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Palm Beach, Finland

Published Date: 26th June 2018

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Description

Sex, lies and ill-fitting swimwear … Sun Protection Factor 100

Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village – the ‘hottest beach in Finland’. The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: find out what happened, by any means necessary.
With a nod to Fargo, and dark noir, Palm Beach, Finland is both a page-turning thriller and a black comedy about lust for money, fleeing dreams and people struggling at turning points in their lives – chasing their fantasies regardless of reason.

 

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‘Right up there with the best’ TLS

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‘Deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny’ Irish Times

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‘Like the death cap mushroom, Tuomainen’s dark story manages to be as delicious as it is toxic’ Sunday Express

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‘A roller-coaster read and extraordinarily poignant’ Guardian

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‘A winner right from the first sentence … an offbeat jewel’ Publishers Weekly

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‘A tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humour’ Foreword Reviews

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‘Is it wrong that I really want to visit this Palm Beach even though its fictional and sit on an inflatable flamingo? Antti has one wicked sense of humour and this is no more apparent than in this book. It’s dark, humourous and darkly humourous. Palm Beach Finland is a destination you’ll want to have on your literary boarding pass this summer!’ The Book Trail

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‘Finnish criminal chucklemeister Tuomainen is channelling Carl Hiaasen in this hilarious novel set in a bizarre Florida-style beach resort on Finland’s chilly shore. There are comically inept dim-crims, inventive psychos, a hot babe and even a blow-up pink flamingo — which is a lot for ace detective Jan Nyman to deal with when he arrives, undercover, to investigate a mysterious death.’ Palm Beach, Finland was recommended in the Times Crime Club

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‘Following on from his hilarious, dark comedy about, of all things, the mushroom trade, THE MAN WHO DIED, Finnish author Tuomainen delivers another delightful slice of dark humour and crime, full of bizarros, downbeats and deluded characters worthy of Carl Hiaasen, running around in ever-decreasing circles in a cold Finland coastal resort that is the total opposite of Florida but nonetheless aspires to its touristy attractions against all the odds … The premise of the story is familiar but the twists and highly original absurdities Tuomainen weaves around it will have you in stitches and his characters jump out of the page with gusto, both larger than life and terribly fallible but loveable -even the cretinous or would be villainous baddies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry with laughter, what is there not to like? Welcome to a classic new holiday resort! Palm Beach Finland is highly recommended on Crime Time

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‘Jan Nyman may be an undercover policeman but PALM BEACH FINLAND is no police procedural. Award-winning Finnish writer Antti Tuomainen takes a different approach with each novel: environmental speculative fiction; investigative thriller; psychological thriller. This latest, PALM BEACH FINLAND, brings us satire and criminal slapstick. It’s a dark farce in which a group of characters chase their dreams or rather those that money can buy … Antti Tuomainen always steps into the new with each novel and PALM BEACH FINLAND, in this assured translation by David Hackston, takes a Finnish slice from the comic, crazy, greedy, crime world of the likes of Get Shorty or Fargo. Where will Tuomainen’s imagination take us next? I don’t know but before that – read this one. Absolutely recommended’ Euro Crime

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‘This isn’t a book of shocking reveals; it’s about characters tying themselves up in knots. Some are trying to cover up their crimes, others are trying to solve a mystery that’s not nearly as complicated as they think it is. Like Fargo before it, unfortunate events take place and people get in over their heads, digging themselves deeper and more hopeless holes, until there’s no way they can ever climb out of them. Yet despite the murderous subject matter, Palm Beach, Finland refuses to take itself too seriously. The off kilter, black comedy tone is perfect for such a far-fetched story, guaranteeing plenty of spontaneous bouts of laughter. As the cover of the book says, this is a thriller of ‘sex, crime and ill-fitting swimwear’ – the latter of which gets plenty of description. It’s also a cautionary tale of money, greed, lost opportunities and long-held dreams, which manages to be both funny and poignant at the same time. Nyman isn’t your standard troubled detective, Olivia isn’t your typical damsel in distress, and Palm Beach Finland is definitely not your average holiday destination. It does make for a brilliant location though, if not one you’d want to visit then one you’ll happily – and entertainingly – read about’ Culture Fly 

