Mika Waltari
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It is Written in the Stars, Inspector Palmu!

Tähdet kertovat komisario Palmu

Full of action and unexpected plot twists that Inspector Palmu and his team will have to deal with

Miss Kaino Pelkonen is walking her dog when she comes across a body. The press is immediately on the scene, cameras flashing and headlines screaming for answers. Enter Inspector Palmu and his team. Used to relying on his unerring hunch and steely nerves, Inspector Palmu will have to solve the mystery in the midst of all the mayhem. The last, but certainly not the least Waltari’s Inspector Palmu mysteries, It is Written in the Stars, Inspector Palmu! is full of all the action, humour and unexpected plot twists that have made the series so popular.


Presentation of the Palmu series

Mr Palmu, a gruff, sixty-year-old inspector in the Helsinki Police Department, is the hero of Waltari’s murder mysteries Who murdered Mrs Skrof? (Kuka murhasi Rouva Skrofin?, 1939), Inspector Palmu’s Mistake (Komisario Palmun erehdys, 1940) and It’s in the Stars, Inspector Palmu! (Tähdet kertovat, Komisario Palmu!, 1962). Inspector Palmu is a man of integrity, although susceptible to the lure of teary-eyed ladies. The imbalanced and amusing relationship between him and his assistant echoes that most famous detective tandem, Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

The Palmu murder mysteries represent one of the many facets of Waltari’s endless creativity. The Palmu novels have been adapted to three critically acclaimed feature films, all of which have become classics that almost every Finn has seen at least once. Classy but down-to-earth, the Palmu mysteries are yet more proof of Waltari’s mastery of language. One of Mika Waltari’s most popular protagonists, Inspector Palmu is the quintessential Finnish policeman: thorough, individualistic and fair. He sees through suspicious behaviour, but he has also the ability to spot the naturally innocent.



Published in

Czech (Hvezdy to reknou, 1975)
German (Kommisar Palmu, 1974)
Estonian (T’ähtede seis on selline, 1996)
Hungarian (Megmondják a csillagok, 1971)
Polish (Błąd komisarza Palmu, 2011)
Russian (Zvesdy rasskazut, komssar Palmu!, 1991)
Slovak (Komisár Palmu, 1979)
Spanish (Las estrellas hablaran, comisario Palmu, 1965).