllic countryside an ex-journalist Saana starts to dig up information of a girl who died in the 80’s in Hartola – in the only kingdom in Finland. Jan and Saana’s paths will cross – for more than one reason.


Elina Backman

Elina Backman, 37, is a media & marketing professional living in Helsinki, in an old wooden 1920 house with a family of 2 kids and a husband. Elina loves books (all sorts), travelling, cycling and is a host of a Book & Wine Club. She is a creative soul with a commercial mind, and her goal is to find readers globally – her dream is a Netflix series based on her novels.

Her debut novel When the King Dies was published in May 2020 and has immediately gained an enormous amount of attention from the Finnish media, including a praising review by the biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.


Elina Backman

When the King Dies

2020 May, Crime & Thriller

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