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‘A quirky, smirky, entertaining slice of fabulous … The first paragraph of Palm Beach, Finland is beautifully written, it quite literally slapped my attention and I settled in with something approaching ghoulish glee! A wonderful wave of dark humour rolls through this novel gathering raised eyebrows and snorts. The cast increases, the action builds, and oh how my tummy and mind tied themselves in knots as the story spun in ever decreasing eccentric circles … I thoroughly, completely and totally recommend Palm Beach, Finland, do grab yourself a copy and pop a do not disturb sign on your door!’

Liz Robinson, LoveReading

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Author

Finnish Antti Tuomainen (b. 1971) was an award-winning copywriter when he made his literary debut in 2007 as a suspense author. The critically acclaimed My Brother’s Keeper was published two years later. In 2011 Tuomainen’s third novel, The Healer, was awarded the Clue Award for ‘Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2011’ and was shortlisted for the Glass Key Award. The Finnish press labelled The Healer – the story of a writer desperately searching for his missing wife in a post-apocalyptic Helsinki – ‘unputdownable’. Two years later in 2013 they crowned Tuomainen ‘The King of Helsinki Noir’ when Dark as My Heart was published. With a piercing and evocative style, Tuomainen is one of the first to challenge the Scandinavian crime genre formula. The Man Who Died brought him to his literary best.
Follow Antti on Twitter @antti_tuomainen, on Facebook facebook.com/AnttiTuomainen and on his website: www.antituomainen.com

Translator

David Hackston is a British Translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto’s Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled, all published by Orenda Books). He also translates Antti Tuomainen’s stories. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation. David is also a professional countertenor and a founding member of the English Vocal Consort of Helsinki.
Follow David on Twitter @Countertenorist

Online Reviews

I loved the subtlety of the humour in The Man Who Died and this has been perfected once more for Palm Beach Finland. Characterisation is brilliant, the description of the landscape as chilling as a Finnish summer and the story… Oh boy the story. So many times I was out and out chuckling. Many elements I could identify with and then a series of scenarios and situations which were just timed to perfection. And is it wrong that I really liked one of the darker characters in the story, Holma? His loyalty is to be admired, his methods for obtaining cooperation less so. He was fab. Pack up your towels, your buckets and spades and your warmest windcheater and head off to Palm Beach Finland. This is one summer vacation you won’t forget in a hurry. Loved it. Jen Med’s Book Reviews

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As the name implies, Scandi Noir can be quite heavy and intense. Palm Beach, Finland offers the best of a police investigation with an undercover cop you can’t help but fall for, and it doesn’t stop there. Suspicions are all around, everyone has something to hide, and yet… And yet there is so much pleasure to take from reading about this murder. Yes, pure pleasure coming from a different literary voice tackling the issues we are used read about. The case is the perfect pretext to take a closer look at what drives us to do what we do. Like a summer breeze, swimming in and out of the muddy water with witty remarks, spot-on comments, and an attention to details that make this trip to the ocean a million times worth it, the author hits the mark and provides a unique and unforgettable tale of dreams. I will not give anything away regarding the plot, or even the characters. This must me one of the vaguest reviews I have ever written. But this is okay. I truly believe in Palm Beach, Finland, in its cover, and in the novel itself, and I have no doubts you will love it’ Chocolate N Waffles

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‘The frigid air of the holiday village setting leeches from the pages and leaves you feeling suitably chilled, the plot on the other hand will unnerve you and have you devouring the book to find out what happens. The writing is clever, it’s electrifying and utterly brilliant.  This is an author you want to watch out for; each of his books is a joy to read and usually renders me speechless at the level of inventiveness woven throughout the plots’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘It takes a skilled writer to give each of these secondary characters depth. Tuomainen achieves this by writing the chapters from multiple different points of view, but sticking throughout to the third person. The Man Who Died was such an innovation in the crime genre, such a refreshing and poignant act of virtuoso writing, that it was always going to be a tough act to follow. While Palm Beach Finland is very enjoyable, it’s not quite as satisfying as its predecessor. Nevertheless, Tuomainen is one of those authors whose books are an automatic must-read so pick up or download a copy as soon as you can’

 Crime Fiction Lover

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Palm Beach Finland, is a beautifully written book that works on a number of levels. Part undercover detective story; part darkly humorous novel; part love story; there is also a part that has something to say about who we are as people and why our dreams and hopes matter so much. That is why it works so well and makes us laugh out loud.  With an acute attention to detail, there are people here we recognise, and themes we identify with.  From the old woman in town who knows everything (and now we know why!) to the owner of the inherited house where nothing works, these characters are brought to life through their different chapters, each with their thoughts and actions described a step removed in the third person. This is one of those books you just don’t want to put down, and I suspect it’s a book I will get even more from when I return to it to read it again’ Live and Deadly

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‘The author is an absolute master in the art of dark humour with a twist of the surreal. I would have voted The Man Who Died as the funniest crime fiction novel I’ve ever read and this one is a strong contender for that title. The characters were all richly drawn and there wasn’t one character who was superfluous to the plot. With a nod to the expert translation from David Hackston. I absolutely loved it. An excellent read and a little gem that brightened up the start of my autumn reading’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘Let me say that after reading the first book by Antti Tuomainen, I couldn’t wait to read the next and I am not disappointed at all! The fate of everyone at Palm Beach Finland seems to be in hands of the owner, he has big plans to grow the hotel complex and is ready to do anything to make his dreams come true, even to kill … This had been an addictive and twisted read, to laugh at some of the situations and be ashamed of some others, a great read to enjoy!’ Varietats

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‘It is a fast paced book with short chapters that keep you turning the page and wanting ti know what happens next. It is well-plotted and intriguing with characters that leap from the page. It is clear that Antti Tuomainen has a sharp mind and a wicked sense of humour as it oozes from the pages … I love Antti Tuomainen’s writing (and the brilliant translation by David Hackston)- it is dark and delicious and wickedly tongue in cheek … If you like your crime dark with a side of sass then this could be the book for you. He’s a kind of Finnish Mick Herron, if Mick Herron wrote about hapless criminals on freezing cold  beach resorts that is.  Anyway, it’s good. Actually, it’s better than good, it is exceptional. Go on, treat yourself – it is a moreish treat that deserves to be read in one sitting’

Beverley Has Read

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‘I loved the dry wit, the understated humour which dominated in The Man Who Died. It made Jaakko more human and gave the story a beautiful twist that had me tearing through the pages in no time flat. With Palm Beach Finland, Antti Tuomainen has taken this and kicked it up a notch. Several notches. So many moments of this book had me chuckling out loud, so many times when I could feel that smile building on my face as I once again raced through the book. I didn’t read it, I devoured it and it only left me hungry for more’ Jen Meds Book Review

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‘The setting was described beautifully, which was a massive thumbs up for me as I have never been to Finland, and the storyline contained multiple criminals and a lot of criminal activity … Even though this book is written with the truth at the start, I was excited about connecting the dots to said event, wondering which character fell into the path along the way and why. The to-ing and fro-ing between the characters was very cleverly written, as was entire vibe of the novel … I adore Tuomainen’s unique writing style which combines criminal activity with comedic activity, a combination I never knew was possible until I read this author. I may always find myself thinking ‘what the heck?!’ every time I read his novels, but I promise you it is definitely thought with a smile on my face as I sped through the pages not wanting this book to end’ The Writing Garnet

Antti writes a guest post about ‘the hottest beach in Finland’ as part of the blog tour. Page Turners Nook

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‘This is a super novel; dark, sassy, sharp and oh so funny. The characters are a mixed bunch but all equally readable. From the inept duo trying to scare Olivia into selling her home to the cold dark psychopath who sent real chills up my spine they all kept me reading. Antti does characterisation really well. The translation by David Jackson is fantastic and I can imagine that Antti will be delighted to have worked with such a skilful translator. Of course I would expect nothing less from the team at Orenda Books, they are one of the best publishers of adult crime around and as always have brought us another incredible author. I can’t wait to read more of his work’  Tales Before Bedtime

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‘If you enjoy your crime on the “comedy of errors” side and have a morbid sense of humour then this is a book that’s crying out for your attention. The characters come alive before your eyes and I struggled to pick out a favourite, although Olivia and Jan are very much up there. And Leivo must have an extra special mention as the overly positive owner of the resort who also got the best lines in the book! Summer 2018 has been the summer of the flamingo (we had a huge blow up one in our pool and in honour of it, I bought a flamingo covered swimming costume!) but now whenever I see a flamingo I will think of Palm Beach Finland. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write! Weird but wonderful and utterly addictive with its fast paced storyline that can be compared to a Finnish Fargo. Enjoy!’ My chestnut Reading Tree

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‘Antti Tuomainen has a wonderful sense of humour that he deftly weaves throughout his writing, and so readers are in for a real treat with Palm Beach, Finland.  His unique brand of dark humour is perfectly matched to a superbly plotted narrative and some impressive characterisation, culminating in one of the most impressive reads that will leave you desperate for more! … As with Tuomainen’s other books, the descriptions of settings are magnificent and give the reader the feeling of being transported to the shores of Finland. The frigid air of the holiday village setting leeches from the pages and leaves you feeling suitably chilled, the plot on the other hand will unnerve you and have you devouring the book to find out what happens. The writing is clever, it’s electrifying and utterly brilliant. This is an author you want to watch out for, each of his books is a joy to read and usually renders me speechless at the level of inventiveness woven throughout the plots’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘Antti’s writing style took a while for me to get used to and the chapters alternate between different characters but once I knew what was happening I was hooked. The black humour throughout is just brilliant, several times I was laughing at the antics of the characters. The big plans the owner has for Palm Beach Finland are just brilliant, I adored the descriptions of the resort and I could imagine what it would look like … Palm Beach Finland is quirky, unique and very original, the plot is addictive and darkly funny. A fascinating read by a brilliant author. Dark comedy at it’s best, one that I will read again in the future!’

 Katie’s Book Cave

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‘Likened to Fargo, and my thoughts are a day after finishing it, that like that film and similar the reader would appreciate and notice a lot more by reading more than once. I’m sure there are things that I missed on a first read. All because of the fascinating and multi layered characters … Alongside the humour, unintentional violence and mayhem is the blossoming friendship between Jan and Olivia. Far from straightforward but very sweet. Just wonderful’

Steph’s Book Blog

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Antti talks about ‘why there are two sides to every story and creating criminal characters’ as part of the blog tour for Palm Beach, Finland.

Off-the-Shelf Books

‘Excellently translated, cursing and all! Palm Beach, Finland is far-out, it really is. It’s a combination of Quentin Tarentino and the Coen Brothers, let loose with a Dulux colour card and a shovel. It’s a head wrecker of a book but in a fun kinda way.Palm Beach Finland is completely unpredictable. It is dark. It is eccentric. It is crime fiction with a zany twist. Hats off Mr Tuomainen, you have introduced me to a whole new world….that of Finnish Noir’ Swirl and Thread

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Palm Beach Finland is original, unique and highly unusual. This is crime fiction with a difference and I dare say nobody does it better than Antii Tuomainen does. So a mystery to solve, although not quite for the reader since we know pretty much what happened from the start. But the characters in this story are all so incredibly unpredictable, there is no way of knowing what they’ll get up to next or even if their actions will be successful. That’s half the fun right there. Yet, there is also a more serious undertone to the story … Wonderfully weird, fabulously funny and extremely entertaining’ Novel Deelights

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‘Antti Tuomainen nails it in Palm Beach Finland. The cycle of characters, all trying to better their position in life, is terrifically presented. Dialogue is sharp and acerbic when it needs to be, dreamy and dozy when the inept enforcers are the focus and frustration is evident when nefarious plans come unstuck. Loaded with dry humour I can see why the movie Fargo gets a namecheck in so many reviews. The comparison to the Academy Award winning film is apt but Toumainen makes Palm Beach Finland very much his own – it is just tricky finding a way to describe the clever and quirky tone of the story … I can’t think of another crime novel quite like this one. Great fun!’ Grab This Book

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‘Although touted as a cross between Baywatch and Fargo, to my mind, Tuomainen’s style is more in keeping with the great ‘screwball noir’ movies of the past (like personal favourite Arsenic and Old Lace) which combine elements of film noir with the farce of screwball comedy, thus allowing the audience to laugh out loud at shocking crimes and acts of extreme violence … In Palm Beach Finland, the hinterland of characters are engagingly likeable, particularly the crooks who shine through, even while committing their most reprehensible crimes, and Tuomainen’s adept writing and sharp humour are highlighted by David Hackston’s fluid translation. A tightly written novel – funny, clever, slick. A must’  The Literary Shed

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The novel is full of amazing characters, quirky individuals who each play a part in this very different thriller … it’s original, extraordinarily funny, sad, but also uplifting. It is also incredibly clever, in the way it weaves each character into the story and catching them up in a web of lies and deceit … I would recommend this book to all readers, not just thriller readers, because it is a real treat. From page one I was gripped in the human drama as it unfolded. I laughed, sometimes inappropriately and was also sad because I didn’t want it to end’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘With Tuomaimen you get crime and caper all wrapped up in a decidedly Finnish packet. In this case a murder mystery novel with black humour as witty as pink flamingos in the winter. Tuomainen has a distinctive style which David Hackston must work really hard to adapt into English, hats off to him. At times the surreal humour gets in the way of the narrative which is more driven by the unique setting that any any of the characters .That said Palm Beach Finland is a fun read for crime fiction fans looking for something to brighten their Autumn stacks’ Words Shortlist

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‘It’s funnier than I have given it credit for. And it leads to what I think is one of the great strengths of the book: that although it finds its characters crazy, and their actions ludicrous, it presents those dreams, no matter how unconventional or unlikely, in a relatively straight way (even though they are indeed madcap) … Once again Antti Tuomainen demonstrates a willingness to push boundaries and prove that slapstick need not be shallow’ Café Thinking

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‘There is the usual mix of characters who all have their own stories to tell yet this is what makes Toumainen’s books so good and so brilliantly readable. One of THE great characters of this book is the owner of the holiday village Jorma Leivo. He is one character to keep an eye on. Sometimes when you have a host of characters in a book it can be easy to lose track of who is who and doing what. But this is why I really enjoy reading Antti Toumainen. He makes his books so readable and this is a book were time will pass you by very quickly. If you like your crime novels with added wit and humour, then Palm Beach Finland is one book you will love. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘This is the only book I’ve read twice this year and I loved it just as much second time around; it is a uniquely irreverent, very cleverly crafted story which kept me guessing throughout as to the eventual outcome and left me smiling long after I finished it. I really must also praise David Hackston’s sterling work in translating the novel, he once again has brought Antti Tuomainen’s words seamlessly to English readers. Palm Beach, Finland is another absolute triumph of a book by the King of Helsinki Noir and I cannot recommend it highly enough’ Hair Past a Freckle

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‘Tuomainen describes in his acknowledgements how his most recent books mark a change in his writing style. His newer works are now served up with a ‘healthy dose of black humour, flavouring the noir proceedings’ as opposed to his previous darker works. This is my first exposure to Tuomainen so I can’t comment on his previous works but if he was aiming for witty crime writing, he really hit the nail on the head with this one … Overall I loved it and thought Jan Nyman, the undercover cop sent to investigate the murder, easily has another book or two. Antti – if Nyman does reappear, please allow Muurla a line or two! It’s original, it’s funny and it stands out in all its neon glory in the ever popular Scandi noir genre. I will be watching to see what comes next’ Cramlington Book Club

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‘If The Man Who Died evoked memories of Fargo, then Palm Beach Finland is a heady neon cocktail of Miami Vice, with a dash of Baywatch and a beach umbrella to top it off.  Antti Tuomainen delivers another beautifully judged dark vein of humour running through the neon and pastels, but lurking behind the colourful facade, there’s a splendid noirish tale of murder. I loved Palm Beach Finland. Other blogs on the tour will go into far more detail than I will, suffice it to say that this is another gem from the King of Helsinki Noir. Antti gave us #mushroomnoir, and now #flamingonoir. What will he come up with next? I, for one, cannot wait to find out’ Espresso Coco

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‘I’m a huge fan of this author and his unique writting style that perfectly blends dark noir with humour.  Palm Beach Finland was no exception and I often found myself laughing aloud at the characters antics. There are some truly fantastic characters in this book which are each so wonderfully endearing that you can’t help but like them … Its a very unpredictable book as your never sure what’s going to happen next but that’s half the fun! I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, witty and mad book. This is the third book by this author I have read and I’m slowly working my way through his older books.  I’m very excited to see what he comes up with next, a must-read author for everyone as I guarantee it will make you laugh!’ Over the Rainbow Book Blog

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‘Antti Tuomainen has a way of setting the scene so I felt as if I was experiencing everything with the characters. With surprises and twists that will keep you guessing. Even though there are a few characters to follow I became invested in each and every one with me easily being drawn into whatever trouble or drama they found themselves in. However I do have to give a special mention to Muurla for his brilliant but wildly inappropriate anecdotes. If you are looking for a book that is just that little bit different then look no further. What you will find is a very cleverly crafted plot that balances a dark undercurrent with humour and twists. With a seamless translation from David Hackston I’m so glad that I was able to pick up a copy of this book. There are so many words to describe this book but I will sum this story up as fun, dark, witty and brilliant! Palm Beach Finland is a fantastic topsy-turvy kind of story!’ Rae Reads

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‘There are an array of fantastic characters in this book which tell the story from their own perspectives in alternating chapters and that you won’t be able to help but fall in love with, even the really terrible people … They all bring this story to joyous life and I absolutely loved all of them by the end of the book. I don’t read enough translated fiction but, if it was all as good as this, I would read more. I wish my Finnish was good enough to allow me to read this in the original but the translator has done a wonderful job of bringing the spirit of Antti’s story to life in English so we can enjoy it seamlessly. I think this is a book that has layers and layers of nuance to peel back over multiple readings and, consequently, the paperback is now on pre-order so that I can enjoy it again and again. I can’t recommend it highly enough – life-affirming pleasure in paperback form. Books like this are the reason I blog’ A Little Book Problem

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‘The book has an undertone of having a dark sense of humour, I was never quite sure whether I should be laughing or in shock at some of the scenes. The character development is superb and I especially loved Jan and his detective skills. After my initial concerns, I soon realised that I was whizzing through the pages and I was fully submerged in this outlandish book. Sometimes you need a break from the norm and this book will certainly give you that’

Whispering Stories

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‘The descriptive narrative within the book is excellent is both wonderful and perplexing. You can truly visualise the mad antics that are occuring, yet at the same time are left scratching your head and wondering WTF …  Antti Toumainen literally schools you in how to have an ensemble cast of protagonists and supporting characters and them all be integral to the plot. Their interactions and to the wit and humour of the book, and really cement the notion that this is very much a ‘comedy of errors. Palm Beach Finland truly does embody the word quirky, the fact that the plot is about a murder just adds to its uniqueness. The comparison to Fargo and last years Baywatch movie totally works. I personally thought it was brilliant and I am looking forward to checking out the rest of Antti Tuomainen’s work’  Loving Life Everyday

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Antti writes a guest post about ‘writing funny crime’ as part of the blog tour. If Only I Could Read Faster

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‘Tuomainen indulges in dark humour, often letting circumstance and chance dictate the fate of his characters, most of them bonkers as hell but all the more likeable for it … Tuomainen’s writing is wonderfully entertaining and his observation of human behaviour is sharp and very witty. What his characters say in earnest makes the reader often howl with joy and cough with giggle fits. After reading Palm Beach Finland you will probably think long and hard about the ‘career’ of Bruce Springsteen. Also, I’m not ashamed to admit no one ever made me laugh louder during death scenes than Antti Tuomainen. Palm Beach Finland is a Coen Brothers story, the script stolen and rewritten by Groucho Marx. Highly entertaining – it will light up any dull autumn day’

Devoted to Thrills

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‘The most striking thing about Palm Beach Finland has to be its tone. There is a seam of black humour which runs throughout, in stark contrast to the murder and mayhem which is happening. There are some genuinely funny moments and comedic characters who give the whole story colour and quirkiness. The story has an individuality which makes it a pleasure to read. All of the characters are at a stage of their lives where they are wanting more. They all have flaws and make mistakes but there is a hopeful air to the story as they are on the lookout for better things … In short: Black humour meets black noir crime’

Books Life and Everything 

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‘There was practically a comedy of errors in this story, as all the characters were flawed in various ways and all very capable of making mistakes, and poor decisions, it was just some were more critical than others. Being a fan of anything featuring a holiday destination, and not having read anything before set in Finland are what attracted me at first to the book – but its not nor was it ever going to be a gentle chick lit summer read, but neither is it a heavy thriller with a huge body count.  If I was asked to describe it I would say its comic crime – not sure if that is a thing but its funny and had me smiling in places, and there were certainly criminals! I would certainly recommend it to those who prefer slightly lighter crime stories, those after a laugh, or just anyone wanting something slightly different to read’ Rachel’s Random Reads

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‘The combination of the characters, each pitted against the other to solve a murder, was brilliantly done giving the novel a real comedic feel. You never quite knew what they were going to get upto next and I found it hard to tear myself away. The pace didn’t let up and the latter parts were tension filled, funny and damned good, an author not afraid to let his imagination run wild. I think this is why I liked this novel so much, yes it is very much along the long lines of your typical thriller, but the ideas and settings were utterly unique and it didn’t take itself too seriously. If you want a thriller with a light humourous touch that is well written, addictive and just very good then I suggest you rush off to your local library and borrow a copy, you will not regret it’ My Bookish Blogspot

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‘Tuomainen is clearly an author who knows how to write characters. This is the third of his novels I’ve had the pleasure to read and each has been populated with characters that convince and ring true. That he peoples Palm Beach, Finland with characters so earthed in reality – including the failed rock-star dreams of Chico to Jorma Leivo’s desperate hatred of humidity that drives him to create the most absurd of holiday resorts – makes it all the more brilliant and its humour even more darkly delicious. The book is also dripping with fantastic secondary characters each with their moments of hilarity … Absurd, hilarious and thoroughly compelling, Antti Tuomainen has given us another fantastic slice of Finnish fiction that should be at home on as many book shelves as possible. It also deals very heavily in Bruce Springsteen references which is always going to get a thumbs up from this reader’ Mumbling About

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‘Bookings are being taken for the summer season 2019 as we speak, don’t delay – rooms are going quicker than an Aldi cashier zapping items through on the cash desk conveyor belt.’ – Palm Beach Finland Resort. In his own way the author shows how shallow, desperate and greedy the human race can be when it comes down to cold hard cash … It’s a quirky venture into witty noir with a cheeky nod in the direction of an 80s cult crime series. Only Tuomainen could pull this off.  He has a talent for creating bizarre storylines and making them not only enjoyable but also seem completely normal. Definitely an author to check out’

Cheryl MM’s Book Blog

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‘Tuomainen really knows how to set a good scene and as chapters passed by, I really got a feel of what Palm Beach Finland was like. At first, it felt like any bustling holiday resort, with chalets, water sports and a large beach. Then I began to learn about the dated decor, unhappy employees and minimal beach dwellers and it really brought to life how bland this place was. Quite clever as one would never expect anything terrible to happen in this awfully dull place … Overall, I wasn’t let down by the pages of good reviews that came along with Palm Beach Finland. It was only my second venture into Scandi noir after The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, which I was rather let down by, so I was skeptical opening the first page. However, my fears were soon set to rest and now I am eager to read more from Tuomainen’ Joyful Antidotes

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‘I was really looking forward to reading this one and I have to say that it certainly did not disappoint! I thought that the plot was great and it was definitely a page turner and a tad quirky at times which makes it stand out from other books in this genre.  The characters were well developed and I enjoyed their interaction.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Four stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed it, well written and a great, gripping story! Highly recommended!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

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‘I loved the setting of this book, the cheesiness of the resort provided a lightness to this investigative thriller and Tuomainen has created humour through the characters’ mannerisms and thoughts. I read this whilst on holiday so felt a strong connection to the resort setting but I can imagine I’d have been transported there, even if I’d been in wintry England on my sofa, because Tuomainen’s descriptive writing style brings the beach, the town, the houses to life… the entire atmosphere wraps you in a literary cocoon – it’s glorious! Witty, clever, full of surprises and quirky – it stands out from the crowd in the crime fiction genre and is well worth adding to your TBR’ Reviews by Chloe

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‘I read Antti Tuomainen’s last book The Man Who Died because I had been told it was absolutely wonderful, so I did and it was!  Therefore, when I heard he had a new book Palm Beach, Finland out and was asked if I wanted to be on the blogtour, I jumped on board without even reading the blurb. Once again, the author displays a talent for wacky and hilarious characters, absurb plotlines, ridiculous situations and a completely surreal story which keeps the reader smiling and shaking their head in disbelief and then wondering what medication the author is on and where I can get hold of some myself. A really enjoyable change from all the dark, suspense thrillers and perfect for some light relief’ Compulsive Readers

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‘Palm Beach Funland, dammit, Palm…Beach…Finland is a raucous, wonderful, hilarious and just brilliant slice of Finnish crime writing. Of course, it’s a brilliant piece of writing full stop, but the setting and Finnish attitudes, and coming from a Finn himself, definitely lift this above the rest. On that note a round of applause must be given to the translator, David Hackston. Without David this book would just be another book full of words with all their vowels strung together and odd little accents over them. I thought that Icelandic was hard to pronounce, but it’s a doddle compared to some of the Finnish words  So thank you David, you have helped to make the literary world a happier, funnier and better place’ Beardy Book Blogger

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‘The bleak setting of the town and resort is clearly described and fits well with the overall story and adds to the feeling of desperation surrounding the various characters. The story is well written and smartly plotted; it is an original tale and filled with amusing observations and funny lines. It is also action-packed and murderous and thrilling and very entertaining, so if you like your humour dark and your stories quirky, I highly recommend Palm Beach, Finland’

 Julia Palooza

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‘The tale twists and turns unexpectedly and this is the beauty of Tuomainen’s writing. He has a unique way of seeing things and eloquently passes that on to his readers. The book has an exploding sauna in it. How much more Finnish could you get? To attack one’s sauna apparently is deeply, deeply laden with meaning. Who knew? There is an undercurrent of love and also sex, but that may not appear when you expect it.  Bruce Springsteen is featured, lust, guitars, an old house, a money hiding microwave, Miami Vice, so many details and unexpected things that all add to the story which is basically about greed. The big man’s greed for power, land and money.  The small man’s  greed for guitars, a ticket out-of-town, a nice car.  Meanwhile Olivia Koski just wants to fix her indoor toilet, restore her house and make a home for herself. But someone was murdered in it.  Why? Who? Go and find out!’ Nordic Noir

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‘Palm Beach, Finland is edgy, slightly surreal, witty, there’s a little more compassion than the Coen Brothers and some sympathetic characters too. This kind of comedy writing, that still has that darkness, is very difficult to pull off and Tuomainen does it with aplomb. Look out for the flamingo, if you think it’s a good idea you should get on a plane right now and have yourself a holiday at Finland’s finest resort – Palm Beach Finland … This novel introduced more humour – blackly comic, slightly surreal touch, slightly absurd. These are the traits expanded and amplified in Palm Beach, Finland. The earlier books are darker but what they all share one thing – a genuinely original take’ Nudge Books

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‘The story line is just .. bizarre but in a good way. It actually reminded a little of The House by the Cemetery that i recently reviewed and also the Siren and the Spectre .. if you had told me they were all written by the same person and published by the same group, I wouldn’t argue too much .. but they weren’t. The characters are well written and it’s easy to find yourself nodding and chuckling along with them .. and then realising you have a soft spot for someone that you perhaps shouldn’t ..! A great read and it has definitely put this author on my radar and so will be checking out his other books soon!’ What Emma Read Next

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